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19 Apr 
 
20 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7.30pm 
A Wonderful Day
The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)333 130 0967
http://stollerhall.com

Tickets: £15.00 / £20.00 (Early Bird £8.00 / £17.50)
Stephen Barlow Conductor
Mike Walker Electric guitar
Iain Dixon Reeds
Mike Smith Drums
Psappha Ensemble

We explore the connections between jazz, rock and classical. The centerpiece is a new work by the renowned jazz guitarist and composer Mike Walker. Psappha is joined by Mike and reeds player Iain Dixon in a piece that combines classical music with the improvisation and rhythmic drive of jazz. Mike also joins us as the soloist in Steven Mackey’s Deal, which intertwines rock and classical.

Romitelli’s palindromic work draws inspiration from German punk rock while Clyne’s A Wonderful Day features a recording of a Chicago street musician whose natrural, slow voice conveys a sense of both joy and struggle.

*Mike Walker’s new work is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.


Anna Clyne : A Wonderful Day
Fausto Romitelli : Amok Koma
Mike Walker : Autonomy
Steven Mackey : Deal

21 Apr



United States
 Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00pm 
BMOP Focuses on China with Three World Premieres
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States
617-585-1260
http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu

Tickets: $20-50
Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, ends its 22nd season with A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams: a one-night only concert of Chinese-influenced orchestral music. BMOP presents four vibrant and inventive musical voices who combine Chinese heritage with Western avant-garde influences. Music by composers Yu-Hui Chang, Huang Ruo, Anthony Paul De Ritis, and Lei Liang fill out this dynamic program.


22 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 4:00pm 
Organist Gail Archer Performs Free Concert in Glen Ellyn, IL
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
393 N Main Street
United States
630-858-1020

Tickets: Free
Gail Archer, organ

Internationally renowned concert organist and recording artist Gail Archer releases her eighth solo album A Russian Journey (TBR 09.25.17 Meyer Media) featuring works by 19th and 20th Century Russian composers including members of the Russian Five and their successors. Featuring hidden Russian gems from the organ canon, A Russian Journey enthralls listeners with Archer’s musicality, sensitivity, and visceral quality. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen. Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as "Best of 2008" in classical music and opera. Her recordings include A Russian Journey, The Muse’s Voice, Franz Lizst: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach: The Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic in the Making (Meyer Media), and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils (CALA Records). Ms. Archer’s 2017 European tour took her to Germany, Italy, the British Isles, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland. Highlights include St. Nicholas Church, Stuttgart, Germany, Church of San Domenico, Palermo, Sicily, the Temple of the Renaissance, Bryansk, Russia, the Philharmonic Hall, Khmelnytsky, Ukraine, and the Basilika Mariaska, Gdansk, Poland. She is the founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work.


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United States
 Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30 PM 
Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents The Harmony of Morning, a 15th Anniversary Concert
Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue, NYC, New York
United States
+1 800-838-3006
http://www.melodiawomenschoir.org/
info@horsedragon-nyc.com

Tickets: $20 adv ($25 door)
Melodia Women’s Choir led by Cynthia Powell, Taisiya Pushkar (piano), and an all-female chamber orchestra.


Celebrating 15 seasons of bringing women's choral music to the world with a spring program featuring a joyful all-American program of works, including the rarely heard "Harmony of Morning" from Elliott Carter, the U.S. premiere of "A Brighter Garden," by Paul Halley, as well as an encore performance of an original Melodia commission.

Set to poetry by Mark van Doren, "The Harmony of Morning" explores the language of nature and music as the purest forms of communication. It is an ode to the beauty and joy of the natural world and a perfect way to herald the spring.

