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  1. Friday evening November 7, 2008, 8PM, at the Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, Greenwich Village, NYC, New Music Connoisseur (NMC) magazine and the Composers Concordance combine forces to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Composers Concordance concert series and pay tribute to composer Leo Kraft. Kraft is a Queens College Professor Emeritus, and he has been an advisor and mentor to both organizations since their inceptions. Please join us to celebrate this special Composers Concordance Anniversary and Fundraiser for New Music Connoisseur.

    In addition to a special award presentation by NMC to Leo Kraft, the Composers Concordance will be featuring the following works:

    Elliott Carter's Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux, in celebration of Carter's 100th birthday year. This challenging piece, written by Carter as a special tribute to Pierre Boulez on his 60th birthday will be performed by new music champions Erin Lesser, flute and Carol McGonnell, clarinet. This piece emphasizes the difference in breathing attacks for the instruments, inspired by Carter's linguistic studies.

    Leo Kraft's own Five Sonnets of William Shakespeare, performed by Mark Bleekey, tenor with the redoubtable Christopher Oldfather at the piano, shows his most recent compositional style, mixing in tonal elements with chromaticism and calling for exceptional performance skills in the musical interplay.

    Otto Luening's Second Suite for Solo Flute builds upon Luening's long experience as a flutist and emphasizes the coloristic possibilities as well as the varied articulations of the instrument. Combining dance elements and rubato, Luening creates a masterful and varied work. Erin Lesser will reveal the flute's versatility and mystery here.

    Joseph Pehrson's Transpian enhances the sonority of the piano with electronics, based upon an unusual 21-note scale that approximates just intonation. As performed by Cesar Vuksic, this work provides dramatic dynamic contrasts, unique textures and variety of sound.

    Patrick Hardish ends the concert with a bang with a repeat performance of a new work, Solo for Pete. Written for drum set, Hardish's piece reflects his enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, jazz and big band styles. This work showcases the amazing capabilities of percussion virtuoso Peter Jarvis, for whom it was written and who will be performing.

    A reception with food will follow in the friendly and appealing Greenwich House Music School facility. Tickets are $20 (special fundraiser price), $10 student discount. Composers Concordance home page www.composersconcordance.org

  2. The 60x60 Canadian Mix launches this weekend!
    An alternate 60x60 mix of Canadian composers lead by Eldad Tsabary is debuting this weekend in Toronto and Halifax, Canada

    "60x60 was initiated in 2003 and his since grown into one of the planet's most coveted contemporary music events.... its success can be explained by the sheer wealth of different approaches on display and its capacity of organically integrating them underneath the roof of "New music". It is important to note that there is not one definitive version of the piece, as different regional mixes cohabitate with the all-encompassing international mix.

    - 60x60: Wellington welcomes New Music's fastest-ticking clock By Tobias Fischer, published 2008-09-01

    Saturday October 4th 4:00 AM,
    Nuit Blanche, Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building,
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Canada
    www.utoronto.ca/tmu_dpatr/DejaPresqueJamais.pdf

    and

    Sunday October 5th 7:30 PM,
    Oscillations,
    Saint Mary's University Art Gallery,
    Halifax NS
    www.oscillationsfestival.ca

    Canadian composers included in 60x60 (Canadian mix)
    Asoma, Zorina Bacchus, Adam Basanta, Sandeep Bhagwati, Adrian Borza, Christian Calon, David Campbell, Matt Campbell, Raylene Campbell, CDZabu, Gustav Ciamaga, Patrick Sébastien Coulombe, Ian Crutchley, Dancers, Leslie de Melcher, Debashis Sinha, Richard Désilets, Francis Dhomont, Nicolas Dion, Patricia L. Dirks, Carey Dodge, The Dry Heeves, Troy Ducharme, Jean-Michel Dumas, Philippe-Aubert Gauthier, François Girouard, Philip Gosselin, Martin Gotfrit, Tim Hecker, Bryan Jacobs, Bentley Jarvis, Yota Kobayashi, Shaw-han Liem (I am Robot and Proud), Sylvi macCormac, Florence Masson, David McCallum, Andra McCartney, Diana McIntosh, Dustin Molicki, Steven Naylor, Raphaël Néron-Baribeau, David Ogborn, John Oliver, Sean O'Neill, David Parfit, Lia Pas, Sarah Peebles, Scott Peterson, Michael Pinsonneault, Ambrose Pottie, Hélène Prévost, Jean Routhier, Frederick Schipizky, Zuzana Sevcikova, Laurence Stevenson, Nancy Tobin, Roxanne Turcotte, Steve Wadhams, Matthew Wood, Kamen Zenov.

