[ Composer's Voice ]
Composer's Voice Concert

September 25, 2011
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York
New York
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame Beth Griffith, soprano 15 pieces 15 composers 15 Minutes Plus a special encore presentation of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame Shiau-uen Ding, piano


Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Beth Griffith
1. Daniel Goode

2. Koka Nikoladze

3. Justin Henry Rubin

4. Naftali Schindler

5. William Vollinger

6. Andrew Walters

7. Paolo Longo

8. Pamela Madsen

9. David Drexler

10. Brandon J Rolle

11. Christopher Danforth

12. Luis Menacho

13. Abraham Fabella

14. Pamela J. Marshall

15. Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

Beth Griffith, soprano
un petit endroit tres profond a l'interieur de Dante
Joel Hoffman

Shiau-uen Ding, piano
Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Shiau-uen Ding
1. Emma Lou Diemer

2. Carson P. Cooman

3. David Morneau

4. Bob Siebert

5. Arthur Gottschalk

6. Tsen-Fang Lin

7. Roger Blanc

8. Eugene Marlow

9. Alexandre F. Travassos

10. Ian Assersohn

11. Alon Nechushtan

12. Edward Ruchalski

13. Scott Brickman

14. Eberhard Eyser

15. Moritz Eggert

Shiau-uen Ding, piano


Shiau-uen Ding

A native of Taiwan, pianist Shiau-uen Ding is a rising presence on the new and electro-acoustic music scenes, and an original and energetic performer of traditional solo and chamber repertoire. She studied piano with Eugene Pridonoff, Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Lina Yeh, computer music with Mara Helmuth and Christopher Bailey, and contemporary improvisation with Alan Bern at National Taiwan Normal University and University of Cincinnati, where she received her doctoral degree. She lives in New York City. She has performed in France, Germany, Belgium, China, and throughout the US and Taiwan. Her virtuosic and sensitive interpretations have won standing ovations. She was called a "daredevil" by the New York Times for her performance at Bang on a Can Marathon and "a powerful force on the new music scene" by Array for her performance at Spark Festival in Minneapolis. She has collaborated with internationally renowned performers and composers, including Steve Reich, Michael Kugel, George Tsontakis, who refers to her performance of his Ghost Variations as a "monster performance," and Moritz Eggert, who dedicated his Hämmerklavier XIX: Hymnen der Welt (Afghanistan bis Zimbabwe) to her. She has recorded for Capstone, Centaur, Innova and Electric Music Collective.

Beth Griffith

Beth Griffith (soprano) has appeared with Sequentia, Musikfabrik, Ensemble13, L'Art pour L'Art, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Paris Nouvel Orchestra Philharmonique and has worked with composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, Mauricio Kagel and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Her one-hour, solo recording of Feldman's "Three Voices" was awarded the German Record Critics Prize. Since her European debut in Mauricio Kagel's solo theater piece Phonophonie in 1978, the demand for Beth Griffth as soloist has taken her to such important music festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, Cologne Triennale, Wien Modern, Numus Festival, RIAC, Donaueschingen Musiktage, Darmstadt Summer Courses,Wittener Tage fur Neue Kammermusik, ISCM and New Music America. In addition, her acclaimed performance of Morton Feldman's Three Voices has been heard on numerous stages from Prague, Berlin, London, New York and in between. Recent invitations led her to Grahamstown, South Africa, Gent, s-Hertogenbosch, Cologne, Wiesbaden, Raleigh, North Carolina and here in New York with repertoire ranging from chamber works by Sorrell Hays, Dieter Schnebel, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Manos Tsangaris, solo works by John Cage, Alvin Curran, Morton Feldman, Noah Creshevsky, John McGuire, Mattricio Kagel and Rodney Waschka. "An extraordinary American soprano, Beth Griffith sang with a focus and presence (as she did everything) that held a listener at rapt attention. Griffith, a Texan, recently returned to the United States after a 20-year career in Germany. It is our good fortune" --Mark Swed Los Angeles Times "A real highlight of the festival was the exceptional singer Beth Griffith... Her vocal artistry surpasses the conventional with an incredibly wide gamut of tonal and expressive articulation... All this seems to happen in a kind of mystical atmosphere brought about by the unique performance of Beth Griffith, as singer and as human being." --Suzana Martinakova Literarny Tyzdennik Bratislava: "The piece that turned me to jelly, though, was A cappella, by John McGuire, recently resident in New York after decades in Cologne. With impassioned expressiveness, soprano Beth Griffith sang syncopated vowel sounds over a sparkling electronic background, medieval but vibrant in its contrapuntal austerity." --Kyle Gann The Village Voice

15 one-minute selections for Beth Griffith

15 one-minute selections for Shiau-uen Ding: Liszt Bicentennial Bash

Program Notes

Vox Novus launched its first official 15-Minutes-of-Fame at the March 27, 2011 Composer’s Voice concert in New York City. Fifteen Minutes of Fame is a collection of one-minute acoustic works composed specifically for a specific performer or ensemble. Vox Novus places a call for scores and 15 pieces are chosen from the works submitted. The works are then premiered on the Composer Voice concert series.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame has received 557 submissions from 6 continents for our 2011 calls alone.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame is rapidly becoming one of the most stimulating vehicles for offering new opportunities to composers. Today’s concert presents the amazing soprano Beth Griffith premiering her very own Fifteen Minutes of Fame!

Only a performer as talented and daring as pianist Shiau-uen DIng could be paired with Beth. Shiau-uen will be performing an encore presentation of the March 27, 2011 concert.

Support from the Puffin Foundation "...continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people."

Vox Novus is a collective of composers, musicians, and music enthusiasts collaborating together to create, produce, promote, and enjoy the new music of today. Our members are from a variety of composers committed to the creation and dissemination of new music. Their music is of a variety of styles, aesthetics, and ideologies. Vox Novus produces and promotes new music. They are dedicated to contemporary music, the musicians who perform, and the composers that write the music of today. Their mission is to cultivate a music community and make their work available to the greater public.

Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk children free of charge.


Remarkable Theater Brigade

Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk children free of charge.

Remarkable Theater Brigade creates and produces new works including operas, orchestral pieces, ballets, musicals, and electro-acoustic works and co-produces the Composer's Voice Concert Series concerts. Remarkable Theater Brigade was founded in 2002 by Christian McLeer, Monica Harte, and Dan Jeselsohn.

Jan Hus Church

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Vox Novus

Vox Novus promotes contemporary music and its creators through concerts, recordings, publications, broadcasts, and online publicity. Vox Novus believes strongly in the intrinsic value of contemporary music, recognizing it as a force in the advancement of culture and art. Our goal is to keep music alive by strengthening the connection between composer and audience, providing greater exposure to new music.

Funding by

Puffin Foundation

Funding also provided by the Puffin Foundation, "...continuing the dialogue between art and lives of ordinary people."