New York City Alive with the Music of Elliott Schwartz in May and June

Story posted May 16, 2012

The New York City classical music scene will be alive with the music of Elliott Schwartz, Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus, this May and June.

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Elliott Schwartz

Four different performances of the internationally acclaimed composer's music will be presented, two of them premieres.

The new work Mirrors and Branches for piano solo and pre-recorded pianos will be premiered by pianist Hui Wu at Paul Hall, The Julliard School of Music, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2012. In this work, the pianist records passages on two different tracks, then performs the three-piano work, playing one part live on stage flanked by two speakers broadcasting the other two parts.

Schwartz's Sonata and Violin for Doublebass will be performed by members of the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensembles at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Merkin Hall. The concert is presented as part of the NYPE Merkin Hall Sunday afternoon chamber series. Ticket information.

Chamber Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson for violin and chamber orchestra will be performed at a concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the American Composers Alliance at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Symphony Space. The Orchestra of the League of Composers will be conducted by Louis Karchin, and the distinguished British violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved will be soloist. This concerto was commissioned by Bowdoin for the 2007 opening of Studzinski Recital Hall, and was first performed at Studzinski by Skaerved and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. Ticket information.

Schwartz will perform as piano soloist in the premiere of his work Hearing David for piano and electronic sounds at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012, at a concert in memory of David Gamper (1945-2011), Bowdoin class of 1967, who was a leading figure in the new-music world. The piece makes use of sound sources created by Gamper during his student years at Bowdoin and Dartmouth. The concert will take place at Roulette, Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, one of New York's leading alternative spaces. Tickets are free but required for this concert. RSVP by June 15, soundingfordavid@gmail.com or 646-801-9451.

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