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  3. Uncommon Voices!

    Music by composers from the Americas and the World

    Ten free admission concerts featuring the North/South Chamber Orchestra and distinguished guest artists

     at Christ & St Stephen’s Church
    (120 W 69th St & #8211; New York City)

    29th Season (1980-2009)

    www.northsouthmusic.org


        NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE Inc. is pleased to announce plans for its 2008-09 concert series featuring music by composers from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

        The upcoming season will mark the 29th consecutive year of activities by this non-profit organization devoted to the promotion, performance and recording of music by living composers.

        Ten free-admission events will be presented at the auditorium of Christ and St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St) in New York City. The  concerts will feature the acclaimed North/South Chamber Orchestra and distinguished soloists including Patricia Caicedo and Stela Brandao, sopranos; Mioi Takeda, violin; John Pickford Richards, viola; the Basso Moderno Duo; Munir Beken, Turkish ud; Lisa Hansen,  flute; Setsuk o Akizawa, oboe; David Krakauer and Richard Goldsmith, clarinet; Susan Jolle s, harp; Helen Lin, piano; and pianist/conductor Max Lifchitz.

        Recent works by three generations of composers representing diverse aesthetic orientations and hailing from throughout the US, Argentina,  Brazil, China, Colombia, Greece, Italy, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and Venezuela will be performed.

        They include: Ofer Ben-Amots, Brian Banks, Dwight B anks, Elizabeth Bell, Munir Beken, Richard Brooks, Canary Burton, Patrick Ca stillo, Jordi Cervello, Carson Cooman, Stephen Feigenbaum, Bernardo Feldman, Daniel Haldar, Lee Hoiby, Nikolas Allen Jeleniauskas, Dennis Kam, Yoshihiro Kanno, Daniel Kessner, Leo Kraft, Max Lifchitz, Tudor Dominik Maican, Patri cia Morehead, David Patterson,  Andrea Reinkemeyer, Ned Rorem,  Ma nuel Sosa,  Gabriele Vanoni, Rain Worthington, & Stephen Yip.

        Many of the featured composers will be present at the concerts to introduce their music and meet with the public. They will wor k closely with the musician members of the North/South Consonance Ensemble to insure befitting performance of their works.

        NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE's 2008-09 season is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support for these free admission events is being provided the American Federation of Musicians (Local 802); the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University; and many generous individual donors.

        For more information about this exciting concert series please visit
    www.northsouthmusic.org


  4. 60x60 Broadcasts:
    The new double album release of the 60x60 project is being aired regularly on WMUA, WKCR, and WOBC.

    Our oldest supporter, Max Shea with his radio program, "Martian Gardens" has been playing selections of the 60x60 for the past 4 years. He has been playing one or more selections on his show airing on: WMUA FM 91.1 Amherst, Massachusetts. with web simulcast at: /www.wmua.org MARTIAN GARDENS is on Sundays 21:00-24:00 Eastern Standard Time online playlists can be found at: weblogs/martian

    Next is Anne Cammon's "Art Waves," a literary radio program, featuring poetry, fiction, radio drama, and experimental literature. Miss Cammon uses the 60x60 project as refreshing interludes between the literary works.

    "Art Waves" airs on Fridays 9:00-10:00 pm Eastern standard time. Tune in at 89.9 FM or listen on-line at /www.wkcr.org. Feel free to learn more about WKCR shows at www.wkcr.org/wkcrarts

    Anne Cammon's show airs about once a month, including this Friday October 5th which features another exciting literary journey combining music and the spoken word. With sizzling works by Palestinian-American poet Natalie Handal, portraits of Bombay and New York City by poet Jeet Thayil, a novel-excerpt on the life of a junior cartographer by Reif Larson, and text-sound adaptation of poems from Anne's collection India Songs, by composer Robert Voisey. Not including works from the 60x60 (2004-2005) CD.

