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Join Dr. Vanessa Fountain, harp and Dr. Joshua Phillips, clarinet, for an evening of original compositions and arrangements of duets for harp and clarinet from 1889 to 2022, featuring the premiere of "Introspective Blues" by Aaron Alter. This concert is a part of the Griffin Community Concerts at the Grossmont College Performing & Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 for the General Public and at the door, $10 Seniors/Military and $5 Students

Aaron Alter's "La Joie de Vivre" (inspired by the painting by Picasso) for flute and piano will be broadcast on the CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES program tomorrow on WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton, NJ and www.wprb.com. The recording is by the fantastic flute and piano duo of Iwona Glinka and Vicky Stylianou from an album entitled "Zayin" on the Phasma Music label.

On Sunday, February 4th, in New York, Aaron Alter's Vival-departures (inspired by the music of Antonio Vivaldi) for String Orchestra will have its U.S. premiere by the North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Max Lifchitz. Also on the program are works by Peter Aviss, Lelio Di Tullio and Dorothee Eberhardt. Admission is FREE!

On January 27th at 7:00pm at the 2024 NWEAMO festival at San Diego State University, the amazing soprano Ljiljana Winkler, who is coming all the way from Germany, and Composers Concordance, including superstar composer and guitarist Gene Pritsker and the "Wall St. Poet" Robert C. Ford, who are coming all the way from New York, will be performing in a very exciting concert. Aaron Alter's art song "Fire and Sleet and Candlelight" is on this intriguing and stylistically-diverse program of new music. Also on the program are works by Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Debra Kaye, Milica Paranosic/Brian DuFord, Gene Pritsker and Joseph Martin Waters, the poetry of Roger Aplon as well as top-notch local performers Beth Holub, viola, Todd Rewoldt, alto saxophone and Lesi Mei, piano. Many thanks to the fabulous composer Joseph Martin Waters for putting on this exciting festival, whose theme this year is "Melody, Magic, Song and Strife."

Aaron Alter's new Art Song, entitled "Sunset on the Spire (Introspective Blues #2)" will be premiered by the soprano Ljiljana Winkler and the CompCord Ensemble in New York on November 29th at a special concert by Composers Concordance entitled "The Art of the Art Song." The text is by the poet Elinor Wylie. Also on the program are works by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Seth Boustead, Vicky Cheng, Dan Cooper, Melanie Mitrano, Amy X Neuburg, Gene Pritsker, Emiliano Revert, Marina Vesic and Joseph Waters.

The performers are: Ljiljana Winkler, soprano voice

CompCord Ensemble: Peter Oswald - trumpet, Dennis Brandner - tenor saxophone, Jai Jeffryes - piano, Troy Rinker, Jr. - double-bass and Lee Jeffryes - drum set

$20 in advance+ $3.18 fee, $30 at the door

Aaron Alter's "Social Situations" will be premiered in New York on November 18th by the fantastic trio of Todd Rewoldt - alto saxophone, Gene Pritsker - electric guitar and Jai Jeffryes - piano at a concert entitled "Todd Rewoldt and Friends" as part of the Composers Concordance 2023-2024 season. Also on the program are works by William Anderson, Seth Boustead, Kitty Brazelton, Gilbert Galindo, Jane Getter, Denise Koncelik, Eugene McBride, Gene Pritsker and Dave Soldier.

$20 in advance+ $3.18 fee, $30 at the door

Harpist Naomi Alter and Flutist Jane Masur will play a varied program that includes Aaron Alter's Introspective Blues #1 for flute and harp as well as Handel's Harp Concerto. Also on the program are works by Bizet, Debussy, Faure, Ibert and Rameau. FREE admission.

I hope you will join me this Wednesday morning, August 02, 2023 from 7am till 10am for Classical Discoveries. Here is a list of some of the works and composers to be presented. Vival-departures for string orchestra (2022) by American composer, Aaron Alter Cloud Slant (2020-21) after Three Painting by Helen Frankenthaler (Concerto for Orchestra) by American composer, Kenneth Fuchs (1956- ) Legacy for flute and piano by American composer, Jennifer Higdon (1962- ) 8 Inventions for piano by American composer, Ulysses Kay (1917-1995) Mirror of Eternity for flute and small orchestra by Lebanese composer, Houtaf Khoury (1967- ) Three Philosophers Songs for soprano and instrumental ensemble (2013) by the Belgian/Canadian composer, Michel Lysight (1958- ) Taboo for One for clarinet by Danish composer, Paul Ruders (1949- ) Concerto Grosso in G minor for two solo violins, solo cello, string orchestra and harpsichord, Op. 40 (1972/2021) by English composer, Derek B. Scott (1950- ) Plus music by Nan Avant, Fjola Evans, Gareth Farr, Dirk-Michel Kirsch and others as time allows On 103.3FM Princeton NJ. or http://www.wprb.com Celebrating its 27th year on the air More information: http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/

