Interview with composer Donald Sosin following the premiere of his score for the iconic 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a collaborative presentation of Society for New Music, Syracuse International Film Festival, and LeMoyne College, on Oct. 20, 2017 at the Palace Theater in Syracuse. (Newhouse Grad student Jiayin Zhao) Performers were the Society All-Stars, Donald Sosin, Joanna Seaton, and the Colgate University Chamber Singers.
Charles Peck, Ferrous
Charles Peck was one of the 2016 Brian Israel Prize Honorable Mentions. Ferrous was performed in its entirety during SNM's Cazenovia Counterpoint festival in July 2017.
Vision of Sound: Place, 2017
Music: Gregory Wanamaker Out of Mind, Into Body, 2016 for bass clarinet (premiere)
Choreography: Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell (in collaboration with SUNY Oswego dancers)
Music and video by Paul Leary, choreography by Rose Beauchamp
Excerpt from the Society for New Music's 2011 production of Eleanor Roosevelt, an opera by Persis Parshall Vehar based on the book and play by Rhoda Lerman, with libretto by Gabrielle Vehar, featuring Bridget Moriarty as Eleanor, Steven Stull as FDR, Lori Larson as Sarah, Jonathan Howell as Major Duckworth, and Phil Eisenman as Uncle Teddy.
Ed Ruchalski, composer; Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell, choreographer
Excerpt from Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Excerpt from Act 1 Scene 1 of the Society for New Music's 2009 production of Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, starring Gina Manziello as Frida Kahlo, with Bridget Moriarty as the mother and Phi Tran, dancer.
Excerpt from Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Excerpt from Act 1 Scene 5 of the Society for New Music's 2009 production of Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, starring Gina Manziello as Frida Kahlo and Jonathan M. as Diego Rivera, with Laura Enslin and Jonathan Howell.
hear society for new music
Download .mp3 excerpts from two Society commissioned pieces:
Rob Deemer Cantos, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon Jácaras, Gregory Wanamaker A Story Within a Story, Zhou Tian Morning After the Deluge, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann Whistling Vessels, "Doctuh" Mike Woods Libations, Mark Olivieri Stress Test
"Two hours of glittering material on this album shows the great power of selected authors in the performance of this multi-faceted collective, which is in the first place a real-life balance, and not what the whole world sees from American films and Hollywood's bedding." -- Terapija.net (Croatia)
"Music Here & Now brings the new music field—often accused of and viewed as obtuse and elitist—into the purview of the more adventurous listener, of which there are more and more. The focus is on the emotional heart of the music with results that should please those reluctant to endorse new music along with its longtime fans. Urban hubs like Brooklyn, Chicago and San Francisco have long been seen as incubators of creative cross-pollination, but since 1971, the Society for New Music has been making the case that cultural and artistic collision and germination can happen away from the city lights. With the release of Music Here & Now—their fourth album on innova Recordings—once again shows that new music is alive and well in the heart of New York State." -- Anya Wassenberg
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Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez ...[and of course Henry the Horse] dances the..., Edward Ruchalski Winter Light, Marc Mellits Platter of Discontent, Nicolas Scherzinger Fractured Mirrors, Sally Lamb Subito, Robert Morris Society Sound, Dan Trueman Triptick
Innova 616, 2005 $35 for the boxed set of 5 CDs with booklet
30 years of commissioned works by regional composers
"The performances of these terrific pieces are superb - definitive." -- David Liptak, Chair of Composition, Eastman School of Music
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CD 1: Steve Stucky Sappho Fragments, Brian Israel String Quartet No. 2, Elizabeth Alexander My Aunt Gives Me a Clarinet Lesson, Robert Keefe Riff, Variations on a Gershwin Tune (or two)
CD 2: Christopher Rouse Surma Ritornelli, Robert Palmer Carmina Amoris, Earl George Arioso, Daniel S. Godfrey Scrimshaw & Festoons, Joseph Downing Partita VI, Malcolm Lewis 3 Etudes, Dana Wilson Dancing with the Devil
CD 3: Melinda Wagner Sextet, Harris Lindenfeld from the Grotte des Combarelles, Christopher Hopkins Sonatas in Dark to Light, Ron Caltabiano Clarinet Quartet, Ann Silsbee Wakings, Howard Boatwright Adoration & Longing
CD 4: David Liptak Rhapsodies, Roberto Sierra Cronicas del discubrimiento, Richard Wernick A Poison Tree, Sam Pellman Crane Songs, Augusta Read Thomas Bells Ring Summer, 2 Etudes, Ping Jin Yangtze! Yangtze!
