Skip to main content

School of Music

Season Highlights

Basic Info

40th Annual Festival of New American Music
November 3-12, 2017

Admission to all events is free! Daily concerts, masterlcasses, and forums.

Full schedule

View the poster

Stephen Blumberg, Director
David A. Wells, Co-Director

Parking is free after 7pm in PS1 for the evening concerts.

Driving Directions

Festival of New American Music

The 40th Annual Festival of New American Music runs from November 3-12, 2017, opening on Friday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. with a Gala Concert. The Gala will feature Citywater with guest harpist Jennifer Ellis, guitarist David Tanenbaum, and Line Upon Line Percussion. Below are some of the highlight concerts on the Festival. For more, see the complete schedule. Or, view the 2017 poster.

On Sunday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m., David Tanenbaum will present a solo recital. Recognized internationally as an outstanding performing and recording artist, David Tanenbaum is one of the most admired classical guitarists of his generation. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, the former Soviet Union and Asia, and in 1988 he became the first American guitarist to be invited to perform in China by the Chinese government. He has been soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Sinfonietta ,and others. David Tanenbaum’s three dozen recordings can be found on New Albion, EMI, Nonesuch, Albany, Acoustic Music Records, Stradivarius, and others. David Tanenbaum is currently Chair of the Guitar Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received the 1995 Oustanding Professor Award, and he has been Artist-In-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music.

Piccolo artist Lois Herbine will perform on Tuesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. Lois Bliss Herbine is an internationally renowned solo piccolo recording artist. All six accompanied recordings from her CD, Take Wing, including premieres of Michael Daugherty, Daniel Dorff and Vincent Persichetti, can be heard on radio stations across the United States. Ms. Herbine has performed multiple times at National Flute Association conventions to favorable press, including premieres of solo music for piccolo by David Finko, Daniel Dorff, Cynthia Folio and Lucien Posman. A native of the Philadelphia area, Lois Herbine studied flute with Frank Versaci and Kazuo Tokito and graduated from the New School of Music, Philadelphia, as a student of David Cramer, John Krell and Deborah Carter Smith with the school's highest honors in performance and academic achievement. She has 22 years experience performing piccolo with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and 25 years of freelance performance work in and around Philadelphia.

On Thursday, November 9, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performs at 8:00 p.m.
Led by Artistic Director and cellist Clarice Jensen, ACME is dedicated to the performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. NPR calls them "contemporary music dynamos,” and The New York Times describes ACME’s performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.” ACME was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.” ACME has performed at leading international venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (Le) Poisson Rouget, Columbia University's Miller Theatre, Washington Performing Arts, UCLA's Royce Hall, Stanford Live, Constellation Chicago, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Jordan Hall in Boston, Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, The Library of Congress in DC, and many others. ACME has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, New World, New Amsterdam, and Butterscotch Records.

Daedalus String Quartet performs on Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Gardner Museum, as well as on major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Abroad the ensemble has been heard in such famed locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan. The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.

The Festival closes on Sunday, November 12 with a performance by pianist Gil Kalish at 8:00 p.m. Kalish's profound influence on the musical community as educator and as pianist has established him as a major figure in American music making. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for thirty years and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to new music that flourished during the 1960s and 1970s. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles and is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. From 1969 to 1997, he was a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center, serving as Chair of the Faculty from 1985 to 1997. In 1995, he was presented with the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago Music Department for distinguished service to the music of our time. In January 2002, he was the recipient of Chamber Music America’s Service Award for his exceptional contributions in the field of chamber music, and, most recently, he was awarded the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in the United States.