    Most recently 60x60 has been airing on Tom Lopez's "Foldover" airing every Monday from 3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on WOBC 91.5 FM in Oberlin, Ohio (just outside of Cleveland). The show can also be heard over the Internet at: www.wobc.org Last Monday he featured 25 works from the 60x60 project. A web site with information about FOLDOVER can be found at: www.timara.oberlin.edu It includes playlists and information on how to find recordings of the music.

    I hope you are in the area to tune in to one of these programs or have the time to listen to their simulcast over the World Wide Web.

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    Composers featured in 60x60 (2006 / International Mix) include:
    Aaron Acosta
    Liana Alexandra
    John Allemeier
    Dwight Ashley
    Marc Barreca
    Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
    Gina Biver
    James Bohn
    Marita Bolles
    Ann Cantelow
    Nicolas Chausseau
    Andrew Cole
    Christopher Cook
    Cindy Cox
    Antonino Cuscina
    Robert Dick
    Ian Dicke
    Greg Dixon
    Aaron Drake
    Ivan Elezovic
    David Fenech
    Monroe Golden
    David Gunn
    David Hahn
    Erdem Helvacioglu
    Tony Higgins
    Stuart Hinds
    Lynn Job
    Julian Jonker
    Yasushi Kamata
    Nicole Kim
    Joan La Barbara
    Stan Link
    Don Malone
    Dylan Mattingly
    Maurilio Cacciatore
    Andra McCartney
    Anastasio Mitropoulos
    Annele Nederberg
    David Newby
    Serban Nichifor
    Rodney Oakes
    Ronald Parks
    Maggi Payne
    Samuel Pluta
    David Shannon
    Alan Shockley
    Scott Smallwood
    Laurie Spiegel
    Asha Srinivasan
    Alex Temple
    Balie Todd
    Eldad Tsabary
    Kubilay Uner
    Mark Vernon
    Katrina Wreede
    Xiting Yang
    Ivan Zavada
    Oded Zehavi
    and ~chromatik_d_zabu.tmp (collective)


    Composers featured in 60x60 (2007 / International Mix) include:
    Henri Algadafe
    John Allemeier
    Thomas Bailey
    Joel-Aime Beauchamp
    Benjamin Boone
    Monique Buzzarte
    Adam Caird
    Gregory Chatonsky
    Jesse Clark
    Cindy Cox
    Noah Creshevsky
    David Cutler
    Tilman Dehnhard
    Robert Dick
    Andrew Eckel
    Iris Garrelfs
    Thierry Gauthier
    Marcel Gehrman
    Thomas Gerwin
    Tomer Harari
    Risto Holopainen
    Alphons Izzo
    Michiko Kawagoe
    Joelle Khoury
    Panayiotis Kokoras
    Gintas Kraptavicius
    Sophie Lacaze
    Micky Landau
    Tuan Hung Le
    Graziano Lella
    Meng-chia Lin
    Drake Mabry
    Chris Mann
    Al Margolis
    John Maters
    Christian McCleer
    David McIntire
    David Morneau
    Jeff Morris
    Tim Mukherjee
    Alex Nadjarov
    Helen Nattras
    Serban Nichifor
    Blas Payri
    John Pitts
    Gene Pritsker
    Tim Reed
    Stephen B. Rothman
    Anne van Schotholst
    Laurie Spiegel
    Ken Steen
    Oliver Tache
    Eldad Tsabary
    Andrea Vigani
    Daniel Visconti
    Jane Wang
    Rodney Waschka II
    Simon Whetham
    Sabrina Pena Young
    and Cynthia Zaven

