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Margaret Brouwer
Composer

Composer Margaret Brouwer’s music has earned singular praise for its lyricism, musical imagery, and emotional power. The highlight of Ms. Brouwer's 2017 season is the premiere of her environmentally-themed oratorio, Voice of the Lake. This work focuses on  the struggle between the recreational and natural joys of Lake Erie and the commercial, agricultural and political issues that threaten its ecological health.

The world premiere of Voice of the Lake takes place on November 12, 2017, 3:00 pm, at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts in Cleveland, OH.

Austrian Cultural Forum NY
Concert Series

With its architectural landmark building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is the cultural embassy of Austria in the United States. It hosts more than 100 free events annually and showcases Austrian contemporary art, music, literature, and academic thought in New York.  ACFNY's Fall 2017 season features the pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits, the Moving Sounds Festival, modern klezmer sounds from Nifty's, cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl, and the new music/jazz ensemble Studio Dan.

Baby Got Bach
Concert Series

The interactive concert series Baby Got Bach, hailed as "magical" and a "wonderful carnival of musical exploration," was founded by concert pianist Orli Shaham in 2010. As Artistic Director, she draws on both her background as an internationally renowned musician and her experience as the mother of young children. Designed for children ages 3-6 and their families, Baby Got Bach features live chamber music in a participatory format. The concerts feature hands-on activities followed by performances that encourage audience participation and develop listening skills.

Baruch Performing Arts Center
Concert Series

Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) is an active presence in the heart of Manhattan. Located just east of the Chelsea neighborhood, BPAC presents world class Classical music, Jazz, Pop, theater, dance, literary and spoken word, film, and talks. BPAC's 2017/18 season features acclaimed pianists Sara Davis Buechner and Michael Brown; chamber ensembles Sonnambula, Cantata Profana, Israeli Chamber Project, and the Alexander String Quartet; and opera festivals from Prototype and Heartbeat Opera. In addition, BPAC offers a jazz series named for bassist and late Baruch faculty member Milt Hinton. This season the Milt Hinton Jazz Series presents Matuto, Yotam Silberstein Quartet, and Jane Ira Bloom.

Victoria Bond
Composer

A major force in 21st century concert music, Victoria Bond leads a dual career as composer and conductor. Her compositions have been praised by the New York Times as "powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding," and her conducting has been called “impassioned” by the Wall Street Journal and “full of energy and fervor” by the New York Times.

Victoria Bond's new groundbreaking opera, Mrs. President, tells the true story of  Victoria Woodhull, who, in 1872, was the first female candidate to run for the US presidency. Anchorage Opera presented the premiere of the newly orchestrated score of Mrs. President in October, 2012. 

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival
Music Festival

Composer and conductor Victoria Bond is the founder and director of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival. CEC has been called "a full-throttle commitment to contemporary music" by Chamber Music America, and "a gift to New Yorkers thirsty for new sounds" by Time Out New York. 2018 marks the festival's 20th anniversary season featuring award-winning quintet Sybarite5 performing works by Paul Moravec, Victoria Bond, and James Schlefer; a staging of composer Eric Salzman's "Big Jim and the Small Time Investors"; Boston-based Hub New Music performing works by Robert Honstein, Victoria Bond, and Evan Ziporyn; and a return to CEC for the Cygnus Ensemble.

Defiant Requiem
Artist

Created and conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features a full performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass. The performance includes actors, historic film footage from Terezín and interviews with original chorus members relating the full, impassioned story of how and why these Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform the Verdi Requiem during their darkest hours.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín has been performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Lincoln Center in New York City; in Jerusalem as part of the Israel Festival in May 2012; before an audience of 5,000 in Budapest in 2010; at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague; and in Terezín itself. The concert was performed in Berlin on March 4, 2014.

The Defiant Requiem Foundation, in partnership with Partisan Pictures, produced Defiant Requiem, a moving and powerful feature-length documentary film that tells the inspirational story of how and why conductor Rafael Schächter recruited a chorus of 150 fellow prisoners and taught them the powerful and enormously demanding Verdi Requiem by rote.  Narrated by actor Bebe Neuwirth, the film has been broadcast on PBS and on BBC4 in the U.K and received numerous awards nationwide, including two Emmy nominations.

Ensemble For These Times (E4TT)
Artist

Ensemble for These Times is a new music chamber group consisting of award-winning soprano Nanette McGuinness, Van Cliburn competitor pianist Dale Tsang, and 2015 The American Prize winner in Composition, David Garner, joined by guest cellist Anne Lerner-Wright for the 2017/18 season.

The ensemble’s mission is to bring new, nearly new, forbidden, and forgotten music to light, focusing on 20th and 21st century music that is relevant, engaging, original, and compelling, music that resonates today and will speak to tomorrow. E4TT strongly believes in the power of artistic beauty, intelligence, wit, lyricism, and irony to create a deep understanding of our times and the human condition.

"Surviving: Women's Words," (Silver Medal in 2016 Global Music Awards) available on Centaur

Christopher Houlihan, Organist
Artist

Organist Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists, praised by the media as “gifted” (New York Times), “dazzling” (Wall Street Journal), and “eloquent” (Los Angeles Times). Still in his 20's, Houlihan's international performing career is well underway, having performed in celebrated venues in major cities across North America and Europe, as well as at numerous conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. 

"Mrs. President", an opera by Victoria Bond
Performance

In 19th century America, women didn’t have the right to vote, much less run for president. But in 1872, Victoria Woodhull did just that, and, much more recently, has inspired an opera based on her life. In the opera Mrs. President, composer Victoria Bond and librettist Hilary Bell have crafted a seething drama of ambition and betrayal, which tells the story of Woodhull’s visionary struggle to defy history and become the first female President of the United States.

The real-life Victoria Woodhull’s story reads like grand opera. Her run for president in 1872 was just the tip of the iceberg. She was a clairvoyant, newspaper publisher, jailbird, stockbroker and proponent of free love. Despite her courage and persistence, Woodhull was viciously attacked by the conservative society in which she lived, a movement which was spear-headed by the powerful and influential preacher Henry Ward Beecher. Woodhull spent Election Day in prison, jailed for revealing Beecher’s secret life, a sex scandal that ignited the public and the press.

The opera Mrs. President is in two acts and seven scenes. Running time is approximately two hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Orli Shaham, Pianist
Artist
A consummate musician recognized for her grace and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists.
Haskell Small, Pianist
Recording

Pianist and composer Haskell Small furthers his fascination with music that is primarily quiet, spacious and of a mystical nature with a new CD of original works.  Released on MSR Classics, "Book of Hours" includes A Jouney in Silence: Reflections on the Book of Hours (premiere recording) and Lullaby of War, a setting of six war poems for piano and two narrators.  Mr. Small has concertized with great success in major European capitals, South America, Japan and China, and has been enthusiastically received by American audiences at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Spoleto Festival USA. 

Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra
Artist

Based in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra is a professional ensemble that presents free concerts to the community. 2016-2017 marks the orchestra’s second season, highlighted by nine free concerts and two special events. Comprised of musicians from Upper Manhattan, the orchestra presents engaging concerts with a diverse repertoire; including favorite classical works, genre bending crossover pieces, and works by living composers.

The WHCO was founded in 2015 by conductor and music director Chris Whittaker. The WHCO strives to engage the people of Washington Heights and neighboring communities through exemplary musical performances and innovative educational programming. All concerts are at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church at the corner of Fort Washington Avenue and West 181st Street. The WHCO is a non-profit performing arts organization.