Pegher performs Schwantner Concerto in WV

January 2nd, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 27, 2012 8:00 pmtoJanuary 28, 2012 11:00 am

Lisa Pegher (new website recently launched by PerformSites)  is an American solo percussionist who has been described by the Boston Globe as “forcefully balletic” and by critic Marty Lash of the Door County Advocate as “a gifted passionate artist, with a rock-star aura.” She has been featured in Symphony Magazine as one of the top six performers of her generation and continues to carve a new path for percussion as a solo instrument.

Pegher will perform Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra with Grant Cooper conducting on January 27-28 in Charleston, WV with the West Virginia Symphony (MORE INFO).

As a soloist Lisa has performed with many fine orchestras across the globe including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, NEPA Philharmonic, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, FM Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, York Orchestra and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Orchestra, and Peninsula Festival Orchestra among others. She has also worked with many inspiring conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Maximo Valdez, Daniel Meyer, Timothy Mufftt, Victor Yampolsky, Lawrence Loh, Sydney Harth, Lucas Richman, Kevin Noe, Crafton Beck, Tomasz Golka, Emily Ray, Robin Fountain, Brett Mitchell, Bernard Rubenstein, Robert Hart Baker, and Gil Rose. In August 2011 Lisa performed with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra in Santa Cruz, California celebrating Marin Alsop’s twenty year anniversary season.

She has also recently performed with the Grand Junction Orchestra in Colorado playing Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Percussion and is also performing concerti by Joseph Schwanter, James MacMillan, Kevin Puts and Christopher Rouse. Lisa gave the Wisconsin premiere of Tobias Brotrøm’s Arena Percussion Concerto with the Peninsula Festival Orchestra in August 2010 and recently premiered and recorded Mathew Rosenblum’s Double Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose and Kenneth Koon. This recording will be released on the BMOP Sound label in coming months. As an advocate of new music, she also recently premiered a new marimba solo by composer, Derek Bermel at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey and has also been involved with commissioning new works from Martin Bresnick and Paul Lansky.

Constantly looking for new artistic ways to present percussion to a broader audience, Lisa is currently performing her own multi-media project called: Minimal Art, which incorporates digital animation design, computer electronics and improvisation. It is featured on her newly released album. She also recently won a grant from Meet the Composer allowing her to commission a new percussion concerto by American Composer, David Stock that she premiered with a consortium of orchestras beginning in the 2007-08 season. Previous to the launch of full-time solo career, Lisa performed as the Principal Timpanist of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Section Percussionist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.



Musica Pacifica 2012 Northern California Season

December 22nd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 13, 2012
7:30 pm
January 14, 2012
8:00 pm
January 15, 2012
3:00 pm
7:30 pm

San Francisco Bay Area based early music ensemble Musica Pacifica, now celebrating their 20th season, is pleased to present a varied and extensive “home season” of performances in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Davis, and Sacramento.

Described by the press as “some of the finest baroque musicians in America” (American Record Guide) and “among the best in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell), Musica Pacifica performs 17th- and 18th-century music on varying combinations of recorder, violin, cello/gamba, harpsichord, and percussion. Their very recent Dancing in the Isles CD has continued to get rave reviews from music journals all over the world, including American Record Guide; the German magazine Concerto; Early Music Today from the UK, and the prestigious Gramophone from the UK, who called it “one of the zestiest recordings of recent vintage to present works that once had them dancing and listening with joy.” And the online journal, Musica dei Donum said: The playing is first-rate: full of bounce, stylish, and technically immaculate.”

Tickets for all events below (unless otherwise noted) are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, members of SF Early Music Society, Early Music America, and ARS; and $10 for students. Tickets are available through or at the door.

PROGRAM ONE, entitled “La Bizzarria: Music of 17th century Italy,” features music by Turini, Frescobaldi, Falconieri, Cazzati, Marini, Castello, Vitali, and others. Performances will be held:

Friday, January 13th , 7:30pm at the Petaluma Historical Museum
20 4th Street Petaluma, CA

Saturday, January 14th, 8pm at Trinity Chapel in Berkeley
2320 Dana St. (at Durant), Berkeley

Sunday January 15th , 3 pm at the Crocker Art Museum*, Sacramento
(in conjunction with the exhibit “Florence and the Baroque”)
216 O Street, Sacramento
*Tickets are $6 for CAM Members, $12 for Nonmembers, $8 for Students

Sunday, January 15th , 7:30 pm at the Davis Community Church, Davis
412 C St, Davis
No advance ticket sales. $10 suggested donation at the door.

PROGRAM TWO, entitled “Dancing in the Isles, The Sequel!” is a further selection of Baroque and traditional music from England, Scotland, and Ireland to complement the music from their original “Isles” CD. Performances will be held:

Thursday, February 16th , 7:30 pm at Ashkenaz*, Berkeley
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
*Tickets ($10 general admission) available after January 15, 2012 at

Saturday, February 18th , 8pm at First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto
600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto

Sunday, February 19th , 4 pm at Noe Valley Chamber Music*, San Francisco
Most Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks Street
(between 25th and 26th Streets), San Francisco
*Tickets are $20 General Admission, $15 for seniors and students

Members of Musica Pacifica (Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin; Charles Sherman, harpsichord; and Shirley Hunt, baroque ‘cello, viola da gamba) perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and also appear with prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. They have performed on such prestigious concert series as The Frick Collection and Music Before 1800 (NY), the Getty Museum (LA), Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), Cleveland Art Museum, and the Berkeley Early Music Festival (3 times), among others. They have performed at festivals in Germany and Austria and have been featured on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “Harmonia.” Musica Pacifica’s eight CD releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian, and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including Chamber Music America/WQXR’s 2003 Record Award, being featured on Minnesota Public Radio, and being chosen as “CD of the Month” by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg). Full bios of all musicians are at

PLEASE NOTE: Harpischordist Katherine Heater will perform in place of Charles Sherman at January’s concerts.

