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2016 NYWC Seed Money Grant Recipients Announced

The Seed Money Grant program is an important stimulus for performances of music by women composers, as well as the introduction of NYWC members' music to performers. The program has resulted in over 40 concert programs of contemporary music which have included a wide selection of works by NYWC members between a diverse representation of soloists, ensembles and presenters.

The 2016 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS are:

1) Anna Lorraine Tonna and Isabel Perez Dobarro of Spain have received a grant to perform two concerts with the same program in Madrid, Spain, and New York, in honor of the 500th year anniversaries of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare. The concert will feature works for mezzo-soprano and piano that set texts by Cervantes or Shakespeare, or are inspired by their works. The concert will be a joint venture with Mujeres en la Musica and the American Space at the American Culture Center in Madrid (which is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy). The Madrid concert is scheduled to take place in mid-May. Anna Tonna.

2) Ana Cervantes, pianist from Mexico, has received a grant to perform a recital in New York in the fall of 2017 and will also perform the concert in Guanajuato, Mexico, and possibly Mexico City. Ana Cervantes is a Yamaha Concert Artist. Ana Cervantes.

3) The Iktus Duo of flute and percussion has received a grant to do a concert as part of the Multicultural Sonic Evolution Festival at the Secret Theater in Long Island City, Queens, New York, November 2016. The concert will consist of pieces by New York Women Composers. Iktus Duo.

4) Trio Casals has received a grant for a concert in Syracuse, New York, hosted by the Syracuse Society for New Music. Trio Casals was formed in 1996 and has performed music by many women composers. Its members are Sylvia Ahramjian, violin, Ovidiu Marinescu, cello, and Anna Kislitsyna, piano. The Syracuse Society for New Music is in its 45th consecutive season, its advisor is Neva Pilgrim. Syracuse Society for New Music.

5) The Heartland Marimba Festival, based in Waterloo, Iowa, has received a Disseminated Performances category grant to perform works featuring marimba by NYWC composers throughout the grant cycle. Heartland Marimba Festival .

6) Paracademia Center has received a grant for a “Ladies First 2016: We’re All Immigrants” concert to take place at the Opera Center America Scorca Hall, New York City. Ladies First.

7) Miolina violin duo has received a grant to perform two concerts with the same program in Tokyo, Japan, and Scorca Hall in New York City. The Tokyo concert will be held in March 2017 to honor International Women’s Day. Miolina.

8) Composer Elizaveta Sanicheva has received a grant to curate a concert in Moscow, Russia, to include music by Russian-American NYWC composer-members. Ms. Sanicheva is currently pursuing her Ph.D. studies in Moscow. Elizaveta Sanicheva.

Exciting Spectrum of 2015 CD Releases

2015 CD Releases featuring music by members of the New York Women Composers, from art songs to grand orchestral, from Native American flute to solo tuba.

Marilyn Bliss: Mystic Voices Soaring: Chamber Music for the Native American Flute, Albany Records
Svjetlana Bukvich: The NYFA Collection, Volume 2, Innova Recordings
Chen Yi: Suite for Cello and Chamber Winds, Naxos Classical
Chen Yi: Symphony, "Humen 1839", Naxos Classical
Eleanor Cory: Naxos American Classics, Amazon
Mary Ann Joyce-Walter: Immortal Diamond, Ravello Records
Mary Ann Joyce-Walter & Marga Richter: Vangards Volume 2, Ravello Records
Marga Richter: Dew-drops on a Lotus Leaf, ArkivMusic
Faye-Ellen Silverman: ZigZags, Amazon
Mira J. Spektor: Villa Diodati: A Chamber Opera, Albany Records DVD
Frances White & Kristin Norderval: She Lost Her Voice, That’s How We Knew, Ravello Records
Rain Worthington: Elements Rising, Navona Records
Judith Lang Zaimont: “Pure, Cool (Water)” - Symphony No. 4, Sorel Classics

RESULTS OF THE NYWC 2015 SEED-MONEY GRANTS

This year, we had nine deserving proposals of very wide instrumentational and genre diversity. They will each receive $750 each for the coming season, in a mixture of Focused and Recording grants. Most have full or partial score calls, with the remainder having already selected their participants.