Reception with light refreshments and snacks to follow the concert.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/5998
Tel: (800) 838-3006
More at melodiawomenschoir.org


Elliott Carter : The Harmony of Morning
Paul Halley : A Brighter Garden
Christina Whitten Thomas : Mornings With You
Sally Lamb McCune : Jubilee
Sally Lamb McCune : Where Do the Roads Go?
Kevin Siegfried : Shaker Songs

28 Apr



United States
 Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 4:00pm 
The Dessoff Choirs Presents Freedom Concert Inspired by Coretta Scott King
Church of St Paul and Andrew
263 West 86th Street
United States

Tickets: $20-40
The Dessoff Choirs

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs culminates its 93rd season with a “Freedom Concert” inspired by the late Coretta Scott King (b. April 27, 1927), wife of Martin Luther King Jr., and advocate for African-American equality. In this dynamic program, Dessoff offers a choral tapestry reflecting on the Civil Rights movement of the past while promoting hope for the future. The program’s centerpiece is Ralph Vaughan William’s plea for peace, Dona nobis pacem. Robert Sirota’s homage to the nine victims of the Mother Emanuel AME massacre, Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel, works by African-American composers, the well-known civil rights freedom song, “Oh Freedom,” and Bach’s Dona nobis pacem from Mass in B minor round out the program.


29 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00pm 
Organist Gail Archer Performs Free Concert in Palmyra, PA
Palmyra Church of Brethren
45 N Chestnut Street
United States
717-838-6369

Tickets: Free
Gail Archer, organ

Internationally renowned concert organist and recording artist Gail Archer releases her eighth solo album A Russian Journey (TBR 09.25.17 Meyer Media) featuring works by 19th and 20th Century Russian composers including members of the Russian Five and their successors. Featuring hidden Russian gems from the organ canon, A Russian Journey enthralls listeners with Archer’s musicality, sensitivity, and visceral quality.


29 Apr



United States
 Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3.00 pm 
Melodia Women's Choir of NYC presents The Harmony of Morning, a 15th Anniversary Concert
West End Collegiate Church
West End Ave. at 77th St
United States
http://www.westendchurch.org

Tickets: $20 adv ($25 door)
Melodia Women’s Choir led by Cynthia Powell, Taisiya Pushkar (piano), and an all-female chamber orchestra.


Celebrating 15 seasons of bringing women's choral music to the world with a spring program featuring a joyful all-American program of works, including the rarely heard "Harmony of Morning" from Elliott Carter, the U.S. premiere of "A Brighter Garden," by Paul Halley, as well as an encore performance of an original Melodia commission.

Set to poetry by Mark van Doren, "The Harmony of Morning" explores the language of nature and music as the purest forms of communication. It is an ode to the beauty and joy of the natural world and a perfect way to herald the spring.

Reception with light refreshments and snacks to follow the concert.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/5998
Tel: (800) 838-3006
More at melodiawomenschoir.org


Elliott Carter : The Harmony of Morning
Paul Halley : A Brighter Garden
Christina Whitten Thomas : Mornings With You
Sally Lamb McCune : Jubilee
Sally Lamb McCune : Where Do the Roads Go?
Kevin Siegfried : Shaker Songs

30 Apr 
 
1 May



Scotland
 Tuesday, May 01, 2018 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm 
Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society - Variation 6 Extra
Kirkcaldy Old Kirk
Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy KY1 1EH
Scotland

Tickets: £5
KOS Contemporary Ensemble & KOS Chamber Orchestra

The concert also features three pupil compositions from the orchestra's 2017-18 composition project run by John Gourlay. The pupil composers are Katie Grieve, Isobel Grieve (both of Madras College, St Andrews) and James Miller (Woodmill High School, Dunfermline).

John Gourlay : The Weaving Midnight Moon
John Gourlay : Soft Music 5

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4 May



United States
 Friday, May 04, 2018 at 8pm 
PhiloSonia presents “Liaisons NOW: The Brothers Balliett & Friends”
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
(718) 398-3078
http://www.art-newyork.org/rehearsal-space

Tickets: $25/10
Stani Dimitrova, violin; Yezu Elizabeth Woo, violin; Chieh-Fan Jay Yiu, viola; Michael Katz, cello

PhiloSonia presents the fourth and last concert of its season “Liaisons” exploring composer friendship. Having established themselves as two of the most prominent figures in today’s music world, the multi-talented brothers Brad and Doug Balliett curate a program of friends and colleagues.