Chinese Fine Arts Society 2012 Season

December 21st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 19, 2012
6:00 pmto10:00 pm
January 23, 2012
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) who recently received $15,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, is pleased to announce their 2012 programming, including Chinese New Year celebrations as well as their Migratory Journeys Music Concert Series.

The Chinese Fine Arts Society’s January – April 2012 Season includes:

Adler After Dark Series – Chinese New Year Celebration
Thursday, January 19th, 2012, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
$12 for non-members and $9 for members and students (All guest must be 21 years and older).
FREE for Chinese Fine Arts Society members (reserve free tickets by emailing
Adler Planetarium, 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Chinese New Year at Daley Plaza
Monday, January 23, 2012, 12:00 PM
Free admission
Richard J. Daley Center, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago

Migratory Journeys World Premiere Concert
Featuring Civitas Ensemble with guests Yang Wei, YuQi Deng and others
Friday, March 16, 2012, 6:30 PM
Tickets $20 for non-members, $10 for members. Gala dinner by Henry Fogel to follow at the University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago. Gala tickets start at $125. Honorary Event Chairman: Henry Fogel
Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago (concert) (Gala)

Migratory Journeys Sunday Salon Concert
An All Chinese Music Concert dedicated to the memory of Barbara Tiao
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3:00 PM
Free admission
Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, Chicago

About the Chinese Fine Arts Society: For 27 years, this professional, small, fully- independent arts organization has brought together people from diverse backgrounds over a common goal: to celebrate the beauty and majesty of traditional and contemporary Chinese music and art. CFAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts.

Funding for these concerts are provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, City Arts Grants, and SMART Growth and the Arts Work Fund initiatives of the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates.

For further information about the Chinese Fine Arts Society or the Migratory Journeys Concerts, contact 312-369-3197 or Visit



Peter McDowell Arts Consulting offers workshop in Australia

December 11th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 20, 2012
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Peter McDowell Arts Consulting is proud to offer our first international workshop.“The Basics of Self Promotion for Performing Artists” will take place in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) on Friday, January 20, 2012, from 10AM – 5PM. This workshop is being presented by IHOS Music Theatre and Opera.

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The Basics of Self-Promotion for Performing Artists is a workshop designed to give musicians, composers, dancers, or other performing artists, simple but powerful tools and strategies for marketing and publicising their careers, creations and performances.

Areas covered include:

  • overview of web site options for performing artists
  • web site content basics
  • creating promotional PDFs such as one-sheets
  • writing a bio and a press release
  • contacting critics, reviewers and bloggers
  • getting events listed
  • promoting audio/video recordings on the web, to radio stations, and to critics/reviewers

There will be time for networking, group discussion and for a question and answer session. Participants are asked to bring any self-promotional materials that they have created.

The morning of the workshop will be spent in a group lecture/discussion setting and the afternoon will consist of one-on-one meetings to review your marketing portfolio as an artist. Peter will be able to share his knowledge of festivals and events in the USA and Europe with a history of programming international artists and groups and how Australian artists can best approach them.

Registration limited to 25 participants.

WHERE: ARTS TASMANIA (10AM – 1PM) 146 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, and IHOS HALL (2PM – 5PM) 32 Pitt Street, North Hobart



Performing Arts Consultant Peter McDowell has lived in New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago, USA over the past 20 years and brings his wealth of knowledge of the performing arts scene in each of these cities to the workshop. He has lived in France and Germany and brings a unique perspective on the European market as well. He has built a solid career on high-level, strategic, creative, efficient and effective service to performing arts organizations and performing artists. He is also Co-Founder of — a company which creates WordPress web sites for artists and arts organizations.


The Ladies Ring Shout – Dec 18 – 20

December 10th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 18, 2011
7:00 pm
December 19, 2011
7:00 pm
December 20, 2011
7:00 pm

In The Ladies Ring Shout – a performance using a combination of spoken word, movement and an original soundtrack – Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson and Meida McNeal explore portrayals of women of color in popular culture and contemporary society offering their own poignant and personal stories of resistance in this three-woman show.

“There’s potency within this range,” says TimeOut Magazine. “It’s as if the trio’s work is fundamentally a tug-of-war between emotional and intellectual investigation.”

December 18-20, 7pm
eta Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago

General Admission: $15 (online price includes $1.52 service fee)
To purchase tickets online click here
To purchase tickets via Box Office call or stop by
eta Creative Arts Foundation
7558 S. South Chicago Avenue, Chicago
10am-6pm M-F
Phone: (773) 752-3955

A production of Honey Pot Performance

Co-devised by Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson & Meida McNeal

Directed by Sonita Surratt

Costumes by Lindsay Obermeyer

Set & Environmental Design by Jeanne Medina