Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

Invitational Regional Art Exhibit
Monday, July 6, 2020–Saturday, August 15, 2020,
Various venues, Cazenovia

The works in this year's Art Invitational will be on display throughout the Village in store windows, banks, and on a large screen in a window at Cazenovia Library. Artists include Carol Adamec, Peter Allen, Sherry Spann Allen, Constance Avery, Lydia Benscher, Linda Bigness, Dona Flaherty, Penny Santy, Eric Schutte, and Ken Stoneburg.


Young Composers Corner Online
Monday, July 6, 2020–Friday, July 10, 2020,
Online, Anywhere

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

This year's sessions will be led by Paul Leary, on the faculty at SUNY Oswego. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Completed works will be performed at an outdoor concert on July 22.


Plein Air Art Event
Saturday, July 18, 2020, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
Lorenzo Historic Site, Route 20, Cazenovia

Artists are invited to participate in an afternoon celebrating the arts en plein air. Artists must provide their own materials and equipment and maintain social distancing.

Those participating are invited to submit images of their art to SNM, Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce, and Caz Arts for display on their websites.

No registration required for this free event.

Event co-chaired by Bill Elkins & Judy Levins


Rising Stars Lunch Hour Program
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by young composers by prize-winning young musicians. Dominic Fiacco, piano; Rosee Head, violin; and Kaelem Michel, piano, perform works by Gregg Welcher and Emmanuel Sikora, plus the classics and American music.

To ensure that capacity stays within guidelines, there will be limited seating for this event with reservations needed. Email snm@societyfornewmusic.org to reserve. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Events will be videotaped and available on SNM's YouTube channel.


Writers' Corner
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 7:30 PM
TBD, Cazenovia

Phil Memmer and Georgia Popoff read from their latest books at this free event.

Memmer is the author of five books of poems, most recently Pantheon published by Lost Horse Press in 2019. Popoff's fourth poetry collection, Psychometry, was published by Tiger Bark Press late in 2019.

Presented in collaboration with the Downtown Writers Center, Syracuse.

Masks and social distancing will be required.


Rising Stars Pop-Up Concert and Young Composers Corner Performance
Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Lakeland Park Pavilion, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Music by Jason Cavanagh, Jonathan Mokry, and Ebun Oguntola performed by former Rising Star Gregg Welcher, piano; Greg Wood, cello; and Jon Mokry, bassoon; along with performances of music written during the Young Composers Corner.

Presented in conjunction with Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce.

Attendance at the park will be limited to 150. Masks and social distancing required. Events will be videotaped and available on SNM's YouTube channel.


Rising Stars Lunch Hour Program
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by young composers by prize-winning young musicians. Zachary Slade, piano; Vita Marie Dean, flute; and Dominic Fiacco, organ, perform works by Alexandria Kemp, Kevin Swenson, and Emmanuel Sikora, plus the classics and American music.

To ensure that capacity stays within guidelines, there will be limited seating for this event with reservations needed. Email snm@societyfornewmusic.org to reserve. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Events will be videotaped and available on SNM's YouTube channel.


Society Players
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Lakeland Park Pavilion, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Program includes the world premiere of Persis Vehar's String Quartet No. 3, "Nature Walk", along with music by Vincent Persichetti, Mark Summer, Augusta Read Thomas, and John Corigliano.

Attendance at the park will be limited to 150. Masks and social distancing required. Events will be videotaped and available on SNM's YouTube channel.


Socially Distanced Sound Worlds
Saturday, August 1, 2020–Sunday, August 2, 2020,
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Stone Quarry Rd., Cazenovia

Tramp the trails and experience Paradise in the Art Park. Paradise, an interactive sound installation of birds and animals around the world, is an SNM commissioned work co-created by Lorne Covington and Doug Quin. This will be the premiere of the portable version.


past concerts

Virtual Gala
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 5:00 PM
Online, Anywhere

Join us for the first ever VIRTUAL Gala Benefit for SNM! You can enjoy
* "live" performances by Society Players and composers
* clips of recent performances
* testimonials from former commissioned composers and Israel Prize winners
* toasts to the two outstanding artists/arts leaders receiving tributes: Diane Jones and Rose Viviano
* a sneak preview of coming events

Those attending are invited to dress up, or "dress down" by wearing something whimsical.

If you're interested in attending, please donate, then email snm@societyfornewmusic.org to receive a link to the online festivities. ($20 minimum to attend, $100 saints, $200 angels)


*POSTPONED* 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

New date TBD.

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.


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.


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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