Score calls will be circulated as they become finalized.

2015 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS 1) A Focused Grant for The Boston New Music Initiative to present a minimum of three different NYWC members on a concert during either its seventh or eighth season.
www.bostonnewmusic.org.

2) A Focused Grant for ENSEMBLE MISE-EN to give a concert at its home base in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
www.mise-en.org

. 3) A Focused Concert by Carol Sudhalter, founder and director of the Astoria Big Band, of jazz or pop-adaptable pieces with improvisational elements for a combination including a vocalist, a rhythm section of piano, upright bass, and drums, and flute, tenor saxophone, or baritone saxophone (one person plays the wind instruments).
http://sudhalter.com/

4) A Focused Concert for Kindred Spirits, entitled “That ‘Certain Age’” – an evening of short operas celebrating aging with grace, courage and humor.
http://www.annephillips.com/KindredSpirits501c3.html.

5) A Focused Concert by Duo Montagnard, a saxophone and guitar duo.
www.duomontagnard.com/home.html
6) A Focused Concert by soprano Alla Borzova to present a concert of mixed solo and duo music in New York City.
https://soundcloud.com/borzova-tonnaduo

7) A Focused Concert for The Curiosity Cabinet, with the theme “The Sphere of Influence,” to take place at South Oxford Space in downtown Brooklyn.
www.the-curiosity-cabinet.com/#!ensemble-bio/cjg9

8) A Recording Grant to Parthenia Consort for “New Tales: 21st Century Music for Viol Consort,” to be released on the MSR Classics label.
http://parthenia.org

9) A Recording Grant for Ensemble “2 Flutes” (Laura Falzon and Pamela Sklar) to fund the recording and release of a digital recording featuring works by several NYWC composers.
www.2flutes.net.

New CD Release - North/South Consonance

Gotham Siren
Four song cycles by Stefania de Kenessey's inspired by the 9/11 tragedy
now available on the adventurous North/South Recordings label.

The New York Times described Stefania de Kenessey's style as “ ...having touches of theater music and early rock drifting through it. Accessible melody prevails...lovely moments of tonality and old-fashioned lyricism.”

And Fanfare Magazine proclaimed "....... De Kenessey’s music is extremely accessible, appealing, and deserving of a wider audience…. Her melodic style is rich. the themes sing in the manner one associates with great songs, and everything, fast or slow, has an amazing rhythmic life that propels the music forward…”

Superbly recorded performances featuring soprano Adina Aaron; mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala; and baritone Christópheren Nomura all accompanied by The San Francisco Opera’s John Churchwell.

The album booklet includes complete copies of texts by Tom Disch, Dana Gioia and Frederick Turner that served as inspiration for Ms. de Kenessey.

A moving tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attack on America, by a truly unique American composer

http://www.amazon.com/Stefania-Kenessey-Gotham-John-Churchwell/dp/B00QFNA6HS

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stefania-kenessey-gotham-siren/id947609283

https://play.spotify.com/artist/22yNygTqalQBTXPdRwMNeW?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open


New CD Release - Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Few events happen that shock all living generations, causing them to never forget their memories. For many, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. is such an event. In 1970, composer Mary Ann Joyce-Walter wrote a piece in honor of King, Immortal Diamond, the title track on her release single on Ravello Records.