Lembit Beecher : "These Memories May be True"
Andrew Norman : Sabina from "The Companion Guide to Rome"
Zachary Detrick : "A Challenge to All Of Us" (String Quartet)
Doug Balliett : Violin, Viola, Cello
Brad Balliett : Strain Trio

5 May



United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 05, 2018 at Three concerts at 11:30, 3:00 and 7:30 
Late Music: A three-part journey through Twentieth Century piano repertoire
Unitarian Chapel, York
St Saviourgate
United Kingdom
http://www.latemusic.org

Tickets: £18/14 for all-day tickets. Individual concert tickets are also available - www.latemusic.org
Ian Pace - piano

Three concerts in a single day, exploring some of the key works in the piano repertoire of the Twentieth Century.Concert 1: Schoenberg, Ives, Ravel, Bartok, Debussy etc. Concert 2: Janacek, Seeger, Webern, Cage, Messiaen etc. Concert 3: Stockhausen, Boulez, Ligeti, Finnissy, Weir, Takemitsu, etc.


6 May 
 
7 May



United States
 Monday, May 07, 2018 at 8.00pm-10.00pm 
Oratorio Society of New York: Sanctuary Road & We Are One
Carnegie Hall
New York
United States

Tickets: $25-$90
Kent Tritle, conductor; Laquita Mitchell, soprano; Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Blue, tenor; Malcolm J. Merriweather, baritone; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; and the Orchestra of the Society

The Oratorio Society of New York will close its 145th season by performing two world premieres with one powerful message: the human spirit cannot be conquered.

Paul Moravec : Sanctuary Road: An Oratorio Based on the Writings of William Still, a Conductor for the Underground Railroad
Behzad Ranjbaran : We Are One

8 May 
 
9 May



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at 7.30pm 
English Symphony Orchestra perform a World Premiere of David Matthews' Symphony No 9
St Georges Concert Hall, Bristol

United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £35, £30, £25, £15, £5
English Symphony Orchestra
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
Kenneth Woods, conductor

Describing itself as ‘the international orchestra of Elgar country’, it is fitting that this programme by the English Symphony Orchestra is bookended by two beloved works by Elgar. Alongside the enticing prospect of hearing Sheku Kanneh-Mason as soloist in the Cello Concerto, there is the chance to hear an acclaimed new orchestral rendering of the Piano Quintet. Elgar himself wrote of this work, composed a century ago in 1918, that it ‘runs gigantically and in a large mood’. So it is perhaps unsurprising how well it works in what a recent Gramophone review describes as ‘a richly upholstered orchestration’ – whilst also managing to be ‘astutely appreciative of the simmering passion and sense of loss that permeate this wistful creation.’

Complementing these quintessentially English works is the world premiere of a new symphony by another composer with a distinctively English sensibility, David Matthews.

Limited ticket availability!


David Matthews : Symphony No.9
Edward Elgar : Piano Quintet (version for symphony orchestra)
Edward Elgar : Cello Concerto

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13 May



United States
 Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 2:30pm 
Leading Female Organist Gail Archer Performs Free Concert
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
2319 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA
United States
337-232-8945
www.fatimalafayette.org

Tickets: Free
Gail Archer, organ

Internationally renowned concert organist and recording artist Gail Archer releases her eighth solo album A Russian Journey (TBR 09.25.17 Meyer Media) featuring works by 19th and 20th Century Russian composers including members of the Russian Five and their successors. Featuring hidden Russian gems from the organ canon, A Russian Journey enthralls listeners with Archer’s musicality, sensitivity, and visceral quality. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen. Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as "Best of 2008" in classical music and opera. Her recordings include A Russian Journey, The Muse’s Voice, Franz Lizst: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach: The Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic in the Making (Meyer Media), and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils (CALA Records). Ms. Archer’s 2017 European tour took her to Germany, Italy, the British Isles, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland. Highlights include St. Nicholas Church, Stuttgart, Germany, Church of San Domenico, Palermo, Sicily, the Temple of the Renaissance, Bryansk, Russia, the Philharmonic Hall, Khmelnytsky, Ukraine, and the Basilika Mariaska, Gdansk, Poland. She is the founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work.


