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"; and Boston-based Hub New Music performing works by Robert Honstein, Victoria Bond, and Evan Ziporyn.
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Note: All performances are at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space.

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival is a month-long series on Mondays in April featuring the music of living composers with discussions between host Victoria Bond and the composers featured on each program prior to performances by outstanding ensembles and soloists.

Composers and Premieres

Significant composers include Laurie Anderson, William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, David Del Tredici, Philip Glass, Derek Bermel, Jennifer Higdon, Tania León, Andrew Norman, Joan Tower, Tobias Picker, Huang Ruo, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Harold Meltzer, Peter Schickele and John Harbison. Notable premieres include Derek Bermel’s “Thracian Sketches,” Paul Moravec’s “Angels Dancing,” Pauline Oliveros’ “Sounding for Well Being,” Judith Shatin’s “Penelope’s Song” and the solo piano transcription of Philip Glass’ “Piano Concerto #2.”

The Festival has produced fully staged chamber operas including “My Last Duchess” by Theodore Wiprud, “The Clever Mistress” by Robert Sirota, “The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz” by Eric Salzman, and concert performances of “The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine” by Aaron Kernis, “Language Instruction,” by Derek Bermel and scenes from Victoria Bond’s operas, “Mrs. President” and “Clara.”

In addition to chamber ensembles, soloists have included Theo Bleckman, Charles Neidich, Daniel Phillips, Carol Wincenc, Kenneth Cooper, Steven Beck, Ursula Oppens, Susan and Renee Jolles, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Cornelius Dufallo, Kenji Bunch, Sato Moughalian, Ken Noda, Edward Arron, William Bolcom, Joan Morris and Daron Hagen.



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