The form of this orchestral and choral work is modeled after Bach's Passion of St. Matthew. While the work has excerpts from the Bible illustrating moments of Jesus' life and death, these are not separated by chorales as in Bach's Passion. Rather, these images are intertwined with "stream-of-consciousness" excerpts from 19th- and 20th-century texts, including Alice in Wonderland and selections from the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, John L'Heureaux, Robert Frost, and others. The piece is a realization of the composer's personal belief that the individual has a unifying spiritual connection to the suffering of Jesus Christ

For more information and to learn where to purchase this CD visit http://ravellorecords.com/catalog/rr7900/?utm_source=MASTER+List&utm_campaign=b8dcd0051f-Jan_2015_Newsletter1_16_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_92bc7950aa-b8dcd0051f-270027417

New York Women Composers Announces 2014 Seed Money Grant Recipients

The New York Women Composers’ annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for Concerts or CD Recording projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members.

2014 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS

1) A Disseminated Grant for Ensemble “2 Flutes” (Laura Falzon and Pamela Sklar) with an instrumentation of flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, Native American flute, and piano on some occasions. They will program music by five NYWC members in New York City and Westchester County concerts. Websites for the two artists are: Laura Falzon: http://www.laurafalzon.com and Pamela Sklar: http://www.pamelasklar.com

2) A Focused Grant for Feminine Musique: a vocal duo comprised of Tammy Hensrud, Mezzo Soprano, and Korliss Uecker, Soprano, and piano accompaniment, with the sometime addition of an additional instrument. Their website is www.femininemusique.com. They have recital dates scheduled throughout the country.

3) A Disseminated Grant for Women Composers Festival of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut) www.womencomposersfestivalhartford.com. The Festival, which has been running now for several years, will take place March 4–8, 2015, and will program five works by NYWC members on its schedule. The available instrumentation will be solo piano, string quartet, or composer-provided performer(s).

4) A Focused Grant for Marie Incontrera and the Eco-Music Big Band (Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ecomusicbigband/info), for a special concert entitled MATRIARCH. The instrumentation of the Eco-Music Big Band is unique; featuring four saxophones (ATTB), four trumpets, two trombones (tenor and bass), violin, cello, piano, electric bass, and drums. Adding violin and cello to the traditional big band instrumentation provides a singular and unique sound, with opportunities for fusion between the expected big band sound and a more classical/Western flair.

5) A Focused Grant to Icelandic violinist Eva Ingolf, who will be performing the music of Joyce Hope Suskind, Rain Worthington, and Beth Anderson in a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a Wikipedia entry here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Ingolf and can be heard here in excerpts of several pieces https://soundcloud.com.

6) A Focused Grant to the violin duo Miolina (Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold), who will give a concert in New York City. Repertoire for this concert was selected from the NYWC online catalog, with music by Debra Kaye, Beata Moon, Chen Yi, Rain Worthington, and Max Lifchitz. For more information, their website is www.miolinanyc.wix.com/miolina

New Book featuring NYWC Members

The July 2013 release of the book In Her Own Words - Conversations with Composers in the United States (University of Illinois Press) is now available in eBook format and will be soon available in paperback.

The book features NYWC members Beth Anderson, Svjetlana Bukvich, Hilary Tann and Chen Yi

http://press.illinois.edu/books/catalog/36bym7bk9780252037597.html

Life and Music of Marga Richter

Now available on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Marga-Richter-Composers-Sharon-Mirchandani/dp/0252078918

This is the first full-length introduction to the life and works of significant American composer Marga Richter (born 1926), who has written more than one hundred works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, dance, opera, voice, chorus, piano, organ, and harpsichord. Still actively composing in her eighties, Richter is particularly known for her large-scale works performed by ensembles such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and for other pieces performed by prominent artists including pianist Menahem Pressler, conductor Izler Solomon, and violinist Daniel Heifetz.

