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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

Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger will be playing Aaron Alter's "Toccata-Variations on a Theme by Charlie Parker" in a program entitled "Four Centuries of Variations." The program also includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann and Judith Shatin. The concert is free, but please arrive by 11:30am to get a seat.

Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger will be playing Aaron Alter's "Toccata-Variations on a Theme by Charlie Parker" in a program entitled "Four Centuries of Variations." The program also includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann and Judith Shatin. Admission is free, but please arrive at 1:00pm to get a seat.

Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger will be playing Aaron Alter's "Toccata-Variations on a Theme by Charlie Parker" in a program entitled "Four Centuries of Variations." The program also includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann and Judith Shatin. The concert is free, but please arrive by 7:00pm to get a seat.

Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger will be playing Aaron Alter's "Toccata-Variations on a Theme by Charlie Parker" in a program entitled "Four Centuries of Variations." Also on the program are works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann and Judith Shatin.

Third Street Music School piano department chair and instructor Joan Forsyth will be performing a diverse program with guests. Works include Aaron Alter's "Toccata-Variations on a Theme by Charlie Parker" for solo piano, Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos, Beethoven Violin Sonatas, songs from the Mascha Kaleko Project - a consortium of contemporary composers exploring the poetry of Mascha Kaleko. Also on the program are works by Jonathan Dawe and William Anderson. The guest performers are Jan Loffler, piano; Juliet Kim, violin; William Anderson; guitar and Elizabeth Farnum.

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Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger will be playing Aaron Alter's "Toccata-Variations on a Theme by Charlie Parker" in a program entitled "Four Centuries of Variations." Also on the program are works by Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt.

Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger will be playing Aaron Alter's "Toccata-Variations on a Theme by Charlie Parker" in a program entitled "Four Centuries of Variations." The program also includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann and Judith Shatin.

The concert last month by the incredible, courageous Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine at the Kwidzyn International Music Festival in Kwidzyn, Poland that contained the world premiere of my "Vival-departures" (inspired by the music of Antonio Vivaldi) for String Orchestra will be broadcast on YouTube this Sunday, October 23rd at 10:00am Pacific Time (1:00pm Eastern Time.) Here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edjy2XWaJuM . Also on the program are works by Michail Travlos, Brian Field, Paolo Geminiani, Hari Kanakis, Louis Sauter and Neil Stipp.

Aaron Alter's "String Theory" for String Quartet will be performed by the NeoQuartet (Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka (1st Violin), Paweł Kapica (2nd Violin), Michał Markiewicz (Viola), and Krzysztof Pawłowski (Cello)) at the concert hall at the Centrum Balke in Kwidzyn, Poland as part of the Kwidzyn International Music Festival. Also on the program are works by Scott Brickman, Brian Field, Louis Sauter, Neil Stipp and Michail Travlos.

The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine will perform the world premiere of Aaron Alter's "Vival-departures" (inspired by the music of Antonio Vivaldi) for string orchestra in the theatre in Kwidzyn, Poland as part of the Kwidzyn International Music Festival. Also on the program are works by Brian Field, Paolo Geminiani, Hari Kanakis, Louis Sauter, Neil Stipp and Michail Travlos.

Here is a list of some of the works and composers to be presented: Introspective Blues No. 1 for flute and harp (2016) by American composer, Aaron Alter Oneira for percussion quartet (2021) by American composer, Jennifer Bellor (1983- ) A Farmer’s Symphony by Canadian composer, John Estacio (1966- ) Sueños de Chambi for flute and piano by American composer, Gabriela Lena Frank (1972- ) Who, What, Where, When, Why? For orchestra (2020) by Dutch composer, Jacob ter Veldhuis (Jacob TV) (1951- ) Concerto 4—3 (2007) by American composer, Jennifer Higdon (1962- ) City Beautiful for violin, cello and piano by American composer, Shawn E. Okpebholo (1981- ) The Tide Turned & Beyond the Horizon (2020) by Dutch composer, Anne Vanschothorst (1974- ) Plus music by Lydia Kakabadse, Jon Lord (arr. by Paul Mann), Dimitris Papadimitriou, Ylva Skog and more as time allows On 103.3FM Princeton NJ. or http://www. wprb.com Celebrating its 25th year on the air Sound files after the broadcast at: https://www.mixcloud.com/MarvinRosen

Performers: Christophe Mantoux / France - organ

String quartet ÈxQuartet : Monika Sawczuk - violin Łukasz Górewicz - violin Grzegorz Sadowski - viola Tomasz Szczęsny - cello

In program: François Couperin (1668–1733) - Messe de paroisses (fragm.): Plein jeu Petite fugue sur le Chromhorne Duo sur les Tierces Dialogue sur la Trompette et le Clairon Tierce en Taille Dialogue sur les Grand jeux performed by Ch. Mantoux

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) - String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 49 1. Moderato 2. Moderato 3. Allegro molto 4. Allegro performed by the Quartet

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707) - Chorale prelude Wie schön leuchtet uns der Morgenstern BuxWV 223 performed by Ch. Mantoux

Nikos Athanassakis (1972) - String Quartet No. 1 (excerpts): 1. Allegretto 3. Scherzo

Aaron Alter (1955) - String Theory for String Quartet performed by the Quartet

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) - Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582 performed by Ch. Mantoux

Biographical notes: Christophe Mantoux studied at the Paris Conservatory under G. Litaize, also receiving first prizes in harmony and counterpoint. In 1984 he won the international organ competition Grand Prix de Chartres. In 1986–1992 he was the principal organist of the Chartres Cathedral, and in 1992–2011 a professor at the conservatory in Strasbourg. He is currently a professor at the conservatory in Paris and the principal organist of the Saint-Severin church in that city. He has performed in almost all European countries, as well as in North and South America. and China, Japan and South Korea. He is regularly invited to conduct master classes, as well as to sit on the juries of many international organ competitions.