'Name Bands & Nicknames'

As part of the The 11th Annual CompCord Festival –What’s In a Name?–

May 7th at Kostabi World

This event features new music written for the The J's: Ensemble: Jai Jeffryes - piano, Jay Rozen - tuba, Jay Elfenbein - electric viola da gamba. Composers are invited to join the trio as performers and write music inspired by the theme.

Composers Concordance presents its 11th annual festival, entitled ‘What’s In a Name?'. Four concert programs feature new music compositions inspired by names of fictitious characters, names that are dear to individual composers, and nicknames, plus a concert of 26 composers presented alphabetically, a trio of musicians named Jay, and other imaginative ways composers choose to play upon the event titles and festival theme. The concerts will be presented at an array of NYC venues, with numerous fun premieres, virtuoso performances, and an eclectic range of styles, presented in quick tandem, encouraging our favorite composers to play on the phenomenon of names.

Composers: Aaron Alter, Lynn Bechtold, Dennis Brandner, Dan Cooper, Jay Elfenbein, Gilbert Galindo, Christian Kuhen,Mark Kostabi, Peri Mauer, Max Pollak, Gene Pritsker, Jay Rodriguez, Jay Rozen, Svjetlana Bukvich, David See, Ann Warren.

Performers:

The J's: Ensemble: Jai Jeffryes - piano, Jay Rozen - tuba, Jay Elfenbein - electric viola da gamba

Guests Performers: Peri Mauer - cello, Svjetlana Bukvich - synthesizer, Anthony J. Izzo - sax, others tba

$20 in advance, $30 at the door

On March 26th at 4pm, Composers Concordancepresents Ensemble Motion. The legendary percussion ensemble Talujon meets Composers Concordance's own CompCord Ensemble on a program featuring brazen new compositions, together with choreography by the world-renowned tap dancer - body percussionist - composer Max Pollak.

At the historic St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, this exceptional interdisciplinary performing arts event will feature music by Aaron Alter, Dan Cooper, Jonathan Finlayson, Peter Jarvis, Denise Koncelik, Ginka Mizuki, Alon Nechushtan, Max Pollak, Gene Pritsker, Daniel Schnyder, and Randall Woolf.

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Composers Concordance & Talujon Present Ensemble Motion Talujon Percussion Meets CompCord Ensemble, Featuring Max Pollak Dance Company

Sunday, March 26th 4pm ET St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery 131 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

TICKETS $20 advance, $30 at the door

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Composers: Aaron Alter, Dan Cooper, Jonathan Finlayson, Peter Jarvis, Denise Koncelik, Ginka Mizuki, Alon Nechushtan, Max Pollak, Gene Pritsker, Daniel Schnyder, and Randall Woolf

Performers: Talujon: Michael Lipsey, David Cossin, Riley Palmer, Matt Ward - percussion

CompCord Ensemble: Daniel Schnyder - soprano saxophone, Michiyo Suzuki - clarinet, Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet, Gene Pritsker - electric guitar/conductor.

Featured Soloist: Peter Jarvis - flower pots/conductor

Max Pollak & Dancers: Max Pollak, Sydney Burtis,Tommy Wasiuta - dancers

Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door.

Harpist Naomi Alter and Flutist Jane Masur will play a varied program that includes Aaron Alter's Introspective Blues #1 for flute and harp as well as Handel's Harp Concerto. Also on the program are works by Bizet, Debussy, Faure, Ibert and Rameau. FREE admission.

Harpist Naomi Alter and Flutist Jane Masur will play a varied program that includes Aaron Alter's Introspective Blues #1 for flute and harp as well as Handel's Harp Concerto. Also on the program are works by Bizet, Debussy, Faure, Ibert and Rameau. FREE admission.

