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> Fifteen Minutes of Fame - Pamela Sklar, bass flute & Suzanne Mueller, cello
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The Flying Frenchman

The Flying Frenchman

Tchaikovsky wrote his 1812 Overture to commemorate the anniversary of Russia’s defense of its motherland against Napoleon’s invading army. The piece is famous for its climactic volley of cannon fire, and in the original score, Tchaikovsky substituted 16 Frenchmen for the cannonballs because, after 70 years, he still harbored a grudge against France. At the piece’s premiere in Moscow in 1882, Tchaikovsky himself played the cannons, but he was only able to fire off one francophone before an irate mayor of Paris and his city council stormed the stage and stopped the performance. Philippe Pringler, the star-crossed projectile, is now but an obscure footnote found in only two music history books. (Cf. The Flying Frenchman.)

David Gunn

David Gunn

Upcoming Performances

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Composer's Voice concert

Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Composer’s Voice presents Borderless, an international concert featuring music and performances by Tim Hansen, Nate Festinger, Jennifer Shaw, Felipe Salles, Tristan McKay, Madeline Jansen, Brandon Gianetto, Molly Aronson Dan Granda, Greg Mueller. Guest Curator: Masatora Goya

Composer's Voice concert
Sunday April 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
New York, New York 10021

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen Minutes of Fame with The Poné Ensemble celebrating their 40th Season - Past, Present, and Future

The Poné Ensemble selected 15 one-minute works to premiere on April 27, 2014 in New Paltz, New York for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame.

The Poné Ensemble for New Music is celebrating its 40th season in 2013-14. The Anniversary concert season, entitled “The Poné Ensemble @ 40: Past, Present, Future”, is a series of three concerts featuring works from key composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, culminating in a concert of new works for chamber ensemble.

The final concert ("Future") will be on April 27, 2014 and will feature composers under the age of 50 (basically composers born and coming of age during the life thus far of the ensemble). This Fifteen Minutes of Fame will be featured on the “Future” concert.

Composers selected for fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with The Poné Ensemble include:
Inception by David Bohn,
Jubilee by Scott Brickman,
Splash by Andrew Bukowski,
Contra Punctum by Chris Cresswell,
Skola Exiguous Caper by Elizabeth Davis,
Quartet for the Beginning of Time by José Jesusde Azevedo Souza,
Dream Fragment by Anthony Donofrio,
Encounter 1 by Fermino Gomes,
Der Struwwelpeter by Nathan R. Johnson,
Au commencement, le crépescule... by Martin Loridan,
Love’s Like The Measles by Gene Pritsker,
Self Portrait 1854 by Edward Ruchalski,
copy-pasting myself to death by Joaquin Mendoza Sebastián,
Hudson Valley by Juan Maria Solare, and
Inquiry by Frederick Alden Terry

Along with these works, we will have 4 other world premieres: David Mecionis: Obstinate Duet for Flute and Clarinet Eric Roth: Recercare for Violin and Cello Brian Wery: String Quartet Michael Vincent Waller: Rifiuto for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin 1 &2, Viola, Cello

Fifteen Minutes of Fame with The Poné Ensemble
Sunday April 27 at 3:00 PM
Methodist Church
1 Grove Street, New Paltz
New Paltz, New York 12561
General $15
Seniors $12
Students Free

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Announcing results for Fifteen Minutes of Fame with
Maksim Velichkin - Homage to Bach

Vox Novus called for one-minute pieces for solo cello dedicated to Maksim Velichkin with a theme of an Homage to Bach.

Receiving close to 100 submissions, the first set of 15 works of this unique call will be premiered by Maksim Velichkin at The Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale California on Sunday May 4 at 2pm.

Stay tuned to further selections of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame for this call and future performances by Maksim Velichkin on the Music@Mimoda series in Los Angeles.

Maksim Velichkin

The theme of this Fifteen Minutes of Fame is an Homage to Bach; works submitted are based on, developed from, and otherwise related to the pitches BACH. This shall serve as a uniting factor for all the compositions.

Maksim Velichkin has been active as a solo performer, chamber and orchestra musician, both locally and throughout the world. Mr.Velichkin has appeared as a soloist with Uzbekistan National Symphony, Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, American Youth Symphony, as well as Torrance, Westchester, Southeast and Bellflower orchestras. He has toured extensively to Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia with the prestigious Verbier Chamber and Verbier Festival Symphony Orchestras.

Selected composers for Fifteen Minutes of Fame include:
Valentine to Bach by Adrienne Albert ,
Fleeting Glance by Peter Birkby ,
Fragments on B-A-C-H by George. N. Gianopoulos,
B-A-C-H: When Johann Met Anton by Elliott Goldkind,
towards B-A-C-H by Rocco Harris ,
Bach Straight and Mixed by Matthew Hetz ,
Homage to Bach by Dmitry Kitsenko,
BOX GIGUE by Veronika Krausas,
Valse Triste by Mark Robson,
B. W. Bach by Warren Sherk,
Scion of Eisenach by Samuel Stokes,
BACH by William Toutant,
Definitely Not Bach by Blair Whittington,
Homage to BACH by Christopher M. Wicks, and
Each Age Fades but Bach by Carol Worthey

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Pamela Sklar, bass flute & Suzanne Mueller, cello

Deadline: May 9, 2014

Vox Novus is calling for one-minute duets composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Pamela Sklar, bass flute, & Suzanne Mueller, cello to be premiered on November 9, 2014 for the Composer’s Voice concert Series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City. Pieces should be for bass flute & cello duet only. No solos. The call 'theme' is meditative, peaceful, soulful and magical music inspired by Native American cultures. Some ideas: vision quest, peace meeting, animal souls, the glory and majesty of open outdoor natural spaces- mountains, forests, plains, etc.

A published composer of chamber music, Pamela Sklar plays many styles of music and enjoys collaborating as a flutist and composer. Her duo for violin/bongos and cello was co-featured at Composers Concordance's Festival II, and her Spell 166 for five flutes & organ is included in Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts's special collection. Her performance credits include numerous tours as soloist with Claude Bolling, concerts with Dave Brubeck, TV performances with tenor Andrea Bocelli, orchestras for the GRAMMY Awards, recordings for jingles, major films and many artists including Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Paul Simon, and Aretha Franklin.

Cellist Suzanne Mueller has been Summer Concert Artist-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens in New York since 2003, presenting an eclectic series of concerts with various partners. She made her New York recital debut under the auspices of Artists International, as a member of the piano/cello Elysian Duo, and went on to perform as half of its successor, Elysian II, for ten years, before forming CROSS ISLAND with pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas. She also performs with \flutist Pamela Sklar as Cambiata Flute & Cello Duo. She enjoys collaboration with composers, which has led to her being a frequent performer on the Composer’s Voice concert series, presenting new music by living composers.

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