Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

Sculpting Silence
Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3:00 PM
Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III, Syracuse University, Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, $40 family, free for kids 12 & under and SU students, faculty, and staff with valid ID

Music by Roberto Sierra, Tania Leon, Ryan Chase, Brent Michael Davids, and Doug Quin.

This concert is presented as part of Syracuse Symposium’s year-long series on "Silence."


The Doll: Silent Film with New Music
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7:30 PM
Palace Theater, Eastwood, 2384 James St., Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, $40 family, free for kids 12 & under

Premiere of a score by Diane Jones for the 1919 silent film The Doll by C.J. Lubitsch. Presented in conjunction with Syracuse International Film Festival and LeMoyne College.


Love Songs and Winners
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 2:30 PM
St. David's Episcopal Church, Jamar Drive, Dewitt
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, $40 family, free for kids 12 & under

Music by Dexter Morrill, Reza Vali, and Marjorie Merryman, plus the 2019 Israel/Pellman Prize winners Julian Bennett Holmes, Paul Edward Frucht, Charles Peck, and Gity Razaz


Minimalism's Champions
Friday, January 31, 2020, 7:30 PM
OCC Recital Hall, Onondaga Community College campus, Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, $40 family, free for kids 12 & under

A concert honoring Philip Glass and Steve Reich and their disciples Marc Mellits and Olivia Kieffer


Vision of Sound
Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:30 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, $40 family, free for kids 12 & under

New music and modern dance, with composers Mark Olivieri, Octavio Vazquez, Natalie Draper, Ryan Carter, Nic Scherzinger, and Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann collaborating with six of the finest choreographers in Upstate New York. The new works will be performed by nationally renowned dancers and the Society All-Stars.

The performance will be repeated on Feb. 29 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and on March 1 at Nazareth College.



Legends and Favorites
Friday, April 3, 2020, 7:30 PM
Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, $40 family, free for kids 12 & under

Featuring Eliot Fisk, guitar

Celebrating the centenary of George Rochberg, the 20th century’s musical "traitor" who broke with serialism in the 1960s following the death of his young son. Rochberg’s music performed by Syracuse native Eliot Fisk, guest artist. Also music by SNM commissioned composers Kevin Ernste and Paul Leary.


past concerts

Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage
Monday, August 26, 2019, 2:00 PM
Empire Theater, Art and Home Center, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse
Tickets: Free with NYS Fair admission

Scenes from the opera Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage, by composer Persis Parshall Vehar with a libretto by Gabrielle Vehar, will be performed as part of the Fair's Equality Day. The Gage Foundation is hosting the Social Justice Heritage Display as a partner with the Underground Railroad Consortium of NYS.


Astronaut's Tale and Larger Than Us
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 7:30 PM
Cazenovia College Theater, Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under, $40 maximum per family

Paul Leary Larger Than Us, 2018, with video
Charles Fussell The Astronaut's Tale (staged chamber opera modeled after Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale). Presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Astronaut's Tale dinner at Empire Brewery

Empire Brewery in Cazenovia is offering a special prix fixe buffet-style dinner prior to the Astronaut's Tale concert, 5:30-7:00 pm. Entree choices are vegan buddah bowl served hot with quinoa, roasted vegetables, sliced avocado, and vinaigrette, or herb-roasted chicken breast with pan sauce. Available sides include roasted local potatoes, roasted seasonal veggies, classic Caesar salad. Apple crisp with coffee or tea round out the meal. Cost including tax and gratuity is $30. (Cash bar available.)

Dinner reservations are required by July 17. To reserve, email jpotash1@twcny.rr.com or snm@societyfornewmusic.org, or phone 315-446-9197.


Adventure Lab
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 2:00 PM
Cazenovia Public Library, Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Interactive music and science event with pendulum music by Paul Leary's computerized pendulum.

NOTE: This program is incorrectly listed on the Cazenovia Counterpoint flyer as being on July 19.


Premiere Event
Sunday, July 14, 2019, 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under, $40 maximum per family

Premiere of a piece by Roberto Sierra, plus new works by Ryan Chase, Mons Leidvin Takle, Carson Cooman, and others, along with French organ music, performed by the Society All-Stars and 14-year-old Rising Star organist Dominic Fiacco.


Sonic Abstractions
Friday, July 12, 2019, 7:30 PM
Route 20 Sofa Company, 3208 Route 20, Cazenovia
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under, $40 maximum per family

Premiere of a piece by Christopher Cresswell, plus works by Loren Loiacono, Charles Peck, and Andrei Skorobogatykh, performed by the Society All-Stars.


Rising Stars
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 12:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by prize-winning young composers Gregg Welcher and Emmanuel Sikora, plus some classics, performed by prize-winning young musicians pianists Dominic Fiacco and Zachary Slade and cellist Katherine Wynn, with Sar-Shalom Strong, piano.


Vision of Sound
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 students/seniors, free for ages 12 and under

Composers Ryan Carter, Rob Deemer, Natalie Draper, Carrie Magin, Mark Olivieri, and Octavio Vazquez wrote new music for new dances choreographed by Lynea D’Aprix, Dominique Dawkins, Erika Ruegemer, Hanni Schwarzlander, Missy Pfohl Smith, Mariko Yamada.

Musicians include Rob Auler, piano; Tigran Vardanyan, violin; Zachary Sweet, cello; and Peter Allen, doublebass.

The program will be repeated on April 6 at 7:30 pm at Linehan Chapel at Nazareth College in Rochester.



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