Aaron Alter's Earth Cantata will be premiered by The New Mexico Bach Society

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Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de Antonio, Placitas, NM 87043

Aaron Alter's "Earth Cantata" (inspired by the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach) for chorus and chamber orchestra will be premiered by the New Mexico Bach Society in a concert that also includes Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata No. 8. Tickets are $20 for Students with open seating, $25 for Family with Open Seating, $25 for LiveStream only, $30 for Students with reserved seating, $45 for Seniors with open seating, $50 Adult with open seating, $55 Family with reserved seating, $55 Senior with reserved seating, $60 Adult with reserved seating. The ticket link is below.

New Mexico Bach Chorale: Jennifer Perez and Camille Tierney, sopranos; Esther Moses and Jacqueline Zander-Wall, altos; André García-Nuthmann and Jordan Jones, tenors; Andrew Paulson and Tim Willson, basses

New Mexico Bach Society Players: Linda Marianiello, flute; Valerie Potter, flute; Rebecca Ray, oboe d’amore; Amanda Talley, oboe and English horn; Mike Gruetzner, clarinet; Stefanie Przybylska, bassoon; Michael Walker, French horn; Elizabeth Baker and Carla Kountoupes, violins; Gail Robertson, viola; Sally Guenther, cello; Deborah Dunham, string bass; Jeremy Reger, piano

Sponsored by Michael Middleton & Patrick Ryan, Norman and Suzanne George

Students-$20-30, Family $25-$55 Family, LiveStream only-$25, Seniors-$45-$55, Adults-$50-$60

Aaron Alter's Earth Cantata will be premiered by The New Mexico Bach Society

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 50 Mount Carmel Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Aaron Alter's "Earth Cantata" (inspired by the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach) for chorus and chamber orchestra will be premiered by the New Mexico Bach Society in a concert that also includes Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata No. 8. Tickets are $20 for Students with open seating, $25 for Family with Open Seating, $25 for LiveStream only, $30 for Students with reserved seating, $45 for Seniors with open seating, $50 Adult with open seating, $55 Family with reserved seating, $55 Senior with reserved seating, $60 Adult with reserved seating. The ticket link is below.

New Mexico Bach Chorale: Jennifer Perez and Camille Tierney, sopranos; Esther Moses and Jacqueline Zander-Wall, altos; André García-Nuthmann and Jordan Jones, tenors; Andrew Paulson and Tim Willson, basses

New Mexico Bach Society Players: Linda Marianiello, flute; Valerie Potter, flute; Rebecca Ray, oboe d’amore; Amanda Talley, oboe and English horn; Mike Gruetzner, clarinet; Stefanie Przybylska, bassoon; Michael Walker, French horn; Elizabeth Baker and Carla Kountoupes, violins; Gail Robertson, viola; Sally Guenther, cello; Deborah Dunham, string bass; Jeremy Reger, piano

Sponsored by Michael Middleton & Patrick Ryan, Norman and Suzanne George

Students-$20-30, Family $25-$55 Family, LiveStream only-$25, Seniors-$45-$55, Adults-$50-$60

Aaron Alter's "La Joie de Vivre" (inspired by the painting by Picasso) for flute and piano will be performed as part of the Society of Composers Region VIII Conference at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

The complete program is: Finding, Believing for vibraphone - Matthew Schildt James Doyle, vibraphone

Three Scenes for Wind and Hammer for flute/piccolo and piano - Nathan Froebe I. Ice Sculptures II. Whispering Mines III.Forged in Flames

La Joie de Vivre (inspired by the Picasso painting) for flute and piano - Aaron Alter Tracy Doyle, flute Ronaldo Rolim, piano

Unnatural Tendencies for solo pianoforte - Amelia Kaplan Ronaldo Rolim, piano

Breathless for piano trio - Chris Arrell I. Kaleidoscope in Blues II. Reflections and Reverberations III.Kaleidoscope in Greens IV. One, Two, Three V. Kaleidoscope in Reds VI. Reflections and Reverberations

Piano Trio No. 1 - Zach Gulaboff Davis Maria Sampen, violin Alistair MacRae, cello Ronaldo Rolim, piano

New Mexico Performing Arts Society and the JCC of Greater Albuquerque present Oliver Prezant, Lecturer and Educator at the Santa Fe Opera, and composer Aaron Alter (https://aaronalter.com) in an event that sheds light on his newly commissioned Earth Cantata. The world premieres of Earth Cantata will take place at the 2023 NMPAS New Mexico Bach Society concerts on Friday, March 3 at 7 pm in the Immaculate Heart Chapel, 50 Mount Carmel Road in Santa Fe and Sunday, March 5 at 5:30 pm at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Rte. 165 in Placitas, NM. Franz Vote leads the ensemble in both performances.