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    Composers included in 60x60 (2006) International Mix:
    Aaron Acosta
    Liana Alexandra
    John Allemeier
    Dwight Ashley
    Marc Barreca
    Dennis Bathory-Ktitsz
    Gina Biver
    James Bohn
    Marita Bolles
    Ann Cantelow
    Nicolas Chausseau
    Andrew Cole
    Christopher Cook
    Cindy Cox
    Antonino Cuscina
    Robert Dick
    Ian Dicke
    Greg Dixon
    Aaron Drake
    Ivan Elezovic,
      David Fenech
    Monroe Golden
    David Gunn
    David Hahn
    Erdem Helvacioglu
    Tony Higgins
    Stuart Hinds
    Lynn Job
    Julian Jonker
    Yasushi Kamata
    Nicole Kim
    Joan La Barbara
    Stan Link
    Don Malone
    Dylan Mattingly
    Maurilio Cacciatore
    Andra McCartney
    Anatasio Mitropoulos
    Annele Nederberg
    David Newby
    Serban Nichifor
      Rodney Oakes
    Ronald Parks
    Maggi Payne
    Samuel Pluta
    David Shannon
    Alan Shockley
    Scott Smallwood
    Laurie Spiegel
    Asha Srinivasan
    Alex Temple
    Balie Todd
    Eldad Tsabary
    Kubilay Uner
    Mark Vernon
    Katrina Wreede
    Xiting Yang
    Ivan Zavada
    Oded Zehavi
    and ~chromatik_d_zabu.tmp (collective)

    Composers included in 60x60 (2006) New York Minutes Mix:
    Sara Ayers
    Kenneth Babb
    Ernst Bacon
    Eve Beglarian
    Benjamin Bierman
    Benjamin Bierman
    Jeremiah Bornfield
    George Brunner
    Monique Buzzarte
    Doug Cohen
    Noah Creshevsky
    Douglas DaSilva
    John de Clef Pineiro
    Robert Dick
    Robert Fanelli
    Mary Feinsinger
    Roger Fife
    Roger Fife
    Jason Freeman
    Evan Gallagher
    David Gamper
    Bob Gluck
      Daniel Goode
    Seth Gordon
    Andy Graydon
    Gordon Green
    Melissa Grey
    Jennifer Griffith
    Franz Hackl
    Jeffrey Harrington
    Noah Haverkamp
    Emiko Hayashi
    Ray Levitt
    Peter Heller
    Sean Hickey
    Brian & Eugene Kim House
    Daniel Iglesia
    Travis Johns
    Richard Kostelanetz
    Briggan Krauss
    Joan La Barbara
    Mary Jane Leach
    John Link
      Annea Lockwood
    Glenn Marsala
    Paula Matthusen
    Kevin McCoy
    Jordan McLean
    Jake Merkin
    Christopher North
    Frank J. Oteri
    Jonathan Pieslak
    Timothy Polashek
    Gene Pritsker
    Martin Simon
    David Snow
    Laurie Spiegel
    Patrick Stacey
    Hans Tammen
    Francisco Toro
    Samuel Tymorek
    Robert Voisey
    Charles Waters
    David Wolfson