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17 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6.30pm 

The Whitworth
Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER
United Kingdom
http://www.psappha.com/event/here-and-now/

Tickets: £5.50 to £17.50 (including concessions).
Psappha Ensemble

In a programme inspired by film, photos and animation, Psappha, Manchester’s professional contemporary classical music ensemble, showcases new works from some of the UK’s leading young composers: Will Frampton, Dani Howard, David John Roche and Bethan Morgan-Williams, whose work has been directly inspired by The Whitworth collection. Each piece will receive its world première as audiences take a musical adventure through the gallery.

Judd Greenstein : Plan of the City
MIchael Gandolfi : History of the World in Seven Acts
David Fennessy : 5 Hofer Photographs
Will Frampton : Music Alone
Dani Howard : The Den
David John Roche : No Steel Leaves
Bethan Morgan-Williams : Traces of a disco

17 May



United States
 Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7.30pm 
Georgia Shreve's first solo multi-media concert
Carnegie Hall
New York
United States

Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

On May 17th, her work will be performed at Carnegie Hall for the 7th time, in a multi-media concert for chamber orchestra, piano, choir and vocal soloists. The concert will include her new setting of Alice in Wonderland featuring Salvador Dali’s paintings based on Alice. It will also include her new film Protopia which she is creating and setting to music. The third multi-media piece, The Four Seasons, is composed of time-lapse video of the seasons created on iconic New York terraces accompanied by her Piano Concerto. Her new choral piece, Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way, will also be performed.
“It is my first solo-concert and will feature three premieres,” she says. “Four works of mine will be performed by chamber orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists that evening.”

The May 17th concert marks her fifth consecutive collaboration at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

The concert will include Georgia Shreve’s setting of Alice in Wonderland accompanied by a montage of Salvador Dali’s fascinating paintings inspired by the book. Alice in Wonderland has had a long and lively life since its debut almost 150 years ago,” says Shreve. “It has appeared in numerous animated and live-action films, has attracted over 40 illustrators, and has been issued in almost 50 editions. In setting it, I have worked hard to bring it alive in music while fusing it with the extraordinary paintings by Salvador Dali to provide new visions of the story.”

Her new film Protopia will also have its debut at the concert. “I created the word Protopia to express a vision of the future which is coming to life today, that is positive, optimistic, idealistic and altruistic, positive progress in the making. We are bombarded with negative news that blinds us to all the awe-inspiring prosocial projects and accomplishments that are happening right now.”

To illuminate this vision the composer has created a film, set to a poem by Walt Whitman, that expresses a positive universal spirit that connects us all. The film highlights the composer’s perception of current developments which are making the world a better place.

"Georgia Shreve is a unique voice in the world of contemporary music,” observes Richard Auldon Clark, founder and conductor of the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, created 30 years ago. “Her original settings combine vocal, choral and instrumental beauty with great literature and stunning images to create a new performance art for the twenty-first century.”

"Richard Auldon Clark is an extremely talented violist, conductor and composer,” says Georgia. “He and the ensemble bring my work beautifully to life and has always been a pleasure to work with him."

“Georgia has a true passion for poetry and music, and has composed musical settings for poems by some of the world’s foremost poets, including T.S. Eliot, Dante, and Wallace Stevens,” says Dr. Howard Cass, Musical Director & pianist of Ideation Productions. “Each of Georgia’s past concert events has been enthusiastically received, and I am certain that this year’s event, which features three premiere performances, will be received with equal enthusiasm and applause.”

The 3rd and final multi-media piece which will be performed at the May 17 concert is called the Four Seasons. The work features time lapse photography of some of New York’s iconic terraces that has been merged into a video and set to Shreve’s four-movement Piano Concerto.

“The concerto movements guide you through these perspectives from a private and unique vantage of the city. It is my own version of the Four Seasons,” says Georgia.

The concert also includes a new choral piece composed by Georgia, her setting of the poem Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way by Juan Felipe Herrera, the recent Poet Laureate (whose parents were migrant workers) which expresses joy, longing, and optimism.




Georgia Shreve : Alice in Wonderland
Georgia Shreve : The Four Seasons
Georgia Shreve : Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way
Georgia Shreve : Protopia
Georgia Shreve : Four Seasons

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