Monday, April 28, 2008 5:59 PM

Violinist STANI DIMITROVA will be presenting her Masters graduation recital tomorrow evening, April 29, at Juilliard’s Paul Hall. The concert has an early start time: 6pm. Stani will be performing works by Franck, Brahms, Lutoslawski, and Ravel. The concert is free and open to the public. 


JOSPEH PEHRSON writes: “I am happy to announce that NYCC member CESAR VUKSIC will be premiering a piece of mine at Brooklyn Conservatory on Saturday, May 3 at 8PM. The piece is “Transpian” for piano and electronics in the “near just intonation” scale of “Blackjack” that I frequently use. This piece, I feel, is quite resonant and challenging for the pianist.  I’m glad I’m not trying to play it myself (ha, ha…) Also on the concert are compositions by Brahms, Vuksic, Jerome David Goodman, Bartok and Debussy. Brahms, Bartok and Debussy did not object to having the Pehrson work on the program… To get to the Brooklyn Conservatory, please take the “Q” Train express to 7th Avenue station in Brooklyn. That’s 3 blocks away from the destination:  Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn. Looking forward to seeing you there!”

Cesar also writes in with a practical matter: admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors.


STANI DIMITROVA will premiere RICHARD RUSSELL‘s first Violin Sonata on May 11 at 3pm, with Jenny Huang gracing the piano. The venue is the historic Blessed Sacrament Church at 152 West 71 in Manhattan. Also on the bill is SOFIA DIMITROVA who will be performing a special piano/vocal arrangement of Rich’s Three Elegies. Other pieces are by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and new pieces by Evan Lewis and Raphael Fusco. The performance is being presented by the Musica Bella Orchestra. Suggested donation is $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.


Although there’s admittedly not much connection between this event and the New York Composers Circle, fans of new music will want to know that this week Mannes College of Music is hosting its annual Contemporary Music Festival, highlighting the works of composer-in-residence Jennifer Higdon. Monday (Apr 28) the Mannes Percussion Ensemble performs. Tuesday (Apr 29), Madeline Shapiro’s NewMusicMannes Ensemble performs (with soprano TIFFANY DUMOUCHELLE on the bill). Wednesday (Apr 30) the CIRCE Chamber Ensemble performs, and Thursday (May 1) the Mannes Orchestra performs. A work or two of Jennifer Higdon is programmed each evening, and the programs feature works by faculty, along with student works that have been coached by Higdon over the last academic year. Each concert starts at 8pm and is free and open to the public. Mannes is at 150 West 85th Street. For specific programs, call 212-580-0210 ext. 4817, or email Rich Russell at


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