Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

Cazenovia Counterpoint Regional Invitational Art Exhibit
Sunday, July 1–Monday, July 30,
Various venues, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

The exhibit will be on display up in the village in various venues along Main Street, at Cazenovia Library, St. Peter’s Hall, Cazenovia Jewelry, Common Ground (Dave’s Diner), Cazenovia Artisans, and The Key.

Artists include Arlene Abend (featured artist with large-scale sculptures at SQHAP), Carol Adamec, Barbara Bickford, Linda Bigness, Stephen Carpenter, Rola Cotran, Ralph D’Mello, Vykky Ebner, Sara Felice, Drayton Jones, Noel Keith, Meredith Leonard, Denise Leone, Toloa Perry, Abisay Puentes, Jamie Santos, Penny Santy, Sharon Bottle Souva, Erin Willey, and Cayetano Velenzuela.

Young Composers Corner
Monday, July 16–Friday, July 20,
Cazenovia Public Library, Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Middle- and high-school age students interested in or currently writing music will have the unique opportunity to work with a professional composer, Nikolas Allen Jeleniauskas, to develop and refine their writing skills, think and talk critically about music with each other, and work to develop a new piece during the program.

The free program runs from July 16-20, culminating on Family Arts Day, Sunday, July 22, with a performance of these works by outstanding professional musicians.

Morning and afternoon sessions are limited to a maximum of six participants, so pre-registration is advised. For more information, download the flyer.

Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage
Friday, July 20, 7:30 PM
Cazenovia College Theater, Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia
Tickets: $25 regular, $15 seniors/students, 12 and under free

Second performance of commissioned opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage, with music by Persis Parshall Vehar and libretto by Gabrielle Vehar.

CNY native Matilda Joslyn Gage was one of the triumvirate, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who founded the women's suffrage movement in NYS. But she was "pushed aside" when Anthony and Stanton, after 40 years of tireless work, joined with the Temperance movement in order to involve more people in the movement.

The opera includes Frederick Douglass, who stayed overnight in Cazenovia on his way to Gerritt Smith’s estate in Peterboro, where many escaped slaves were housed before heading to the Adirondacks for land Smith gave them. Once land-owners, they couldn't be caught as slaves.

The Gage home was always a stop on the Underground Railroad. Chittenango native L. Frank Baum was Gage’s son-in-law and has a part in the opera.

The opera is directed by Victoria King, with projections by David Harper. Cast includes Danan Tsan, Laura Enslin, Juliane Price, Julia Ebner, Erik Angerhofer Gregory Sheppard, Jonathan Howell, chorus, and chamber ensemble.

Family Arts Day
Sunday, July 22, 1:00 PM–5:30 PM
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Stone Quarry Rd., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

1:00 pm: Poetry Round Robin led by Fayetteville poet David Hitchcock

2:00 pm: Writers Corner in the Music Room
Cheryl Reed is the author of Unveiled: the Hidden Lives of Nuns and the novel Poison Girls. Stephanie Storey is a novelist and speaker. Her debut novel, Oil and Marble: A novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo (Arcade) was released March 2016 and quickly became a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
Presented in collaboration with the Downtown Writers Center and Poets & Writers.

3:00 pm: Works completed by Young Composers Corner participants, performed by the Society All-Stars

4:00 pm: Sound Wandering III concert
Five groups of musicians performing a variety of new music at sculptural sites on the Art Park trail ending with a 5:15 grand finale at Hilltop House, followed by ice cream and lemonade.

past concerts

Rising Stars Concert
Wednesday, July 18, 12:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by young composers performed by prize-winning musicians, featuring CNYAMT Scholarship and piano competition winner Bradley Zell with composer Gregg Welcher; Sachin Shukla, viola/composer; Dominic Fiacco, organ, with composer Emmanuel Sikora.

