Three Jewish Composers – Three Centuries in Highland Park, IL

February 1st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 27, 2011
2:00 pm

On February 27th at 2pm, Chicago’s Spertus Institute presents Pianist Inna Faliks in a a rare musical exploration of three outstanding Jewish composers. She’ll highlight 19th-century composer Franny Mendelssohn, 20th-century master George Gershwin, and acclaimed contemporary composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin, who will join her for a musical dialogue. Ljova’s influences include klezmer, jazz, and classical music, whose styles he blends into something wonderful and new.

Inna Faliks is one of today’s most passionate and poetic young pianists. She performs in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall. She is curator and founder of the poetry-music series Music/Words.

Ljova was hailed by Billboard Magazine as “one of New York’s fastest-rising composers.” A Moscow native, he moved to New York in 1990. Today he arranges music for Yo Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, Jay-Z, and others and composes original music. He also performs as a violist in his own group, Ljova and the Kontraband.

This program takes place at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL. Tickets are $18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students.

New Millennium Orchestra Presents: Inna Faliks at the Cliff

January 31st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 11, 2011
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Pianist phenom Inna Faliks joins members of the New Millennium Orchestra for this second chamber music concert at the Cliff Dwellers Club in downtown Chicago on Friday, February 11th at 6pm. The program will feature the piano quintets of Schumann and Shostakovich. The concert begins at 6:00 p.m. There is a pre-concert cash bar and artist reception. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Cliff Dwellers Club is at 200 S Michigan Ave # 22, Chicago, IL, United States.

Performance duo, re[public] in/decency in Toronto Fest

January 31st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 16, 2011toFebruary 19, 2011

Performance duo, re[public] in/decency (Erica Mott and Coman Poon), will be featured this February 16-19 at the 32nd Annual Rhubarb Festival of Contemporary Performance in Toronto. Coman and Erica will restage their performance, How to Survive While in Exile, as part of the opening weekend of the Festival.

How to Survive While in Exile explores the physical, psycho-emotional, political and conceptual manifestations of “being in exile”. It premiered on January 17 & 18, 2009 at Links Hall, Chicago and has since been re-envisioned and performed at performances festivals and academic conferences including Radical Intersections: A conference bridging activism and performance practices at Northwestern University, Chicago on April 26, 2009.

This interdisciplinary piece was created over winter 2008-2009 as part of a trans-national collaboration between Coman Poon (Toronto, Canada), Erica Mott (Chicago, USA), Sheelah Murthy and 16 college prep students of the Hsinshu International School (Taiwan).

Composer Waddy Thompson premieres new work in NYC

January 31st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 21, 2011 7:25 pmtoFebruary 26, 2011 5:00 pm

New York City based composer Waddy Thompson‘s works have been performed at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., St. Louis Spring Festival, Chicago Festival of New Music, Florida New Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and on many recitals. February 2011 sees two NYC performances for his new work for string quartet, “Winter Morning by a Lake”:

On February 21, 7:25 p.m., at Symphony Space, Thompson’s new work will be performed by the Cassatt Quartet, as part of The Music of Now marathon concert (which begins at 4 p.m.). In addition to Thompson, featured composers during this segment include Shirish Korde, David Del Tredici, Charles Wuorinen, Evan Ziporyn, and Daniel Godfrey, as well as composer-performers  Matt Sullivan (oboe) and Gustavo Casenave (jazz piano). Performances by Alice Jones (flute), Alison Deane (piano), Fidelio Trio, Cassatt Quartet, and Ursula Oppens (piano).

On February 26, 5:00 p.m., at the Nicholas Roerich Museum the same work will receive its “Above 96th Street Premiere” performed by violinist Vita Wallace and others as part of a program on meditation. In addition to Thompson’s work, this gathering for music and meditation also features music by Hannah Lash, Carl Voss, and David Loeb, and simple mindfulness meditation instruction. This is a day for people of all backgrounds to hear music differently – seating on the floor, as well as chairs: feel free to bring a cushion.

This Sunday: The Accordion will be featured at Baby Got Bach along with world premiere by Steven Mackey

January 31st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
February 6, 2011
11:00 amto12:30 pm

Accordion player Ernest Sau will be at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge for this weekend’s Baby Got Bach performance on February 6th from 11am – 12:30pm. In this monthly series, kids play real instruments during pre-concert activities. Ernest will be playing and demonstrating the accordion and showing parents and children the opportunity to try and play this instrument. Other performers on this weekend’s program include Baby Got Bach’s Artistic Director and pianist, Orli Shaham, violinist Nurit Pacht, horn player Alma Liebrecht and the premiere of “Sneaky March” by composer Steven Mackey. In addition to Mackey’s premiere, music old and new and instruments familiar and unfamiliar will be played.

Babt Got Bach’s program is aimed toward 3 to 6 year-olds, but all ages are welcome. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase, and Baby Got Bach’s 11 am – 12:30 pm time on Sundays is designed to work around family naptime schedules. Tickets prices for the February 6th performances are $10 for children, $20 for adults, and $40 for family (up to 2 children & 2 adults), and can be purchased through (Le) Poisson Rouge at or (212) 505-FISH (212) 505-3474. Tickets are also available at the door, subject to availability. LPR is located at 158 Bleeker Street, between Thompson and Sullivan Streets in Greenwich Village.

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About the Accordion: The accordion is a box-shaped musical instrument sometimes referred to as a “squeezebox.” The accordion is played by pushing or opening a bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing valves to open. This allows air to flow across strips of brass or steel that vibrate to produce sound inside the body of the accordion. The instrument is sometimes considered a one-man-band as it needs no accompanying instrument.