Leaf Raking Miscellany

It’s a good day to rake leaves, but I want to take a break to say:

  • I’m sorry to be missing the Christopher Rouse Organ Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra this week. There is one more performance tonight (November 19) at 8. Read program notes for the concert here.
  • It’s a pleasure to see my colleague Eric Moe‘s picture in the NY Times Arts and Leisure section today in connection with a counter)induction program at National Sawdust featuring him as both composer and pianist – this at a moment when it seems especially difficult for some composers of our generation to get the attention of the media.
  • On Monday, Nov. 21, I’ll be doing a pre-concert lecture for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s concert featuring pianists Lydia Artymiw, Charles Abramovic, Cynthia Raim and Natalie Zhu, plus Philadelphia Orchestra percussionists Don Liuzzi and Chris Deviney. My talk will be at 6:45 before the 8:00 pm concert at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. The program includes the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, the Mozart two-piano Sonata, and two works by Smetana for two pianos, eight hands – a one-movement Sonata and a Rondo. No, I haven’t heard the Smetana works before either! And yet I found this video of both pieces with Martha Argerich and colleagues performing:
  • I’ve been pondering Mario Davidovsky‘s work after hearing his masterful Flashbacks in two brilliant performances by the New York New Music Ensemble recently. I hope to post here about his work soon; for now, here is the NYNME recording, from a Bridge CD:

Miscellany encore

– A memorial service for recording engineer Curt Wittig will be held at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Washington, DC, on Saturday, November 5th at 11:00 am. Read about Curt here.

counter)induction begins its season with music of Boulez, Feldman, Scelsi, Davidovsky, Webern, Babbitt, and Kyle Bartlett at the Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC, Sunday, October 30 at 8:00 pm. Saxophonist Matt Levy of the Prism Quartet is featured.

-The Crossing, coming off their participation in the James Dillon extravaganza at Miller Theater, has announced a project called The Gulf (between you and me), beginning with a workshop in Philadelphia with composer Chris Jonas and poet Pierre Joris, November 12, 2011, at 1:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. More info here.

Network for New Music opens its season at the World Cafe in Philadelphia on Sunday, November 6 at 7:30 pm. Music by Ingrid Arauco, Joseph Hallman, Louis Karchin, Thomas Kraines, Andrew Rudin, Arne Running, and Robert Schulz.

Codex; New Voices

Upcoming concerts:

counter)induction presents “Codex” – according to their announcement:

“A concert that Borges might have planned: starting with a unique and mysterious collection of late-medieval polyphony from the codex Torino J.II.9, five composers engage in “speculative musicology” to create works in a musical tradition that never was. Composers Peter Gilbert, Christopher Jon Honett, Douglas Boyce, Kyle Bartlett and Ryan Streber imagine a centuries-long musical practice to arrive at five world premieres that are as evocative as they are unique.”

Works by Charles Halka and Christopher Rogerson round out the program, this Sunday, March 28 at the Tenri Institute. I know from hearing these players at Penn not too long ago that c)i is one of the strongest groups now active in NYC.


The Philly chapter of the American Composers Forum presents “New Voices” – six world premieres by ACF composers working in the Philadelphia area – Ryan Beppel, David Carpenter, Heidi Jacob, Andy Laster, Ian Munro, and Kento Watanabe – as well as Mario Davidovsky’s Festino Notturno. The Argento Chamber Ensemble performs, at the Prince Music Theater, Saturday, April 3.