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41st Annual Festival of New American Music
November 2-11, 2018

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

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Stephen Blumberg, Director
Scott Perkins, Co-Director

Parking is free after 6pm in PS1 for the evening concerts.

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Festival of New American Music

The 41st Annual Festival of New American Music runs from November 2-11, 2018, opening on Friday, November 2 at with a Gala Concert. All evening concerts will now start at an earlier time, 7:00 p.m. The Gala will feature the Empyrean Ensemble, pianist Jeffrey Jacob, soprano Jamie Jordan, and pianist Daniel Schlosberg. Below are some of the highlight concerts on the Festival. For more, see the complete schedule.


On Saturday, November 3, soprano Jamie Jordan performs at 7:00 p.m. Performance highlights include Alice Tully Hall with AXIOM (Juilliard); Baltimore Lieder Weekend with Daniel Schlosberg, Brooklyn Museum for the Bang on a Can Marathon; Carnegie Hall with Daniel Druckman, Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; MATA festival and Wesleyan University with Mantra Percussion; Merkin Hall and Tenri Cultural Institute with New York New Music Ensemble; MATA Festival with Talea Ensemble; National Sawdust on the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series; PASIC with the Bob Becker Ensemble; and Symphony Space with American Composers Orchestra, and Nadia Sirota.

Jamie Jordan has given recitals at the American Academy in Rome, Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Florida, Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), Resonant Bodies Festival, and Unruly Music Festival (Milwaukee). She has been a soloist with Alia Musica Pittsburgh, NOCCO (Seattle), and Southern Tier Symphony.


The Empyrean Ensemble from U.C. Davis performs on Sunday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking, eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven extraordinary core players—the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, Empyrean has premiered approximately 200 works and performed throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series.

The group consists of pianist Michael Seth Orland, violist Ellen Ruth Rose, flutist Tod Brody, clarinetist Peter Josheff, percussionist Chris Froh, cellist Thalia Moore, and violinist Hrabba Atladottir. The ensemble has recordings available on Centaur and Capstone records.


Eight Strings and a Whistle will perform on Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m., with music for flute, viola, and cello. They will be performing Tertium Quid (2002) by Stephen Blumberg, Loki's Lair by Mark Winges and Melville's Dream by Stanley Grill, along with other works. The group has been captivating audiences throughout the Northeast since 1998. They collaborate regularly with composers from all over the U.S. The ensemble won the Artists International Special Presentation Award, and gave a critically acclaimed New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall in 2003. Their debut album, "Albert’s Window", was released on Ravello Records in 2015.

Suzanne Gilchrest, flutist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. She is currently a member of the flute and chamber music faculty of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. Violist Ina Litera is an active symphonic and chamber musician performing with the Stamford Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra, The School of American Ballet Orchestra, The Putnum Chorale, The Long Island Masterworks Orchestra and The Oratorio Society of Queens. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York and on faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement and the Lucy Moses Music School in New York City. Matthew Goeke , cellist, performs as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in a broad range of musical styles. He has recorded for Opus One Records, Polygram, Elektra, Tzadik, Innova and Koch, International Classics labels, and with the bands, GIANTfingers and Voltaire. He can be heard on Angelique Kidjos 2007 Grammy Award winning album, Djin Djin , and with David Bowie on Time Will Crawl.


On Wednesday, November 7, Ensemble Dal Niente performs at 7:00 p.m. Ensemble Dal Niente is a Chicago-based contemporary music collective that presents and performs new music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form. The ensemble performs music written for large ensemble, chamber music, and solo works, each with relentless attention to interpretation. Their introduction to the international music community was expedited by their acclaimed performances at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music in 2010 and 2012; in 2012, Dal Niente became the first-ever ensemble recipient of the coveted Kranichstein Music Prize and was invited to give the 2014 festival’s culminating performance in Darmstadt, Germany.

Founded in 2004 by a group of student composers at Northwestern University, the ensemble has risen from obscurity to a position as one of North America's most prominent new music groups, and has held residencies at Harvard University, Indiana University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, and Williams College.


The Hub New Music Ensemble performs on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Hub New Music is a mixed quartet that explores a richly diverse palette of 21st century sounds. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, Hub has been praised for "handling tricky ensemble passages with ease" (New Music USA) in performances that are “elegant and exacting” (the Boston Globe) and inspire a  “refreshing sense of pure joy.” (New Classic LA).

Flutist and ensemble founder Michael Avitabile has collaborated with today’s most prominent composers including John Zorn, Brett Dean, and Christian Wolfe. He has received fellowships to play with the National Repertory Orchestra, Banff Festival Orchestra, and has also performed with the New World Symphony. Clarinetist David Dziardziel frequently performs with groups such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova, NEMPAC Opera Project, and Commonwealth Lyric Theater. He recently earned his Master of Music from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Richard Stoltzman.

Zenas Hsu is a Taiwanese-American violinist with a passion for chamber music. He is a founding member and current resident artist of Chamber Music by the Bay, a performance and educational series now in its fifth season in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was accepted at age sixteen to the Curtis Institute of Music to study with Ida Kavafian, and later received his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Nicholas Kitchen and Donald Weilerstein. Jesse Christeson has served as Principal Cellist of the Mississippi Symphony since the 2013-14 season. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Christeson received a master’s degree in music performance from Rice University (in the studio of Norman Fischer), and completed his third consecutive summer as a Fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.


The chamber ensemble enhakē performs at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. The grand-prize winner of the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (2009), gold medalist of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall (2008), and laureate of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (2011), enhakē has successfully toured on three continents and in some of the world’s most exciting venues. Strong advocates for new music, enhakē has had works written for and dedicated to them by many of the world’s leading composers including: Libby Larsen, Peter Lieuwen, and Edward Knight.

The quartet’s members (Wonkak Kim, clarinet; M. Brent Williams, violin; Katherine Decker, cello; Eun-Hee Park, piano) are all dedicated educators having held posts at universities in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin, in addition to being faculty members at the Chapel Hill International Chamber Music Workshop (NC), Music in the Mountains Conservatory (CO), Interlochen Center for the Arts (MI), and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI).


The 41st Annual Festival of New American Music closes with Terry and Gyan Riley, along with pianist Sarah Cahill on Sunday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. Terry and Gyan Riley have been performing together since the late 90's and have appeared in concert throughout the USA and Europe. Terry is a legendary composer and performer who was a pioneer of the minimalist school of Western classical music. Riley studied at Shasta College, San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Conservatory before earning an MA in composition at the University of California, Berkeley. He was involved in the experimental San Francisco Tape Music Center, working with Morton Subotnick, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, and Ramon Sender, and had a long-lasting assocation with the Kronos Quartet, writing 14 quartets for them.

Terry's son Gyan is a Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer described by The New Yorker as a "one-man American-music machine". He was the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory, and as a guitarist has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, New Music USA, the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the American Composers Forum, and the New York Guitar Festival. Various tours have taken him throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the US, both as a soloist and in various ensembles.

Pianist Sarah Cahill was recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by the New York Times. Her discography includes over twenty albums on the New Albion, CRI, New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Cold Blue, Other Minds, Pinna, and Irritable Hedgehog labels. She has had works dedicated to here by John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, and Ingram Marshall. Cahill’s four-CD box set, Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley, was released in 2017 on the Irritable Hedgehog label and features Terry Riley’s solo and four-hand works and eight world premiere recordings of commissioned works in honor of his 80th birthday.