NYCC Announces 2012-2013 Concert Season

Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:06 PM

New York Composers Circle announces its 2012-13 Concert Season, with four thematic concerts all performed in Manhattan venues. Featured are the works of 27 NYCC composers; the final concert features our Seventh Annual Competition WinnerJesse Diener-Bennett’s: Ninth for Two, for flute and violin.

Concert #1: Pièces du Piano: October 16, 2012, 8 p.m.: St. Peters Citicorp
Concert #2: String Theory: February 19, 2013, 3 p.m. CORRECTED 8PM: St. Peters Citicorp
Concert #3: Hear the Winds Blow: April 14, 2013, 3 p.m.: St. Marks in the Bowery
Concert #4: And the Winner Is…: June 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m.: Symphony Space

Concert #1: Pièces du Pianois set for Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8 p.m., at Saint Peter’s Church at Citigroup Center, Lexington Avenue and 54th Street, New York City. The concert features the following composers and pieces crafted for piano two-and four-hands: Brian Fennelly, Three Piano Pieces; Leo Kraft, Five Piano Pieces with a Reprise; Eugene W. McBride, Piano Duo, for piano 4-hands; Nailah Nombeko, Three Piano Pieces; Frank Retzel: Landscapes for Piano Solo; Matt Weber, Three for Four: three pieces for four-hands piano. There is a $20 suggested contribution, payable at the door.

Concert #2: String Theorya concert scheduled at St. Peter’s Citicorp for Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 3 p.mCORRECTED 8PM. The following composers’ works for strings will be performed: Richard Brooks, Lamentations; Jacob E. Goodman’s Variations for a Rainy Afternoon; Carl Kanter’s Summer Quartet, for string quartet, Debra Kaye’s Parting Song, for 2 violins; Eugene Marlow’s La Femme d’un Temps Passé au Présent; Richard D. Russell’s Two Songs from IMAP, for soprano, violin, cello, and piano; and Roger Blanc’s Maneuvers, for violin and viola. $20 suggested contribution, payable at the door.

Concert #3: Hear The Winds Blowtakes the NYCC back down to St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street. Concert kicks off 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, with a work by NYCC honorary member John Eaton: Over-Saxed, for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Other works are: Martin Halpern’s, Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Cello; Hubert Howe’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano; Gayther Myers’ Chaconne for Four Winds, for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon; Nina Siniakova’s Wenn Dich dein Schatten Verlässt (When Your Shadow Will Leave You), a cycle for soprano and oboe, and Cesar Vuksic’s Variations for Clarinet and Piano. $20 suggested contribution, payable at the door.

Concert #4: And The Winner Is., the final concert of the season, moves uptown to the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th Street, Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Featured on this concert is Jesse Diener-Bennett’s Ninth for Two, for flute and violin, which won the NYCC Seventh Annual Composers Competition. The concert also features: In a Winter Landscape for bass clarinet and computer-generated sounds by Madeleine Byrne; Robert S. Cohen’s Dream Journalsfor Brass Quintet; Memrie Innerarity’s Two Songs: “Memories” and “Greed”; Peri Mauer’s Nudibranch Fridayfor violin and cello; Scott D. Miller’s Phrenology: The Proper Study of Man,for amplified violin, tenor saxophone, trombone,and percussion; David Picton’s Ocean Waves, for brass quintet, double bass, and drum set; Kala Pierson’s: Cumulus Flow, for piano interior + live audio & cello; and Dana Richardson’s Kyrie, for alto and piano. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance from Symphony Space, or $20 at the door.


The NEW YORK COMPOSERS CIRCLE, now in its eleventh year, is an artistic and educational organization of composers and performers, dedicated to new music, whose mission is to promote public awareness and appreciation of contemporary music through concerts, salons, and other events in the New York metropolitan area. For its members, the NYCC offers a variety of opportunities for testing works in progress at monthly salons open to the public, performing completed works in concert, and fostering collaboration and development, both artistic and professional. For nonmembers, the NYCC offers the opportunity of a public performance to winners of its annual composers’ competition. For the sophisticated concertgoing public, the NYCC offers four concerts a year of members’ works, curated by a jury of members headed by prizewinning composer John Eaton. Finally, for members of the public who lack exposure to contemporary music, the NYCC sponsors an outreach program, in which we send performers to various institutions — including high schools and senior centers — at no charge to the institution, to perform works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Inspired by a workshop at the American Music Center, Jacob E. Goodman founded the New York Composers Circle in the spring of 2002 as an association of composers meeting regularly to play their music for one another. It soon became apparent that we had the artistry and commitment to present our music before an audience. In May 2003, the NYCC produced its first public concert at Saint Peter’s Church, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici along with eleven of the NYCC's original members. New Music Connoisseur favorably reviewed this well-attended concert. Under the continued leadership of Debra Kaye, more recently of John de Clef Piñeiro, and currently of Richard Brooks, the NYCC's membership has more than quintupled since its inception, and the number of its concerts has grown from one each season to its current calendar of four concert presentations during the forthcoming season.