    Composers in the 60x60 (2004-2005) CD Release:
    Riad Abdel-Gawad
    Aaron Acosta
    Liana Alexandra
    John Allemeier
    Lydia Ayers
    Kenneth Babb
    Jethro Bagust
    Christopher Bailey
    Christian Banasik
    Greg Bartholomew
    Dennis Báthory-Kitsz
    J.C. Batzner
    Eve Beglarian
    Stephen Betts
    Sandeep Bhagwati
    Benjamin Bierman
    John G. Bilotta
    Jason Bolte
    Benjamin Boone
    Justin Breame
    George Brunner
    Benedikt Brydern
    Paul Burnell
    Julian Cartwright
    Elvio Cipollone
    David Claman
    Paul Clouvel
    Douglas Cohen
    Ray Cole
    Andrew Cormier
    Noah Creshevsky
    Lucio Cuellar
    Aaron Drake
    Moritz Eggert
    Ivan Elezovic
    Travis Ellrot
    Karlheinz Essl
    Carlo Forlivesi
    Justin Freeman
    Larry Gaab
    David Gamper
      J.Ryan Garber
    Douglas Geers
    Peter Gilbert
    Robert Gluck
    Daniel Goode
    Ramón Gorigoitia
    David Gunn
    Mike Hallenbeck
    David Hamill
    Pat Hanchet
    David Handford
    Marihiko Hara
    Jason Heald
    James Hegarty
    Erdem Helvacioglu
    Mark Henry
    Dorothy Hindman
    Bernard Hughes
    David Jaggard
    Lynn Job
    Solange Kershaw
    Killick Merivon
    KleinSmid
    Gary Knudson
    Igor Korneitchouk
    Myroslava Lashkevych
    John Link
    Stan Link
    Tom Lopez
    Don Malone
    Charles Norman Mason
    Mike McFerron
    David McIntire
    James McWilliam
    Leslie Melcher
    James Miley
    Polly Moller
    David Mooney
    Serban Nichifor
    Julia Norton
    Rodney Oakes
      Richard O'Donnell
    Cezary Ostrowski
    Ronald Parks
    Maggi Payne
    Alexis Perepelcia
    Mark Petering
    Samuel Pluta
    Kevin Ponto
    Giuseppe Rapisarda
    Malcom Rector
    Steven Ricks
    Mark Rose
    Robert Sazdov
    John Schappert
    Heike Schmidt
    Jacky Schreiber
    Alex Shapiro
    Martin Simon
    Adam Sovkoplas
    Kenneth Steen
    Paul Steenhuisen
    Jonathan Stone
    Allen Strange
    Dirk Johan Stromberg
    Thomas Sutter
    Peter Swanzy
    Peter Swendsen
    Mike Swinchoski
    Piotr Szewczyk
    Norman Teale
    Robert Scott Thompson
    Vladimir Tošic
    Eldad Tsabary
    Mike Vernusky
    Rene Veron
    Joseph Vogel
    Robert Voisey
    Chris Ward
    Straiph Wilson
    Katrina Wreede


  5. Vox Novus   &

    "60x60 showcases a wealth of brief, contemporary compositions. There are no live performances, so you can't really call it a concert. Maybe it would better be described as a listening party. ... It's like a Whitman's sampler of the contemporary new music scene. " - Sound Sampler Greg Haymes, Times Union, Albany New York February 9, 2006

    "60x60 features 60 back-to-back pieces that are each under 60 seconds long, each by a different modern composer. ... It's like channel surfing through experimental music." Geeta Dayal, Village Voice, New York, New York March 16-22, 2005 Vol. NO. 11

    "... The idea of commissioning sixty pieces each a minute long has elements of both ingenuity combined with madness: ... A minute can be ample time to express a whole gamut of imaginative sounds, or it can be a constraint which forces an artist to isolate what is the most important element of a work. The point of the project is that it enables an audience to take in and enjoy a cross section of different approaches to new music within a reasonable duration. And the purpose of Robert Voisey is to promote new music ..." - Ingenuity and madness? Malcolm Miller, Music & Vision, London UK December 24, 2005

    60 Composers in this year's Pacific Rim Mix include:

    Nicholas Baldwin
    Marc Barreca
    Lembit Beecher
    John Biggs
    Betty Breath
    Darren Buhr
    Brigid Burke
    Rosalinda Carlson
    Sharon Cheslow
    Lut Yun (Lucinda) Chiu
    Foster Clark
    Jared Commerer
    Cindy Cox
    Michael Dawson
    A.L. Dentel
    Aaron Drake
    Alex Eddington
    Jessica Gardiner
    Kara Gibbs
    David Hahn
      Yuko Hamura
    Jason Heald
    Sungji Hong
    Jeffrey Hunkin
    Celeste Hutchins
    David Evan Jones
    Yasushi Kamata
    Koji Kawai
    Donald Kepple
    Anton Killin
    Nicole Kim
    Tuan Hung Le
    Cheryl Leonard
    James Mason
    Beryl Matete
    Deeann Mathews
    Dylan Mattingly
    Polly Moller
    Julia Norton
    Rodney Oakes
      Robert Parker
    Maggi Payne
    Peggy Polias
    Carlos Rafael Rivera
    Stephen C Ruppenthal
    Simon Munro Rycroft
    Margaret Schedel
    Jacky Schreiber
    Alex Shapiro
    Frank Sprague
    Phillip Stearns
    Sarah Taylor
    Kubilay Uner
    John Villec
    Robert Voisey
    Shane Watters
    Katrina Wreede
    Hajime Yabe
    Carolyn Yarnell
    and Ivan Zavada