Interspersing consideration of Richter's musical works with discussion of her life, her musical style, and the origins and performances of her works, Sharon Mirchandani documents a successful composer's professional and private life throughout the twentieth century. Covering Richter's formative years, her influences, and the phases of her career from the 1950s to the present, Mirchandani closely examines Richter's many interesting, attractive musical works that draw inspiration from distinctly American, Irish/English, and Asian sources. Drawing extensively on interviews with the composer, Mirchandani also provides detailed descriptions of Richter's scores and uses reviews and other secondary sources to provide contexts for her work, including their relationship to modern dance, to other musical styles, and to 1970s feminism

Review of Judith Lang Zaimont's Navona CD, Eternal Evolution

Read a marvelous new Audiophile Audition review of Judith Lang Zaimont's Eternal Evolution CD at http://www.amazon.com/Marga-Richter-Composers-Sharon-Mirchandani/dp/0252078918
Victoria Bond Awarded the 2013 Miriam Gideon Prize

The International Alliance for Women in Music has awarded Victoria Bond the 2013 Miriam Gideon Prize for her composition “Two Loves” for soprano, piano and string trio. This aria comes from her opera “Clara” which she is composing with librettist Barbara Zinn Krieger.
New CD Release

Announcing the release of mezzo-soprano, Katherine Eberle's newest compact disc recording titled:

In this Moment: Women and their Songs

Published by Albany Records, Troy 1432.

If you are interested in art songs by women composers this includes works of composers: Juliana Hall, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen and Judith Cloud.

See www.albanyrecords.com and click on new releases for more details.

Or below here is a link: http://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AR&Product_Code=TROY1432&Category_Code=a-NR

RESULTS OF THE NYWC 2013 SEED-MONEY GRANTS

The New York Women Composers has awarded nine 2013 Seed Money Grants for the coming season. One is a recording grant and the others are a mixture of focused and disseminated concerts.

2013 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS

1. Women Composers Festival of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut). This year's festival will take place March 6-9, 2014

. 2. The Orchestra da Camera of San Anselmo, California. The orchestra is an award-winning string ensemble of pre-professional members of the Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School, directed by Ann Krinitsky

3. Baritone singer Chai-Lun Yueh, a member of the college voice faculty at Trinity College and Wesleyan University

4. The Nouveau Classical Project, an all-female cutting-edge music ensemble that reimagines classical and new music through interdisciplinary projects and connects emerging composers with diverse audiences

5. The Borzova-Fousteris Vocal Duo, Alla Borzova (NYWC member composer and singer) and Helen Fousteris, are a soprano-mezzo soprano duo (accompanied by pianist Nataliya Medvedovskaya)

6. Ensemble Mise-En, an innovative and versatile New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha, will produce a festival June 6–8, 2014.

7. Nailah Nombeko (NYWC member composer) will curate two concerts for Vox Novus

8. Aviva Players, co-directors Mira Spektor and Dorothy Indenbaum, will present an evening of short mini-operas of 5 - 20 minutes for 2 to 4 singers and piano

9. Max Lifchitz, pianist, will record a CD that will include works of NYWC members Elizabeth Bell, Katherine Hoover, Nailah Nombeko, and Margarita Zelenaia, for North/South Recordings label.

New CD Release - Beth Anderson

The Praying Mantis and The Bluebird
MSR Classics has issued The Praying Mantis and The Bluebird - Flute Music of Beth Anderson (MS1434).

Featured are World Premiere recordings of The Praying Mantis and The Bluebird, Dr. Blood's Mermaid Lullaby, September Swale and Kummi Dance for flute and piano, Skate Suite and The Eighth Ancestor for baroque flute, alto recorder, baroque cello and harpsichord, Lullaby of the Eighth Ancestor for C flute and piano, Preparation For The Dominant: Outrunning The Inevitable for ocarina,Shakuhachi Run for shakuhachi, Flute Swale for alto flute and Comment for solo flute.

Performers are Beth Anderson, piano, the wonderful Andrew Bolotowsky (Beth's favorite Bluebird) on flutes, Gregory Bynum, recorder, David Bakamjian, cello and Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord.

