Ash Wednesday Miscellany

-The oboe explained.

Prism plays Xenakis, Penn alum Stratis Minakakis, and more – in Philly, March 19; in NYC March 21. Details here.

Talea Ensemble, presented by the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, at Merkin in NYC, March 24. Program includes Aaron Cassidy, David Fulmer, Elizabeth Hoffman, Fred Lerdahl, Rand Steiger, and Evan Ziporyn.

-San Francisco Contemporary Music Players offer their 40th Anniversary concert on April 4 at the Herbst Theater, featuring guest artist Terry Riley and a performance of In C. The group recently named Steven Schick as their artistic director.

-Possibly helpful for your Lenten practice.

Prismatic Schedule

The sax quartet Prism has announced its performance schedule for the current season. I’m happy to say this includes a performance of my Straight Up, which I wrote for the group’s 20th anniversary a few years ago. My piece was one of a group of twenty-three short pieces written for the occasion, and all of them have been recorded for Innova. CD release concerts will take place at WXPN’s World Cafe here in Philly, and at The Stone in New York, May 28 and May 31, respectively. (I’m a Penn faculty member, but I can’t get my music heard on Penn’s quite commercial “non-commercial” radio station, despite that station’s supposed allegiance to “real musical variety” – at least my music can sneak into the station’s live performance space.) The Prism season also features a program of music by Greek composers, including Xenakis and Penn alum Stratis Minakakis; and a program of premieres, including music by David Rakowski, Lisa Bielawa, Perry Goldstein, Caro Haxo, and the quartet’s own Matthew Levy.