CD 5: James Willey Society Music, Nicholas D’Angelo Some Summer Sun, Syd Hodkinson Epitaph & Scherzo, Dexter Morrill Six Dark Questions, Liu Zhuang Wind Through Pines, Rob Smith Dance Mix
"... thank you for the beautiful and impressive CD of American Music! WOW! It is stunning! I am so honored to be a part of it and send you all my heartfelt thanks!"-- Augusta Read Thomas, Mead Composer-in-Residence, Chicago Symphony; Wyatt Professor of Music Composition, Northwestern University School of Music
"Congratulations on the astonishing history of accomplishment and commitment to new music. I have been an admirer of the Society for New Music for a long time." -- Litchfield, CT composer
"... very nice collection, full of small gems you are unlikely to hear in a concert hall near you." -- Francois Couture, Writer, journalist (All-Music Guide), producer of Delire Actuel which is broadcast on CFLX 95.5 FM in Sherbrooke, Quebec
Pinocchio's Adventure in Funland & Beauty and the Beast
Innova 636, 2005, $15
Michael Gandolfi: Pinocchio's Adventures in Funland (1999)
R. Murray Schafer: Beauty and the Beast (1979)
Pinocchio's Adventure in Funland, composed by Michael Gandolfi, is a retelling, for chamber orchestra and narrator, of a few of the many adventures of Carlo Collodi's manic marionette. The piece consists of 15 short scenes that are designed to entertain and educate young audiences by introducing them to the riches of concert music. It was commissioned by the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center for its Musicmakers Telling Tales series, and had its premiere at the Merkin Hall in NYC in April 1999.
Beauty and the Beast, an opera for solo voice, masks, and string quartet, was written in 1979 to a libretto by the composer, R. Murray Schafer, and intended for incorporation into Partita 3, which consists of a large number of short works. Partita 3 was created for presentation in an open-air environment as a kind of carnival or fair, with the audience free to move among the attractions.
Hear the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner -- Melinda Wagner's Sextet, a Society commissioned work! The recording also includes David Liptak Rhapsodies, Jim Willey Society Music, Ron Caltabiano Torched Liberty,
Harris Lindenfeld from the Grotte des Combarelle
Performed by Walden Bass, Ron Caltabiano, Ed Castilano, George Coble, Kit Dodd, John Friedrichs, Dmitri Gerikh, Dan Godfrey, Linda Greene, Eric Gustafson, Bill Harris, Steven Heyman, Larry Luttinger, George Macero, Edward Murray, Neva Pilgrim, Vladimir Pritsker, Barbara Rabin, Donna Resue and Kevin Schempf. Cover art by Diana Godfrey.
"...this disc is highly recommended." -- American Record Guide
Neva Pilgrim Sings Music of Ernst Krenek, Richard Wernick, George Rochberg, R. Murray Schafer
CRI, 1999, $15
Ernst Krenek: Trois Chansons (Three Verhaeren Songs), Op. 30a (1924)
Richard Wernick: Haiku of Basho (1967)
George Rochberg: Songs in Praise of Krishna (1970)
Ernst Krenek: Zwei Zeitlieder, Op. 215 (1972)
R. Murray Schafer: Requiems for the Party Girl (1966)
Composer Richard Wernick said of Neva Pilgrim, soprano: "Neva has performed with dozens of groups and dozens of conductors at a huge number of venues and recorded for a large array of record labels. She has commissioned a remarkable amount of music of every possible stylistic persuasion, and has been a staunch supporter of young and unknown composers. ...She helped to found the Syracuse Society for New Music, without question one of the most active contemporary scenes in the country. The Society is now more than a quarter of a century old, and Neva has been the driving force of that organization for most of that time. Bravissima, Neva!"