Much more about the new CD at http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1434

Julia Muench Receives Audience Award

Julia Muench received the Audience Award for her piece "Nautilus Dances" at the SoBe Arts subtropics festival Miami, in a concert of world premieres on Friday, March 15, 2013. Nautilus Dances is arranged for clarinet, piano, viola , and cello. The performance was held at SoBE Arts/ the Carl Fisher Clubhouse, in South Beach, Florida. The performers were:
Paul Green, clarinet, Milana Strezeva, piano Carl St. Jacques, viola, Kaneron Cole, cello.
Winner of Contempo Festival's "International Composers' Competition" Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Mary Ann Joyce-Walter was a recipient of an award from the Boston Contempo Festival's "International Composers' Competition, 2013." The reward was given for her setting of Pablo Neruda's The Heights of Machu Picchu, Canto XII, an art song for tenor, piano and cajon peruano. The song will receive performances as part of Boston Metro Opera's regular season.
Judith Lang Zaimont Awarded Major Symphony Commissioning Grant by The Sorel Organization

Composer Judith Lang Zaimont has been awarded a major commissioning grant by The Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization, Inc. in support of her Pure, Cool (Water) - Symphony No. 4 project.

Judy Cope, Executive Director of the organization, said, “After listening to, "Art Fire Soul" (a CD) featuring solo pianist Elizabeth Moak, it became perfectly clear to the board of director's of The Sorel Organization that not only did this composer deserve our attention but our priority list would reorganize itself in an effort to promote her work. Judith Lang Zaimont has built a note-worthy career in America but her greatest triumphs having been experienced in Europe. If her new commission of Pure, Cool (Water) is a step beyond her latest piano works, we all have something very special in store for us. It is a privilege to be a part of this great woman's journey.”

The Sorel Organization creates opportunities for women in composition, conducting, piano, voice and film scoring. Their mission is to keep musical excellence alive and to help expand the boundaries for women in music. Visit them at http://sorelmusic.org/.


Joelle Wallach is a Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music Composer of the Month

Composer Joelle Wallach is one of the Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music’s February Composers of the Month. She joins others such as Edgard Varese, Giya Kancheli, Stephen Albert and Henri Lazarof in this distinction.

The Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music is a wide ranging web nexus for contemporary concert music. Their mission is to promote contemporary composers and their music through information, understanding and performances. The site includes composer profiles, video and audio features, CD reviews and much more. Visit them at http://www.pytheasmusic.org/.

News from Hildegard Publishing Company

New Piano Work Now Available
Composer, Binnette Lipper
Hildegard is proud to present New York composer, Binnette Lipper's Bagatelles for Piano. Written in 1999, the pieces represent a broad range of moods and subjects, and all are light in spirit. Their titles call to mind universal experiences and are meant to provoke the imagination.

Find out more about Bagatelles for Piano at http://www.hildegard.com/catalog.php?keyword=490-01169

Critical Acclaim and Grammy Potential for CDs of Solo Piano Music by Judith Lang Zaimont

Recent CDs of solo piano music by Judith Lang Zaimont, Art Fire Soul, a 2-CD set performed by Elizabeth Moak on MSR Classics (MS 1366) and Christopher Atzinger's Naxos recording of Zaimont’s Sonata, A Calendar Set and Nocturne (Catalogue No. 8.559665) are receiving great reviews, considerable international airplay and consideration towards a 2013 Grammy nomination. The MSR indispensable set of performances by Elizabeth Moak is included in several Classical categories for consideration towards a 2013 Grammy nomination and award.
New York Times review of the NYVS Concert with commission premiere by Chen Yi

Read a fabulous New York Times review of the New York Virtuoso Singers' October 21 concert at Merkin Hall - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/arts/music/new-york-virtuoso-singers-at-merkin-concert-hall.html?ref=arts&_r=0, which featured 12 commissioned works from 12 composers">http://www.facebook.com/l/cAQGAs4EZ/www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/arts/music/new-york-virtuoso-singers-at-merkin-concert-hall.html?ref=arts&_r=0, which featured 12 commissioned works from 12 composers.
New CD Release - Joelle Wallach's String Quartet No. 2

String Quartet No. 2 has been recorded by the University of North Texas Conductors String Quartet for the 4Tay label as part of Dr. Wallach's new The Door Standing Opencollection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034).

