Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

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

Philip Glass Madeira River, 1999
Steve Reich Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ, 1973
Marc Mellits Gravity, 2013
Olivia Kieffer Play the Robot, 2019

Performed by Steph Andrew, Rob Bridge, Laura Enslin, Jon Lee, Ashley Lioto, Marc Mellits, Leff Moore, Corrie Raulli, Julia Ross, Andrea Scheibel, and Jennifer Vacanti.

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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 -- Maya June Dwyer, Dominique Dawkins, Lynea D'Aprix, Cheryl Johnson, Kelly Johnson, and Zoe Walders. The new works will be performed by nationally renowned dancers and the Society Players: Rob Auler, Ann McIntyre, Zachary Sweet, and Ken Meyer.

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

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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.

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past concerts

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


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.


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

Douglas Quin Razorback Soundscape, 2011
Tania Leon Arenas d'un Tiempo, 1992 for clarinet, cello, piano
Ryan Chase Preludes for a silent world, 2015
Brent Michael Davids Sanctus: Singing for Power, 2017
Roberto Sierra Near to the end, 2019
Douglas Quin 64º 49' S 64º 02' W, 2009

Performed by Kelly Covert, flute/piccolo; Laura Bossert, violin; John Friedrichs, clarinet/bass clarinet; Greg Wood, cello; Sar Shalom Strong, piano; Andrea Scheibel, percussion; Heather Buchman, conductor; Neva Pilgrim, narrator; Tyme Baez, conductor; Jessica King, bassoon; and singers Stephanie Andrew, Kat Skafidas, Carol Rothwell, Andrea Scheibel, William Strom, Arthur Lewis, Dan Williams, Ross Chua, Josh Coles

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


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.


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