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> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - call for works for violin solos
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The Typewriter

The Typewriter

“The Typewriter,” a novelty orchestral piece written by Leroy Anderson, calls for a percussionist to play a modified typewriter with but two working keys. However, Irwin Dinklaker, President of Pringler Typewriters, to whom the piece was dedicated, begged Anderson to instead let him play his own machine in concert. The composer agreed, and on July 31, 1951, Dinklaker performed at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops conducted by Arthur Fiedler. Overshadowing the performance was the stream of consciousness text that Dinklaker typed. Linguists who later parsed the 812 words – typed in only a minute and forty-nine seconds! – determined it to be the earliest known example of written Klingon. Today, the typed page is reverentially housed at the Klingon Language Institute in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcoming Performances

Composer's Voice

Composer's Voice

Sunday, September 29, 2013 1:00 PM

Composer’s Voice Presents it’s 3rd Annual Children’s Month concert

Ths Composer’s Voice concert will feature Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Cross Island Trio, Suzanne Muller, cello; Sandy Tepper, clarinet; and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano including 15 one-minute pieces by 15 composers from around the world. This international collaboration will present the music of Kevin Holland, Steven Serpa, Bob Siebert, David Heuser, Benjamin Williams, Steven Kreamer, Masatora Goya, John Spartan & Libby Moyer, Helga Beier, Adam Giese, Ruben Toledo, Scott Brickman, Tim Labor, Dominic Dousa, and Alan Elkins.

The Annual Children’s Month concert is created to highlight the works of young composers. It is designed to explore the work of what our younger composers are writing today and to give them opportunities to have their works performed and heard by audiences. There will be performances of the works by Jesse Berman, Jason Ulysses DaSilva, Nuha Dolby, Moaz Mneimneh, Jimmy Pigott, J. P. Redmond, and Vrinda Trivedi.

With performances by Elisa Brown, Katarzyna Bryla, Hui-Chuan Chen, Alexandra Frederick, and Melissa Wimbish

Praised by The New York Times for her “stylish singing” and by The Boulder Daily Camera as “simply incredible…the highlight of the entire evening,” soprano Melissa Wimbish is quickly garnering recognition for her artistry, technical prowess, and captivating stage presence.

Soprano Elisa Brown has appeared at Carnegie Hall, and has performed extensively for The Zaraspe Foundation on behalf of UNESCO and other philanthropic organizations throughout the Americas and in Spain. Off-Broadway, she performed the lead role in the Italian Baroque-inspired Spirito e Core.

Poland’s brilliant young violinist Katarzyna Bryla has won first prizes in the National Children's Art Competition in Warsaw at the very young age of eight, National Violin Competition in Gdansk; National J. S. Bach competition in Zielona Gora where she was also awarded a special prize for the best performance of Bach, and the International Contemporary Music Competition in Warsaw.

Also included in this performance will be choreography from Gabriel Chajnik. Gabriel Chajnik is the choreographer and Director of TranscendanceGroup, a contemporary dance company based in New York and New Jersey under the mentorship of Juilliard faculty emeritus, Maestro Hector Zaraspe. Gabriel's choreography has been presented at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Alice Tully Hall; Clark Theater; The Juilliard Theater; The Manhattan School of Music; and George Street Playhouse.

Dancer Jessica Black was selected as the top ballet student of the year under the Jacques d'Amboise Award. As a scholarship recipient in the Alvin Ailey School’s Fellowship Program, Jessica was chosen to perform with the Alvin Ailey company in "Memoria" at New York City Center. Under the tutelage of the Master of Jazz, Luigi, Jessica was the first American to perform his work "Solitude" in several New York venues. Jessica has performed with Edgar Cortes Dance Theater, Ballets with a Twist, and Eglevsky Ballet.

Composer's Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their musical aesthetic and personal compositional "voice." Since it beginning in 2001 the Composer’s Voice concert series has presented more than 100 concerts.

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Composer’s Voice Concert
Sunday September 29, 2013 1:00PM
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York, New York

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Announcing Results For
Fifteen Minutes of Fame with the Crane Harp Ensemble

The Crane Harp Ensemble is from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music directed by Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis. The ensemble performs harp duos, trios, quartets, etc. and gives at least one formal concert each semester. The ensemble includes students as well as members of the surrounding Potsdam community. Vox Novus placed a call to collaborate with The Crane Harp Ensemble to present Fifteen Minutes of Fame at the Composer's Voice concert series in New York City on November 10th, 2013 at Jan Hus Church.

Composers selected for Fifteen Minutes of Fame with the Crane Harp Ensemble: Erik Branch, Inna Buganina, David Heinick, Elbert Liu, Martin Loridan, Roger May, Buck McDaniel, Michael Mikulka, Akmal Parwez, Robert Percy, Edward Ruchalski, Curtis Nathaniel Smith, Gregoria Karides Suchy, Christopher M. Wicks, and Farcry C. Zuke

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Land of Mystery and Trolls

Deadline: October 9, 2013

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute violin solos composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Iceland: Land of Mystery and Trolls with Eva Ingolf to be premiered on the Composer’s Voice concert February 9, 2014 at the Jan Hus Church, New York City. The theme for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame call is: Iceland: Land of Mystery and Trolls. The composers can interpret this creatively.

Eva Ingolf is a well known Icelandic violinist particularly recognized for her authoritative performances of solo works by J. S. Bach. She comes from a leading musical family and her father, Ingólfur Guðbrandsson, premiered many of the great choral works in Iceland and six of her sisters and brothers are professional musicians who have made an important contribution to the high quality of the musical life in the country. She began violin studies at a young age, gaining early recognition for outstanding musical talent, including the beautiful tone and artistic interpretation of her playing. After studying at the Conservatory of Reykjavík for 6 years, Eva left Iceland to study with some of Europe’s finest violin pedagogues. Her playing has been greatly influenced by the spirit of the Russian and East-European violin schools.

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