The CD is available at CD Baby - href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach">http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach

and Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Texas-Conductors-String-Quartet/dp/B008RN5RZ0/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1346774036&sr=1-1&keywords=The+door+standing+open. String Quartet No. 2 is also available on the Capstone label (along with Wallach's other string quartets and her remarkable cello concerto), performed by the Meridian String Quartet - http://www.amazon.com/Wallach-Shadow-Sighs-Songs-Longing/dp/B00005RGGZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346782359&sr=8-1&keywords=Shadow+Sighs+and+Songs+of+Longing.

New CD Release featuring Music by Rain Worthington

Rain Worthington's orchestra piece, Of Time Remembered is is part of a new compilation Enhanced CD entitled PARADIGMS (with scores included on the disk). This recording is available at Naxos Direct http://www.naxosdirect.com/GOOCH-WORTHINGTON-QUILLING---PARADIGMS-NEW-SOUNDS-FOR-THE/title/NV5880/ and Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Paradigms-New-Sounds-Modern-Orchestra/dp/B008DWFZSY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1345650480&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=PARADIGMS+NV5880

PARADIGMS explores the notion that music of varied influences, backgrounds, and techniques can be presented as a criterion of modern classical as a whole. With orchestral works that dive into the dramatic and expressive, ponder the impressionistic, and compare the peaceful with the chaotic, this album posits that music of all studies, influences, and methods of creation are pieces of a larger puzzle that shape the American contemporary soundscape.

New CD Release - Music by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

New CD of Music by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter - Cantata for the Children of Terezin is now available on Amazon.com

Featuring two works for orchestra. The text of Cantata for the Children of Terezin, uses poems written by children incarcerated at the Terezin concentration camp during the WW II. By shining a light on the thoughts of children in the camps, the composer hopes to bring about global awareness of these atrocities committed in the hope that these acts will never happen again. Likewise, Aceldama highlights horrors of the 21st century, serving as a meditation on human suffering occurring on such a large scale where its enormity is incomprehensible.

Judith Lang Zaimont Concerto Receives Major Award from The American Prize in Orchestral Composition

Judith Lang Zaimont’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra Solar Travellerť has received one of three major awards from The American Prize in Composition 2012, orchestral division. This was the only work for symphonic wind ensemble so honored – the other two works are for traditional orchestra.

See the three-part video of the piece online at https://vimeo.com/7476114, https://vimeo.com/7490693 and https://vimeo.com/7490693.

The Concerto was commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles and their conductors from several of Americas finest universities, including The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, University of Minnesota, Eastman School of Music, Indiana State University, Louisiana State University, Shepherd University, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern Mississippi.

More about the The American Prize in Composition 2012 and the competition at http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2012/05/winners-in-orchestral-composition-2012.html.

Music by Awilda Villarini chosen for Flute Project

Awilda Villarini's Variaciones sobre el canto del coqui, was chosen in the call for scores for the commissioning project The Flutist's Field Guide to Birds, Insects and Flowers of the World.
Pamela Sklar's upcoming CD of her original music

Pamela Sklar's upcoming CD of her original music, A Native American-Jazz Tribute, is due for release in mid-late March. Straddling world music and jazz, it is classical and improvised chamber music for mixed instruments, featuring flutes played by the composer (flute, alto flute & bass flute).

Inspired by Native American and jazz musical styles, this CD co-features eleven other classical & jazz musicians.

Minnesota Public Radio Interview with Judith Lang Zaimont Now Online

A new Minnesota Public Radio interview with Judith Lang Zaimont is online. The talk with Steve Staruch can be heard at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/08/interview-with-judith-lang-zaimont/.

This is in connection with the regional Premiere of her “Solar Traveller" Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra, presented by the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Craig Kirchhoff, on February 9, at 7:30 pm in Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th Street South in Minneapolis. The pianist will be Timothy Lovelace, associate professor of collaborative piano at the University.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://events.umn.edu/U-of-M-Wind-Ensemble-Performs-Regional-Premiere-of-Judith-Lang-Zaimonts-Sol.htm.

