Friday, November 6, 2009 8:21 PM

Our November Salon is Sunday, November 22, from 2-5 pm in the Ellington Room at Manhattan Plaza. Address is 400 West 43 Street, on the second floor. It’s been some time since I mentioned it here, but it is worth noting that our use of this room is thanks to the effort of GENE MCBRIDE. Thanks, Gene!


The piano duo Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia will perform piano four hand works by Long Island Composers Alliance composers Herbert Deutsch, Paul Hefner, Jay Anthony Gach, DANA RICHARDSON, Denise Broadhurst, Joel Mandelbaum, and Henry Martin. In addition, the duo will present the four hand version of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Petrushka. The concert will be held this Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2 PM at Park Ave. Methodist United Church, 106 E. 86th St. NYC, NY  Suggested Donation : $10. Reception to follow concert. For more information call 212-427-5421 or email Dana Richardson, Publicity at


Soprano SOFIA DIMITROVA will perform several songs by Honorary Member PAUL MORAVEC at Mannes College of Music, 150 West 85th Street, on Monday, Nov 16. The concert starts at 8pm in the second floor Concert Hall and is free. This is the fall semester version of New Music from Mannes College faculty composers: also on the bill are composers David Tcimpidis, David Loeb, and Robert Cuckson. For more information, call 212-580-0210 ext. 4817.


JOSEPH PEHRSON shares this concert which will be of interest to listeners of new music: The Composers Concordance presents SKINS & BREATH, a concert of new music performed by soprano Melanie Mitrano and percussionist Peter Jarvis on Wednesday, November 18, 8PM at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St., NYC.

The concert will be in two parts: the first with noted new music soprano Melanie Mitrano, which will explore the relationship between modern classical art song and jazz. She will showcase works by composers John Musto, Paul Bowles, Lori Laitman, Christopher Berg, William Bolcom, David Eddleman and Lee Hoiby. Ms. Mitrano will be joined by classical pianist Judith Munro deWette for that part of the program. She will then join jazz pianist Matt King for renditions of 6 of her own jazz songs. The second half of the concert will be devoted to the extraordinary percussionist Peter Jarvis, who will play 5 pieces on drum set by composers Gene Pritsker, David Saperstein, Wayne Peterson, Anthony Cornicello and Carlos Delgado. Two of these pieces are world premieres and two will include electronics.

Tickets are $10, available at the door.


Here is a composer opportunity submitted by Lawrence Kramer; note the deadline is December 1: Fordham University, in association with the University of California Press journal 19th-Century Music and the University’s acclaimed series Poets Out Loud, announces a joint song recital and poetry reading on April 24, 2010 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Several New York area composers will be invited to compose settings for soprano and piano of poetry by contemporary poets, including members of the Fordham English faculty and the roster of Poets Out Loud. 

Each composer will be provided with a set of poems from which to choose and allotted 7-10 minutes of music. To be considered, please submit printed scores, whether published or prepared with music notation software, of two representative compositions for voice and piano with a combined time of no more than 10 minutes, together with a CD recording (if none is available, a MIDI realization is acceptable), a brief bio with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address, and a SASE if you want materials returned. There is no application fee. Entries must be received at the address below between November 1 and December 1, 2009. Notifications of selection will be made no later than January 21st, 2010.  Scores of finished compositions must be received by March 21st, 2010. Composers must attend the concert (the poets will be there too, to read their work). 

Send materials to Lawrence Kramer, 791 Slate Quarry Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.


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