30
Oct

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble: Realign the Time

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Since their formation in 2010, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble has dedicated itself to commissioning and premiering new works for female, a cappella vocal quartet. They have performed around the country and collaborated with many composers and other new music ensembles with unique aplomb and versatility. This passion shows through their recently released debut album “Realign the Time,” an introspective but vibrant collection of works written especially for them.

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28
Oct

Sonic Topographies / Vancouver New Music Festival 2014

Vancouver New MusicVancouver New Music Festival celebrated its 2014 edition from October 16 to October 19 with the theme Sonic Topographies, bringing together the works of composers and sound artists alike into a common discourse on the nature of music, sound, and sustainability. True to these topics of interest, the third night of the festival on Saturday, October 18 featured a diverse and inquisitive range of works by Leslie García, John Luther Adams, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Annea Lockwood.

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams

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27
Oct

This week: concerts in New York (October 27 – November 2, 2014)

Steve Reich

Steve Reich

All-Steve Reich Program: Colin Currie, Daniel Druckman, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Philip Moore

Two of Reich’s early works, Clapping Music and Drumming, will be performed alongside the US premiere of Quartet—co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Don’t miss the pre-concert talk starting at 7:00 PM in Zankel Hall: Steve Reich and Colin Currie in conversation with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.
Wednesday, October 29 at 8 PM
Tickets from $35 – $45
Carnegie Hall/Zankel Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City
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John Supko & Bill Seaman: s_traits, with Wet Ink Ensemble

Wet Ink

Wet Ink

Clocktower Productions and Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation present the release event for composer John Supko’s CD s_traits, created in collaboration with media artist Bill Seaman and the intelligent computer program, bearings_traits. The performance features musicians from Wet Ink Ensemble, performing alongside bearings_traits’ spontaneously generated music, composed by navigating an 110-hour database of audio samples and forging them into multitrack pieces in real time. To complement the music, a video program, arranged by Seaman, projects free-form images in the space.
Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 PM
Free
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Kendall Williams: Composers OutFront!

Pan in Motion: Kendall Williams in Concert features works for steel pan by Williams, American Composers Orchestra’s 2013/2014 Van Lier Emerging Composer Fellow. His pieces display the versatility of the steel pan, an instrument born out of Trinidad and Tobago that is one of the newest acoustical instruments to be incorporated into Caribbean, contemporary classical, and expressive jazz movements. The performers for the evening will be trumpet player Minerva Johnson; NYU Steel Band; and the Crossfire and Brooklyn Steel Orchestras.
Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 PM
Free
Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY
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BalletCollective

Hotel Elefant

Hotel Elefant

BalletCollective will present two world premiere ballets that showcase the company’s commitment to artistic collaboration. The program will also include The Impulse Wants Company. All three works will be accompanied by live music performed by the ensemble Hotel Elefant and feature lighting design by Brandon Stirling Baker.
Wednesday, October 29 & 30 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20-$75
NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
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24
Oct

Dosia McKay’s Glossolalia, an Achievement of Aural Antics

Glossolalia - Dosia McKay

Dosia McKay is no stranger to success – her compositions have been premiered at universities and galleries across the United States, and has also been heard on National Public Radio. Native to Poland, she moved to the United States in 1991 and has built a career focusing on aural oddities and surprising sounds. McKay spends her time in North Carolina, weaving jazzy chords, floating soundscapes, and Polish folk music into otherwise “classical” music.

Glossolalia means to speak in tongues, a common phenomenon in born-again churches of the American South. McKay explains in the disc jacket that this album was written to explore the intricacies and fluidity of language, in a way that’s understood no matter you native tongue. From even the first glance, Glossolalia draws its audience into McKay’s vision.

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22
Oct

Met Opera premiere of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer

Aubrey Allicock (Mamoud), Paulo Szot (Captain), and Sean Panikkar (Molqi) in The Death of Klinghoffer. Photo credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Aubrey Allicock (Mamoud), Paulo Szot (Captain), and Sean Panikkar (Molqi) in The Death of Klinghoffer. Photo credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Monday, October 20 marked the opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s highly anticipated production of The Death of Klinghoffer, with a score by John Adams and a libretto by Alice Goodman. The Met’s production has been dripping with controversy and allegations that the opera is anti-Semitic, which led to the cancellation of the international simulcast of the opera. Whether you agree or disagree with these claims, there is no denying that the Met’s production was stunning.

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