New website about Victoria Bond’s opera “Mrs. President”

Visit the new website detailing information about Victoria Bond’s opera “Mrs. President” http://www.mrspresidenttheopera.com/

Based on a real person, Victoria Woodhull’s life story reads like grand opera. Her run for president in 1872 – decades before women had the right to vote – was just the tip of the iceberg. She was a clairvoyant, publisher, stockbroker and proponent of free love. Her flamboyant ways made her a threat to conservative 19th century New Yorkers.

Despite her courage and persistence, Woodhull was viciously attacked by the conservative society in which she lived, a movement which was spear-headed by the powerful and influential preacher Henry Ward Beecher. Woodhull spent Election Day in prison, jailed for revealing Beecher’s secret life, a sex scandal that ignited the public and the press.

Composer Victoria Bond and librettist Hilary Bell were drawn to Woodhull’s compelling character because her goal of women’s equality remains a hot-button issue throughout the world today. In a review of the 2008 workshop performance of Mrs. President at Guild Hall in East Hampton, Fred Volkmer of The East Hampton Star writes,

“Not only is the opera significant for what it says about the nature of men and women and their equality, something that we continue to strive for. But it is revelatory of what new music—music that adheres to tonality and celebrates the lyric capabilities of the human voice—can be. “


Eternal Evolution, a new CD of chamber music by Judith Lang Zaimont

Eternal Evolution, a new CD of chamber music by Judith Lang Zaimont has been released on the Navona Records label (NV5846).

Featured works are her String Quartet - The Figure”, Zones – Piano Trio No. 2, Astral…a mirror life on the astral plane...for solo viola and Serenade for piano trio.

Performers are the Harlem Quartet (Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violins, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola and Paul Wiancko, cello) and pianist Awadagin Pratt. More about the CD at http://navonarecords.com/

Hilary Tann, Composer-in-Residence for the 2011 Eastman Women in Music Festival, March 21-25

The Women in Music Festival is proud to welcome Hilary Tann as its guest Composer-in-Residence for 2011. A special "Tann-retrospective" evening concert of her works will be held on Monday, March 21 at 8 pm in the Downtown Presbyterian Church. This concert will feature the world premiere of "Exultet Terra" for antiphonal choirs and double-reed quintet, as well as chamber works, including the concerto “Shakkei” featuring saxophonist Chien-Kwan Lin.

Growing up in South Wales, the composer developed a love of nature which has inspired all her music. "Exultet Terra," subtitled "Among Thy Trees," invites the audience to consider the beauty, peace, and joy of the pastoral world.

Hilary Tann, who is the John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College in Schenectady, will be in Rochester for the four-day residency, which will include open rehearsals and coachings, school presentations, a Neilly series lecture, and a lecture-presentation at the Eastman School of Music.

Other concert programs featuring Tann’s music will be performed at the "Women in Music Festival Tour" preview concert March 24, and a Sinfonietta Cordancia concert on Friday, March 25, with oboist Kathleen Suher performing the “Shakkei” concerto.

The Seventh Annual Eastman Women in Music Festival concerts and events are free and open to the public. The week-long festival, March 21- March 25, is a celebration of the contributions of women to all aspects of music. Under the Artistic Direction of Sylvie Beaudette, the festival has grown to include film, daily noontime concerts with poetry readings, evening choral and orchestral concerts, and a festival tour. Previous years have featured Tania Leon, Nancy Van de Vate, Judith Lang Zaimont, and Emma Lou Diemer.

Full details of all Women in Music Festival events are online at http://www.esm.rochester.edu/wmf.

Judith Lang Zaimont March Composer of the Month on KPAC - Texas Public Radio

Composer Judith Lang Zaimont is March Composer of the Month on KPAC - Texas Public Radio. This was announced in an article on their TPR Classical Blog - http://kpac883.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-03-08T09%3A39%3A00-06%3A00&max-results=12.

