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The Real Thing: Composer John Liberatore draws on his CNY roots to achieve national success

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Review: Strawberry Fields adds a touch of Central Park, and John Lennon's imagination, to Cazenovia

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Congratulations to the 2015 Brian Israel Award Winners

A big congratulations goes to Alex Burtzos, winner of the 2015 Brian Israel Award for his work The Outlaw in the Gilded Age. Works by New York City-based Burtzos have been performed across the United States and Europe. Burtzos's music takes as its basis and provides commentary on a diverse array of subject matter, from early colonial history (A Country of Vast Designs) to recent events (12.14.12), from Shakespeare's tragedies (Teach the Torches to Burn Bright) to naughty text messages (>; ) SXTG).

The New York Federation of Music Clubs Brian Israel prize goes to Scott Etan Feiner for Toccatas & Interludes, for prepared piano four-hands. There were two Honorable Mentions, whose music will be performed on the Society's upcoming season: Bin David Li for his Fuzhou 1860, for violin and piano, and J. P. Redmond for his Northeastern Sonata for solo piano.

Pianist and composer Scott Etan Feiner (b. 1997) has studied composition with Dr. Ira Taxin at Juilliard and privately with Adam Guettel. He won the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award and was a YoungArts winner in 2015, and also a winner of the Tribeca Young Composer Competition, Society for Chamber Music in Rochester Competition, and the Juventas New Music Ensemble Call for Scores in 2013. His music has been performed by the Lumina String Quartet in their 2012, 2013, and 2014 Chamber Music Festivals in Stamford and Norwalk, CT. He attended Juilliard Pre-College in composition from 2011 to 2015 and will be attending Yale this fall. He is a 2015 graduate of Roslyn High School.

Bin Li (b. 1987) is from Fuzhou, China, an Indiana University graduate, is now based in NYC. His music has been performed internationally at festivals and venues such as Aspen, Finland, Quebec, Berlin, Indonesia, Italy, France, Bowling Green, and more. Among his prizes are Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Cortona, Jacobs School of Music Dean's Prize, ASCAP and BMI.

J.P. Redmond (b. 1999) lives in Yonkers, studies piano with Ann Schein, and composition at Concordia Conservatory with Matt Van Brink, as well as with his uncle, jazz bassist/composer John Patitucci. He is a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in composition. Among his other awards are ASCAP, Jack Kent Cooke, NYSSMA, NAfME, and NFMC, and he has been featured on NPR's "From the Top." He'll study at the Curtis Institute this summer.

The Society for New Music and the New York Federation of Music Clubs sponsor the annual Brian M. Israel Competition open to composers living in New York State who are 30 years of age or younger as of May 1, whose music has not previously been performed by the Society.

Brian Israel, 1951-1986, a pianist, composer, and conductor who performed with the Society for New Music for many years, received his MFA and DMA degrees from Cornell University. A native of the Bronx, he studied with Lawrence Widdoes, Ulysses Kay, Robert Palmer, Burrill Phillips and Karel Husa. He joined the Syracuse University School of Music faculty upon completion of his graduate studies, and remained there until his untimely death from leukemia at age 35.


Society News, January 2015

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Cazenovia Counterpoint captures art in nature

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Catch a Rising Star at Cazenovia Counterpoint

This season's Cazenovia Counterpoint features Rising Stars concerts (July 15 and 22), in which works written by up-and-coming composers are premiered by high-school age musicians, all prize-winners of local, regional and state-wide competitions.

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Recording of piece performed live on September concert reviewed By NY Times

Review from the New York Times. A portion of this piece was performed live by Robert Auler on the September "Upstate Treasures" concert.

Jonathan Pieslak: "Shards: Piano Music of Jonathan Pieslak"
Robert Auler, pianist
(Albany Records)
This beautiful recording of the piano music of Jonathan Pieslak, played with extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression by the pianist Robert Auler, spans extremes. There is "Bhakti (1), Unburdening," a meditation for piano and recorded chanting, and there's "Prednisomnia," a musical take on the jittery anxiety induced by steroids. But what comes through in the title track and in the 11 movements that make up "American Atmospheres" is above all an assured, instantly communicative musical language, fluidly and lovingly rendered by Mr. Auler. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)


Sound Perspectives East and West: A Society for New Music video

Sound Perspectives East and West: A Society for New Music Event from Stanley M. Kaminsky on Vimeo. On Sunday, November 2, 2014, in Syracuse University's Hendricks Chapel, the Society for New Music hosted an event called "Sound Perspectives East and West." The event brought together the work of several composers and video artists, including Dan Asia, Rob Deemer, Zhou Long, Zhou Tian, Guo Wenjing, Courtney Rile, Doug Quin, and Lorne Covington.


Making Art Work: Travis Newton's interview of Neva Pilgrim

On Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, Travis Newton's guest on WCNY's "Making Art Work" was Neva Pilgrim, host and producer of WCNY Classic FM's "Fresh Ink." She is a noted soprano, voice teacher and artist-in-residence at Colgate University. Neva is a longtime performer and supporter of new music, and a founding member of the Society for New Music, with which she continues to be very active. Neva and Travis discussed the important role of the Society for New Music in the community, tips for grant writing, and much more. Listen to the podcast in iTunes.

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