    The concert program can be found at the following link: www.voxnovus.com/60x60/2006_Pacific_Rim_Concert_Program.htm

    "60x60 is a one hour listening experience containing 60 works, each 60 seconds or less. Most likely you have never heard music like this before, or at the very least you haven't heard in a format like this: 60 works varying in style and aesthetic from today's composers living all around the world. You will love at least one piece. You will probably hate one piece. But whether you love or hate what you are listening to, within 60 seconds you will be listening to something different." - Robert Voisey

    Robert Voisey is a composer and impresario of new works; he seeks innovative and creative approaches to promote the music of today's composers. Voisey is the Artistic Director of the 60x60 project, the Composer's Voice concert series, Vice-President of Programs for the Living Music Foundation and Founder and Director of Vox Novus. 60x60 Project - California Premier of the 60x60 Pacific Rim Mix

    Thursday Night Special @ Mills College 8pm. Ensemble Room, Mills College 5000 Mac Arthur Boulevard Oakland, California < a href="http://www.voxnovus.com/60x60.htm">www.voxnovus.com/60x60.htm www.mills.edu/maps/campus_map.pdf

    Robert Voisey
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    Vice-President of Programs, Living Music Foundation
    Founder of Vox Novus
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    Live internet broadcasts are available. Go to this URL:
    www.wobc.org

    There is a web site with information about FOLDOVER
    www.timara.oberlin.edu); it includes playlists and information on how to find recordings of the music.

    FOLDOVER is organized by - Tom Lopez
    Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio 44074 USA

    "60x60 showcases a wealth of brief, contemporary compositions ... It's like a Whitman's sampler of the contemporary new music scene.
    - Sound Sampler Greg Haymes Times Union February 9, 2006


    FOLDOVER is on WOBC 91.5 FM in Oberlin, Ohio (just outside of Cleveland).

    Live internet broadcasts are available. Go to this URL:

    www.wobc.org

    There is a web site with information about FOLDOVER
    www.timara.oberlin.edu

    Robert Voisey
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    Artistic Director of the 60x60 project
    Vice-President of Programs, Living Music Foundation
    Founder of Vox Novus
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    COME LISTEN TO 60X60, a circle of sound, a slice of the scene, one hour of new music.

    "60x60 features 60 back to back pieces that are 60 seconds long, each by a different modern composer...it's like channel-surfing through experimental music!" -Village Voice

    "Andy Warhol gave us 15 minutes to bask in glory, but Rob Voisey has cut to the chase; state your case in 60 seconds or less." -Noah Creshevsky

    "Not since John Cage's "Indeterminacy" has the flow of time from one minute to the next been so significant." -Doug Cohen

    "[Vox Novus offers] the presentation of serious works by established and emerging composers. Those voices should be heard, and can even be reheard on the Vox Novus website (www.voxnovus.com). -New Music Connoisseur


    Updated information will be posted at: www.voxnovus.com/60x60/Concerts.htm

    Vox Novus
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    The 60x60 project is designed for flexibility for growing and expanding. One of the missions is to perform as many works possible.

    This year we are doing something new. We are picking the participants for our regional selection of the 60x60 project before the main selection. This year we received a tremendous number of submissions from the Midwest and immediate central regions of the United States. We have endeavored to produce a regional concert for this region in the past and this year we will be able to accomplish this goal.

    Following are the participants in the American Heartland who have been included in the concert:

    Greg Allen,
    J. Anthony Allen,
    Christopher Bailey,
    Stacey Barelos,
    J.C. Batzner,
    Robert Berg ,
    Michael Berkowski,
    Kari Besharse,
    Timothy Brace,
    Pui-Shan Cheung,
    Greg Chmura,
    Daniel Clem,
    John Consiglio,
    Zachary Crockett,
    Lucio Cuellar,
    Matthew Davidson,
    John Dribus,
    Ivan Elezovic,
    Travis Ellrott,
    Andrew Estel,
     
