Friday, May 22, 2009 7:01 PM

Our final NYCC CONCERT of the 2008-2009 season is next Tuesday, May 26 at a traditional location familiar to all NYCC regulars, The Saint Peters Church at the Citigroup Center, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street. The concert gets underway at 8pm and will feature compositions by two of our honorary members, PAUL MORAVEC and JOHN EATON, as well as the winner of the second annual NYCC Composition competition, a piece by BRIAN FENNELLY. JACOB GOODMAN, DEBRA KAYE, RICHARD MCCANDLESS, and CHRISTOPHER MONTGOMERY round out the terrific program. 

NYCC Performer and Composers members will be adding to excellent roster of players on the evening, including CESAR VUKSIC, piano, JOHN EATON, piano; DEBRA KAYE, piano; STEPHEN SOLOOK, percussion; RICHARD MCCANDLESS, percussion; they will be joined by some new and familiar faces, including Linda Larson, soprano; Nancy Ogle, soprano; Duo Parnas (Madalyn Parnas, violin; Cicely Parnas, cello); Leon Khoja-Eynatyan, percussion; Matt Smallcomb, percussion;  Christopher Oldfather, piano. 

For full details, including titles, bios, etc etc etc. you can read a sneak peek copy of the program at


The ACA Summer Music Festival, running from June 17-20 2009 celebrates many NYCC composers, including JOHN EATON, RICHARD BROOKS, MARGARET FAIRLIE-KENNEDY, BRIAN FENNELLY, HUBERT HOWE, and recent NYCC guest, RAOUL PLESKOW. See the full line-up of concerts, pieces, and performers at All concerts are at the Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Broadway and 95th


DEBRA KAYE‘s The Beauty Way will premiere May 29th at the Second Presbyterian Church at 96th Street and Central Park West (south corner). The concert, billed as “Bach, Byrd, and Beyond” will include works by William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Orlando Gibb ons, Matthew Locke, Henry Purcell, Thomas Lupo, and Marin Marais. Admission is a $10 suggested donation to benefit the church’s organ-restoration fund. Join the players at a post-concert reception.

The group is the Empire Viols, formed in 1994 and in residence at Second Presbyterian Church since 1998. The core group of two viols and harpsichord frequently expands to include more viols or other instruments, while maintaining a focus on the rich duo viol repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The $10 suggested donation is to benefit the church’s organ restoration fund. More info at


JOSEPH PEHRSON writes in about the next Composers Concordance concert. Performing Arts at CAM presents the Composers Concordance Spring 2009 concert Wednesday, June 10, 7PM (NOTE TIME) at the Chelsea Art Museum, home of the Miotte Foundation, 556 West 22nd Street at 11th Avenue. For this second concert of the 2008-2009 season, the Composers Concordance will present a program in which On the Moon and Beyond, the theme of a multi-media summer exhibition at the museum celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first human walk on the moon, will be reflected in new pieces written for flute, clarinet and piano. The program will feature new and recent works, including three world premieres, by the directors of Composers Concordance and music by Otto Luening, a composer long-associated with the organization. There will also be large-scale projections of the visuals behind the performers: Margaret Lancaster, flute/piccolo, Esther Lamneck, clarinet, Michiyo Suzuki, bass clarinet and Paul Hoffmann, piano. Compositions include Otto Luening’s Moonflight for tape-recorded flute (1968) transcribed for flute & live electronics by Dan Cooper (2009) and performed by Margaret Lancaster, Gene Pritsker’s Galileo Starry Messenger for flute, clarinet, & piano (2009) (premiere) performed by Lancaster, Lamneck and Hoffmann, Patrick Hardish’s  Meyer’s Moon Blues for solo clarinet (2009) (premiere), a tribute to composer Meyer Kupferman written for clarinetist Esther Lamneck, Dan Cooper’s Trio for flute, clarinet, & piano (2003) performed by the three players, and JOSEPH PEHRSON‘s newLunar Tunes for flute, clarinet, & piano (2009) (premiere), also for Lancaster, Lamneck and Hoffmann. Otto Luening’s Chords at Night for solo piano (1988) played by Paul Hoffmann will conclude the moon and star-studded program. Tickets are $15/ $10 students/seniors and are available at the door on the evening of the concert.


If you did not receive the emails directly from JOHN DE CLEF PIÑEIRO recently, or have not heard the sad news elsewhere, you may like to know that two long time legends of New York’s music scene announced their imminent closings. Manny’s Music, at 156 West 48th Street near Broadway is closing after 73 years, as is Patelsons at 160 West 56, after 70 years. Both are having close-out sales, if you are interested in stopping by for a visit.


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