ÈxQuartet is a string quartet made up of members of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. M. Karłowicz. The formation brings together artists who are pupils of various musical environments: Szczecin, Wrocław and Warsaw. The performers give concerts as chamber musicians, soloists, concertmasters, which gives the opportunity to express different approaches to musical performance. The main goal of the group is to present works in a form of expression different from before. ÉxQuartet in 2020 recorded their 3 debut albums, entitled "New Music For String Quartet" of contemporary music (the albums were awarded the medals at the 2021 Global Music Awards).

Composers: Aaron Alter, Dan Cooper, Delilah Gutman, Kristjan Järvi, Mark Kostabi, Lowell Liebermann, Eugene W. McBride, Daniel Palkowski, Gene Pritsker, David Saperstein, David See, Christopher Vassiliades.

Performers: Joan Forsyth, Jai Jeffryes, Taka Kigawa, Eugene W. McBride, Daniel Palkowski, David Saperstein, David See, Kathleen Supové, Christopher Vassiliades - piano, Christina Kay - soprano.

Composers Concordance presents a piano-based concert entitled ‘Variations,' focusing on Variation Form, including the myriad ways it remains central to music composition in the 21st century

Featured compositions include Gene Pritsker's 'Friendly Variations', Lowell Liebermann's 'Variations on a Theme of Schubert, Op. 100', Aaron Alter's 'Toccata-Variations on a Theme by Charlie Parker,' Christopher Vassiliades' 'Passacaglia Mystica', and Daniel Palkowski's 'Piano Variations'.

A certain musical form has remained so popular among composers that it seems almost synonymous with music composition itself. Variation Form’s adherents have included virtually all of the renowned composers of every era, all of whom composed sets of variations, from J.S. Bach’s 'Goldberg Variations' to Charles Ives’ ‘Variations on America.’ Beyond the classical canon, much Jazz music is structured on a basic pattern of theme and variations, and artists frequently develop variations on themes by other composers. Prime examples would include Coleman Hawkins’ 1939 recording of Johnny Green’s ‘Body and Soul,’ in which Hawkins famously varied the melody from the outset; and Billy Strayhorn’s ‘Take the A Train,' based on the harmonic progression of Jimmy McHugh’s ‘Exactly Like You.’ More recently, Pop music has become so replete with variation that fans, and even songwriters themselves, seem sometimes to forget who wrote what, leading to numerous disputes of authorship. Clearly, Variation Form itself has remained a constant, echoing what’s been heard before, while driving music’s evolutions.

The concert will also be live-streamed on the Composers Concordance Facebook page.

$20 in advance, $30 at the door

Aaron Alter's music to be included in the Classical Discoveries radio program on WPRB-FM 103.3 and https://wprb.com

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WPRB-FM Radio 103.3, Princeton, NJ

Here is a list of some of the works and composers to be presented: Two-Piano Suite by Jamaican composer, Eleanor Alberga (1949- ) Time and Again (2022) by American composer Bruce Babcock (1958- ) David’s Psalms by Ukrainian composer, Hanna Havrvlets (1958- ) The Journey from “A Saami Requiem” by Finnish composers, Gunnar Idenstam (1961- ) and Ola Stinnerbom Midsummer Passage by American composer, Doug Lofstrom Concerto No. 1 for tabla and percussion quartet by American composer, Peyton MacDonald (1974- ) Truro Canticles (2017) by British/Bulgarian composer, Dobrinka Tabakova (1980- ) Clarinet Concerto by Dutch composer, Theo Verbey (1959-2019) Plus music by Aaron Alter, Tania Eshaghoff, Paul Lansky, Galina Ustvolskaya and others and more as time allows On 103.3FM Princeton NJ. or https://wprb.com Celebrating its 25th year on the air Sound files after the broadcast at: https://www.mixcloud.com/MarvinRosen/

The amazing composer and guitarist Gene Pritsker will be coming all the way from New York and teaming up with the phenomenal saxophonist Todd Rewoldt for the West Coast premiere of Aaron Alter's Lament, Prayer and Renewal for tenor saxophone and electric guitar. Also on the program is the incredible violinist from Vancouver, Canada, Petro Krysa. The concert includes works by Gene Pritsker from Gene and Todd's new album "Duets For The End Of The World", as well as works by Madelyn Byrne, Dan Cooper, Debra Kaye and Texu Kim. This is opening concert of the NWEAMO FESTIVAL in San Diego! It's going to be an exciting concert.

Tickets are $20 at the door and the ticket revenue will be for the benefit of Ukraine. Payments will go directly via QR code to UNICEF.