    Timothy Flood,
    Ryan Garber,
    Doug Geers,
    John Gibson,
    Jacob Gotlib,
    Jason Gresl,
    Mike Hallenbeck,
    James Hegarty,
    Norbert Herber,
    David Heuser,
    Dorothy Hindman,
    Gregory Hoepfner,
    Craig Hultgren,
    Lynn Job,
    Kanniks Kannikeswaran,
    Noah Keesecker,
    Gary Knudson,
    Sabin Levi,
    Stan Link,
    Tom Lopez,
    Don Malone,
     
    Mike McFerron,
    David McIntre,
    Michael John Mollo,
    Laurie Lee Moses,
    Michael Murphy,
    Curt Nordgaard,
    Richard O'Donnell,
    Sean O'Neill,
    Samuel Pluta,
    Steve Ricks,
    James Romig,
    Phillip Schroeder,
    Mozhgan Shahidi,
    Adam Sovkoplas,
    Thomas Sutter,
    Michael Taylor,
    Fred Tompkins,
    Mike Vernusky and
    Joseph Vogel

    Click the following link for the concert program: Concert_Program_Midwest.htm

    (Selections for the International 60x60 coming soon)
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  6. LETTER FROM MOZART

    by Michael Colgrass

    2006 marks the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Michael Colgrass' orchestral homage to the great master, LETTER FROM MOZART is a light, colorful piece, popular with audiences, and a unique and entertaining contribution to the repertoire, based on a fictional letter to the composer from Wolfgang himself.

    Mozart's letter, complete program notes, and selected reviews are below. For perusal scores, recordings, and more information about Michael Colgrass and LETTER FROM MOZART, please visit www.brhoadsandassociates.com or www.michaelcolgrass.com.

    LETTER FROM MOZART

    Dear Michael:

    I would like to be your inspiration for a piece of music. I have been watching the development of music since my time and am especially interested to see how an idea of mine would come out when filtered through the mind of a twentieth-century composer. Let me give you a typical Austrian-type folk melody (I'll think up an original one), and you apply to it techniques of contemporary music in any way you like.

    Now, you may wonder why I chose you for this task. First, I know I'm your favorite composer and that counts a great deal with me. Second, you are a percussionist, and one of my secret dreams has always been to write something for percussion, but in my day it wasn't dignified. But perhaps my primary reason for choosing you is that your name would have been Migele Colagrossi, had you been born in Italy like your father. I loved Italy more than any other country.

    Getting back to this new piece, may I suggest that it be a work of light quality, not superficial, Mozartian! Many artists today seem to feel their work must express the age they live in, and cite war, corruption and crime as reason for creating bitter and angry work. My God, if only you could have experienced some of the miseries of the age I lived in, disease, oppression, poverty! And corruption! Life wasn't all bad, of course, and there was much beauty in my age, but so there is in yours, and why not try to capture that spirit, too?

    One last word: don't quote any of my existing music, just use this melody I send you (Goodness, I've written so many pieces I hope I didn't use this tune and forget having done so!).

    Good luck to you, and I hope you have fun with it.

    Your friend,

    Mozart

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    As the music begins, the "Mozart" tune is played on a piano or a toy piano. The contemporary techniques that are applied to it in the course of the work are many and varied, but the attentive listener will hear older, familiar ones too, as the composer meditates and muses on his subject and sometimes transforms it beyond recognition.

    From time to time, small groups of musicians play music of their own in separate ensembles that are independent of the others. At a particularly complex moment just before the work comes to an end, there are six separate groups. The score is organized so that two conductors lead all the players through their parts.

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    "The work is as fanciful as the title, which refers to a fictional letter the composer claims to have received from the Viennese master, exhorting Colgrass to write a work using a Mozart-like theme. Musically, Colgrass creates a kaleidoscope effect by embedding a straightforward eight-bar theme on a constantly shifting aural background. The theme passes from piano to viola to woodwind, but never in its entirety, and always mocked by the orchestra with frigid sustained chords in the strings, or the virulent sound of an oompah band, or a sudden explosion of accordion.

    "The effect is like watching a Federico Fellini movie set in a freak carnival, faces leering in and out of focus in the camera, the feral sound of a calliope and human screeches penetrating your ears. Colgrass deliberately creates an unstable listening experience... A delightful contemporary work."

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