The article includes a profile of the composer, a link to a John Clare interview with her (at http://audio.tpr.org/cs-zaimont.mp3) and videos of the World Premiere of her piano concerto, Solar Traveller with the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Dr. Harlan D. Parker conducting and soloist Timothy Hoft, filmed by John Clare in October 2009 on location in Baltimore, Maryland.

Click, Flip, RUSH ~Reclaiming CLARITY in the Hyperlink Age, an eBook Co-Authored by Judith Lang Zaimont

American composer Judith L. Zaimont is co-author, with Rachel Heller, of Click, Flip, RUSH ~Reclaiming CLARITY in the Hyperlink Age, a just-published eBook now available on Amazon.com, iBooks, iGoogle, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Kobo and for other eReaders.

This compact handbook is a guide to smartly navigating life in today’s high-tech, high-speed era, and will assist anyone who feels at sea to recover poise and focus. It explores the forces reshaping the way we sift, analyze and retain information in our culture of high speed sound bites and media saturation. Peppered with quotations from noted authors, reporters and social commentators, it first decodes the issues and then offers crucial guides to readers for achieving control, and a fresh personal balance.

Authors Judith L. Zaimont and Rachel Heller are acknowledged experts in education, journalism and the arts. They span two generations, and have addressed audiences around the world.

ISBN: 1611560675 More information at http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Click-Flip-RUSH-Reclaiming-CLARITY-in-the-Hyperlink-Age/Judith-Zaimont/e/2940012623928/?itm=5&USRI=Management%2c+Rush or http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=1611560675.

Marie Incontrera selected as a winner of the Existential Pilot 2010 International Call for Scores

Marie Incontrera was selected as one of the winners of the Existential Pilot 2010 International Call for Scores. Her composition "2 American Poems" will be performed on two separate concert occasions:

March 3, 2011: University of Louisville 8:00PM

University of Louisville Comstock Concert Hall
Louisville, KY

March 5, 2011: Deagan Music 8:00PM
1770 W. Berteau Avenue
Chicago, IL

Article on composer Elizabeth R. Austin in the online journal, SCOPE

The new online journal, SCOPE, includes an article on Elizabeth R. Austin, entitled "Composer in waiting", written by Michael K. Slayton (released online Jan. 26, 2011).

Here is the link:

http://www.scope-mag.com/current-issue/ To get to the specific article, download the magazine (click on cover) and then scroll down to p. 22.

This magazine covers culture, politics, science, et al and I am honored to be a part of the first issue! The entire issue makes for fascinating reading.

Elizabeth Austin and Marga Richter included in a new book – WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: NINE AMERICAN COMP

WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: NINE AMERICAN COMPOSERS, edited by Michael Slayton

Just been released by Scarecrow Press. It may be ordered online from http://www.scarecrowpress.com/Catalog/SingleBook.shtml?command=Search&db=%5EDB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0810877422

The result of many years of work, the book contains nine chapters that focus on nine current composers with different styles, methods, and attitudes -- including different experiences of second-wave and third-wave feminism in music. The book's visionary editor is a composer and associate professor of music theory at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. Each chapter contains a biography and description of style, a personal interview, and (most significantly) an analysis of a significant work.

NYWC featured in WNYC *STAR* Initiative.

NYWC has been selected for participation in WNYC's Salute The ARts Initiative (*STAR* Initiative).

Each year, this program profiles 36 small cultural non-profit organizations in the New York Metropolitan area over a 12-month period, through on-air promotional announcements and a free presence on the WNYC website. NYWC will be highlighted as a featured organization on the website during a 28-day period between March 11th through April 8th. STAR.

During this period NYWC will be mentioned in 28 30-second on-air promotional broadcast announcements, scheduled randomly on both WNYC AM & FM frequencies. After this active promotion period NYWC will be added to the list of participants on the website.

 

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