Saturday, April 28, 2007 3:37 PM

DON HAGAR writes: 

“The Sospiro Winds will make its New York premiere this Sunday, April 29, 2pm at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, East 10th Street and Second Avenue.  This award-winning woodwind quintet will be performing music by Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, and premieres by James Borchers and myself. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors….and NYCC members!  A reception will follow the program.  For more information please call 718-302-0833.  I look forward to see you all there!”

The program will include world-premiere performances of James Borchers’ Quintet for Wind Instruments and Donald Hagar’s complete Little Suite. In addition the quintet will perform the lyrical, impressionistic Summer Music by Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter’s jazzy, neo-classical Woodwind Quintet, and the Wind Quintet in E-flat Major by Anton Reicha, a contemporary of Beethoven.


This year’s NYCC Honorary Composer Member, PAUL MORAVEC, has many pieces being performed at Mannes College of Music this week, in connection with Mannes’s annual Contemporary Music Festival. Paul is Composer-in-Residence at Mannes College for the current academic year, and as such, audiences at Mannes will be treated to several of his pieces, including several premieres.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Mannes is at 150 West 85th Street. Here are the details:

April 30, 8PM, NewMusicMannes, Madeleine Shapiro, director

Paul Moravec:  American Activities for brass quintet (World Premiere)

Minoru Miki:  Shoman III for soprano, marimba, and piano

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh:  Three Watercolors for soprano, flute, and piano

Jukka Tiensuu:  Plus for clarinet and cello

Iannis Xenakis:  Pour Maurice for baritone and piano

May 1, 8PM Mannes Orchestra, David Hayes, conductorRobert Cuckson: Concerto for Guitar

David Loeb: Poem of an Autumn Night

Rafael Fusco: Capriccio Concertante for English Horn and Orchestra

Gilad Cohen: By Night on My Bed for Chorus and Orchestra

Paul Moravec: Northern Lights Electric (World Premiere)

May 2, 8PM Percussion Ensemble, James Preiss, Director

(No Paul Moravec pieces this evening, but might be of interest to In The Loop readers. 

Steve Reich’s Drumming will be performed, as will World Premieres from Davide Zannoni and David Loeb, and a NY premiere by Jennifer Higdon.)

May 3, 8PM CIRCE (Composer-in-Residence Chamber Ensemble), Keith Fitch, DirectorPaul Moravec: Scherzo

Paul Moravec: Atmosfera a Villa Aurelia

Ryan Chase: mused rhyme (World Premiere)

Evan Lewis: Downward to darkness, on extended wings (World Premiere)

Paul Moravec: Chamber Symphony (NY Premiere)