Sunday, July 15, 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premiere of Chorale, a 2018 SNM commissioned work by Kevin Ernste, selections from Howard Boatwright's Choralbuch celebrating the centenary of his birth; plus former Israel winner Ryan Chase's Stargazer; Tonia Ko's Hum Phenomenon, 2017; and Mizzy Mazzoli's Still Life with Avalanche

Creation Celebration
Friday, July 13, 7:30 PM
Cazenovia First Methodist Church, Lincklaen St., Cazenovia
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, 12 and under free

An immersive arts event with poetry by David Hitchcock, lighting and visuals by Lorne Covington and Kevin Lucas, and music by Alex Stephenson (2017 Israel prize winner), Sam Pellman, Diane Jones, Mark Olivieri, Peter Allen, and Doug Quin.

Rising Stars Concert
Wednesday, July 11, 12:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by young composers performed by prize-winning musicians, plus the classics. Dominic Fiacco, piano, with composer Emmanuel Sikora; Charlie Loh, violin (CNYAMT and CMM Concerto Competition winner), with composer Mario Pietra; Adina Martin, soprano, with composer Alexandria Kemp.

Vision of Sound
Sunday, April 8, 4:00 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

New dance works by six Upstate composers collaborating with six regional choreographers, with electronics and video, performed by the Society All-Stars and regional dancers –- a feast of sight and sound.

Music by Peter Allen, Diane Jones, Sally Lamb McCune, Mark Olivieri, Octavio Vazquez, and Michael "Doc" Woods is paired with choreography by Paige Cummings, Christina D’Amico, Lynea D’Aprix, Molly Naef, Zachary Frazee, and Caitlyn Schrader.

Also performed at Nazareth College's Linehan Chapel on April 6 at 7:00 pm and at Hamilton College's Wellin Hall on April 7 at 7:30 pm.

Many Worlds
Friday, February 16, 7:30 PM
Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

Premiere of a commissioned work by Kevin Ernste, plus works by Stephen Ferre, Israel winner Simon Frisch, and Alex Burtzos, performed by the Society All-Stars.

Music from the Heart of New York
Saturday, February 3, 8:00 PM
Froehlich Hall, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart and William Smith campus, Geneva

Alex Freeman Blueshift, 2006;
Aristea Mellos Selections from Everything Flowing, 2018 (Premiere this version)
Mark Olivieri Tilt, 2015 (3rd performance)
Greg Wanamaker Out of Mind, Into Body, 2016 (4th performance)
Octavio Vazquez Zeitgeist, 2012

The Society All-Stars performers include Kelly Covert, flute; John Friedrichs, clarinet/bass clarinet; Ann McIntyre, violin; Lucas Button, cello; Rob Auler, piano; and Rob Bridge, percussion

Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage (with pre-concert lecture at 3:00)
Sunday, January 21, 4:00 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

Premiere of a new opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage, written by Persis Parshall Vehar with a libretto by Gabrielle Vehar.

Stage Director: Victoria King
Set Design: David Harper
Costumes: Jody Luce
Lighting: Bob Dwyer
Stage Manager: Amy Doherty
Conductor: Heather Buchman
Musical Director: Sar Shalom Strong
Producer: Neva Pilgrim
Chorus Director: Richard Fields

Matilda Joslyn Gage: Danan Tsan
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Laura Enslin
Susan B. Anthony: Juliane Price
Frederick Douglass & John, runaway slave: Gregory Sheppard
Dr. Electa Thomas: Jennifer Stevens
Dr. Isaiah Thomas: Jonathan Howell
Maud Baum: Julia Ebner
L. Frank Baum: Steve Stull
Chorus: Kelli Wright, Carole Brzozowski, Gayle Ross, Sue Fields, Carol Rothbart, Richard Fields, Richard Pilgrim, Mike Chellis, David Hitchcock, Dan Williams

Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage was commissioned by the Society for New Music, part of a series of events marking the centennial of women's suffrage in New York State, continuing until 2020, a century after the ratification of the 19th amendment.

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