‘Deep Listening’ set for Feb. 24

The Society for New Music (SFNM) continues its 36th season with “Deep Listening” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Everson Museum. The concert features Bill Ryan’s 2006 “Simple Lines,” Carman Moore’s 2001 “The Mystery of Tao,” and Elliott Carter’s 2001 “Steep Steps” and also works by two of the Music SFNM commissioned composers – Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez (2007) and Ed Ruchalski (2008). The concert is
dedicated to the memory of Allie Jensen, long-time Society performer and former board member.

‘Winter Light’ to premier
Syracuse composer Edward Ruchalski has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, among others. His music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Mass MOCA, Miller Theatre, Everson Museum and the Festival of Miami. Ruchalski has also been the recipient of two Artist Grants from Syracuse’s Cultural Resources Council for his compositions using motorized string and percussion instruments of his own design.
Ruchalski’s “Winter Light” will be premiered at this concert. Commissioned by the Music SFNM with funds provided by the NYS Music Fund and NYSCA, the 20-minute work is composed in three continuous movements: “Elsewhere, By Snowlight, and Song for Beth.”
Ruchalski is working with Jen Cadieux and her students at Levy Middle School, who will join the Society’s professional ensemble performing on Ruchalski’s newly created percussion tree, specially designed for the students.

Dedicated to Neva Pilgrim
Eastman composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez has received numerous awards. Some of these recognitions include First Prize at the 2004 Malaysian Philharmonic Competition, commissions from the Koussevitzky, Guggenheim, Fromm, Rockefeller and Camargo Foundations, and the Mozart Medal from Mexico and Austria. Besides teaching at Eastman, Sanchez-Gutierrez is working on commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts, Howard Hanson Fund and Mexico’s National Fund for the Arts.
Sanchez-Gutierrez’s “ ... [and of course Henry the Horse] Dances the...” 2007 will receive its second performance. It was inspired by a Beatles lyric and was commissioned by Music SFNM with funds provided by the Koussevitzky Foundation. It is dedicated to Neva Pilgrim.

Mystery to be performed
New York City composer Carman Moore started his career composing symphonies while writing lyrics for pop songs, gradually adding opera, theatre, dance and film scores. In 1980 Moore founded the Skymusic Ensemble, an electro-acoustic group that has performed all over the world. Well-known as a composer for dance, Moore served as master composer and co-director of the American Dance Festival’s Young Choreographers and Composers Residency Program from 1986 to 1995.
Moore’s “Mystery of Tao” will be performed, a work commissioned and premiered by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2001. He will travel to Syracuse for this performance.

Rarely has music this earthy been so elegant
Michigan composer Bill Ryan has had his music performed throughout the world, including at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Minneapolis, Open-Air Electro-acoustic Concerts in Brasilia, Brazil, Symphony Space and Merce Cunningham studios in New York City. From 1997 to 2005, Ryan created Open Ears, a concert series of new music for which he gained national recognition. Ryan’s 2004 CD, “Blurred,” has been played on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and received a favorable Gramophone review: “Rarely has music this earthy been so elegant…”

New York City composer Elliott Carter
New York City composer Elliott Carter, celebrating his 100th birthday this year, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and again in 1973 for his daring string quartets. Carter is the first composer to receive the U.S. National Medal of Arts, one of many awards he has received. His music has been the subject of recent documentaries by London Weekend
Television and the Netherlands Broadcasting Corporation.

The “Deep Listening” performers:
Ann McIntyre (Camillus) and Stephanie Koppeis (Syracuse) on violin, Amy Diefes (Syracuse.) on viola, Wesley Baldwin (Knoxville, TN) on cello, John Friedrichs (FY) on bass clarinet, Adrienne Kim (Syracuse - S.U. faculty) on piano, Kirk Severtson (Potsdam faculty) on piano and synthesizer and Rob Bridge (DeWitt - OCC faculty) and Jennifer Vacanti (Baldwinsville-OCC faculty) on percussion, with James Tapia (Liverpool - SU faculty) conducting.

Rating: 2.3/5 (11 votes cast)

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