Oliver and Aaron will discuss how the music of Johann Sebastian Bach inspired Aaron’s new cantata. They will explore Aaron’s life in music, choice of cantata text, vocal writing and instrumentation. The work features SATB choir and soloists, chamber orchestra with flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin 1 & 2, viola, cello, string bass, piano and tambourine. Musical examples give listeners a chance to enjoy some of Aaron’s other compositions. This event concludes with a Q&A. Admission is FREE. Masks are required.

As a special perk, Meet the Composer guests may purchase tickets to the world premiere at a 10% discounted price. Please see NMPAS Executive Director Linda Marianiello at reception to order your tickets.

New Mexico Performing Arts Society and Temple Beth Shalom present Artistic Director Franz Vote and composer Aaron Alter (https://.aaronalter.com) in an event that sheds light on his newly commissioned Earth Cantata. The world premieres of Earth Cantata take place at the NMPAS New Mexico Bach Society concerts on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7 pm in the Immaculate Heart Chapel, 50 Mount Carmel Road in Santa Fe and Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 5:30 pm at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Rte. 165 in Placitas, NM. Franz Vote leads the ensemble in both performances.

Franz and Aaron will discuss how the music of Johann Sebastian Bach inspired Aaron’s new cantata. They will explore Aaron’s life in music, his choice of cantata text, vocal writing and instrumentation. The work features SATB choir and soloists, chamber orchestra with flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin 1 & 2, viola, cello, string bass, piano and tambourine. Musical examples give listeners a chance to become familiar with Aaron’s other works. The event concludes with a Q&A. Admission is FREE

As a special perk, Meet the Composer guests may purchase tickets to the world premiere at a 10% discounted price. Please see NMPAS Executive Director Linda Marianiello at reception to order your tickets.

Aaron Alter will be interviewed on the Richard Eeds Show on KTRC FM 103.7 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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KTRC 103.7 FM, 2502 Camino Entrada Ste C, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Aaron Alter will be interviewed with Linda Marianiello and Franz Vote of the New Mexico Performing Arts Society on the Richard Eeds Show on 103.7 FM in Santa Fe, New Mexico to discuss thus week's "Meet the Composer" event at Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe as well as the upcoming premiere in March of Aaron Alter's "Earth Cantata" (inspired by the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.)

On Friday, December 2nd at 8pm at Greenwich House, Composers Concordance presents a concert program that propels an age-old compositional form into the 21st Century.

The Art of the Art Song features soprano Ljiljana Winkler, of the German group Formation Solenne, as she interprets songs from nine of today's most dynamic composers, writing under the influence of numerous contemporary styles and texts.

Ljiljana joins CompCord Ensemble: violinist Lynn Bechtold, oboist Katie Scheele, trumpeter Peter Oswald, pianist Jai Jeffryes, electric guitarist / conductor Gene Pritsker, and conductor Charles Coleman on a program of art songs composed by Aaron Alter, Kitty Brazelton, Benjamin Louis Brody, Luis Andrei Cobo, Dan Cooper, Eugene W. McBride, Gene Pritsker, Will Rowe, Marina Vesic, and Joseph Waters.

Gene Pritsker’s overKyll II, based on a poem by Anton Humpe; Aaron Alter's Fire and Sleet and Candlelight, based on a poem by Elinor Wylie; Dan Cooper's Little Water Drops, based on Shakespeare; Eugene W. McBride's There You Are, Here I Am, dedicated to the people of Ukraine; and Kitty Brazelton's Leaving, dedicated to CompCord founder Joseph Pehrson, are among the featured compositions.

Composers: Aaron Alter, Kitty Brazelton, Benjamin Louis Brody, Luis Andrei Cobo, Dan Cooper, Eugene W. McBride, Gene Pritsker, Will Rowe, Marina Vesic, Joseph Waters

Performers:

Ljiljana Winkler - soprano CompCord Ensemble: Lynn Bechtold - violin Katie Scheele - oboe Peter Oswald - trumpet Jai Jeffryes - piano Gene Pritsker - electric guitar / conductor Charles Coleman - conductor

General Admission $20 + $1.19 fee