Saturday, September 20, 2008 6:22 PM

We hope to see everyone at our first meeting of the year tomorrow, Sep 21, as we kick off our seventh season! We are meeting from 2-5pm, at the Ellington Room at the Manhattan Plaza. The address is 400 West 43, enter at Ninth Avenue, and head up to the second floor. We’ll be hearing two special presentations, one from GENE MARLOW and another from ADAM BERKOWITZ. Also, GENE MCBRIDE will be presenting music from his opera,  On Burning Ground.


Percussionist STEPHEN SOLOOK is offering a course in “Writing for Percussion.” He writes: “This Fall composers will have an opportunity to finally understand and collaborate with a percussionist about what is possible and what is not to a point that they will feel functional.  This 14 week course is dedicated to understanding the fundamentals of writing percussion. The class is geared towards composers of the college level and beyond, and was started because of how often myself and peers were approached about what is possible and what is logical. The class will be held in the centrally located area of Mid-town Manhattan at the French American School of Music.” Highlights include:– Small Classes– Weekly Assignments– A Focus on Fundamentals– All Standard Classical Percussion Instruments– Drumset– World Instruments– Solo, Chamber, and Orchestral Settings– Commissioning Project– Possible Guest Lectures Seating is limited! Call the French American School of Music at (212) 246-7378 for more information.


MADELEINE SHAPIRO cellist and director of ModernWorks, writes in with a concert of interest to the NYCC: An evening of Interactive Cello and Dance Performance, in collaboration with the PalindromePerformanceGruppe, Robert Weschler, director and Dan Hosken, music and sound design “View a sneak preview of what PalindromePerformance Gruppe is taking toIstanbul, Turkey in November. Cello, dance, electronics and eye-poping technology combine for an informal evening, with a Q and A included. This demonstration and public showing of a new work-in-progress features ModernWorks’ cellist/director MadeleineShapiro, and dancers of the PalindromePerformance Gruppe from Stuttgart, Germany. Composition and interactive music programming is by Dan Hosken. Using infrared technology, motion tracking technology and real-time digital signal processing the stage environment is influenced by the performers. Stage lighting and music are controlled by the movements of musicians and dancers in seldom-seen ways.” Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm at The Construction Company10 East 18th Street, third floor buzzer(Between 5th Avenue and Broadway)Admission: $15.00, $10.00 students/seniors (tickets at the door)212 924-7882


Violinist MIRANDA CUCKSON writes: “I’d like to let you know about my upcoming Transit Circle concert on September 21 at Mannes College (150 W 85th street). I hope you can come! This is the second TC concert that I am directing- a contemporary music concert in which I and colleagues of mine will perform recent works by living composers. I’ll be joined on the 21st by pianist Blair McMillen, flutist Christoph Bösch, violist Daniel Panner and cellist Sophie Shao. Admission is FREE and it’s at 7:30pm.” The program:Stefano Gervasoni:  Due Voci for violin and fluteBeat Furrer:  Presto for flute and pianoMichael Hersch: the wreckage of flowers  for violin and pianoRobert Cuckson:  String TrioMario Davidovsky:  Quartetto for flute and strings


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