October 13, 2013



Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Re-Imagining Debussy
Stephen Porter, piano

Fuyuyamaji (Mountain Path in Winter)
Erik Branch

Deuxième vocalise pour l'Albatros
Anne-Marie Turcotte

Granada Forever Echoes
Anna Aidinian

Le Tombeau du Piano
Giuseppe Lupis

Steven H. Markowitz

Painting III: Claude
Aurelio Scotto

Dustin Peters

Seduce us badly
Juan Maria Solare

Les blancs de poissons
Peter Reilich

Golliwogg's Leaf Rag
Remigio Coco

Re-Imagining Syrinx
Serban Nichifor
Prelude in A-flat Major
Cindi Hsu

James Soe Nyun

Après une Exécution
José Jesus de Azevedo Souza

Darren Wirth
Three Etudes
Caio Senna
Stephen Porter, piano

DOS CUADROS CAMPESTRES I. Yaraví santiagueño II. Fuego Sanjuanino
Marisol Gentile
Kenji Haba, guitar
Susan Davita Mandel, cello

El Sueño
Juan Maria Solare
Agueda Fernández-Abad, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano

Robert Voisey
Agueda Fernández-Abad, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano

Robert Voisey
Agueda Fernández-Abad, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano

Claudia Montero
Agueda Fernández-Abad, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano

Este Grave Daño
Claudia Montero
Agueda Fernández-Abad, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano

Claudia Montero
Agueda Fernández-Abad, soprano
Yumi Suehiro, piano


Agueda Fernández-Abad

Throughout her career, Agueda Fernández-Abad has performed operas and oratorios with the leading orchestras of Argentina, United States and Europe. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Leonor Hirsch de Von Buch Scholarship for three consecutive years to study with Ernst Haeffliger; Finalist/Special Honorary Mention in the Young Argentinean Soloist competition; "Promociones Musicales" Award; and the National Fund of Performing Arts Singer of the Year. She has work with the Florida Grand Opera, participating in several productions, including Carrmen for two seasons. Mrs. Fernandez Abad has offered diverse recitals in Germany, Italy and Spain, in venues such as the Palau de la Musica Valenciana , Radio Nacional de España, International Festival of Sacred Music. She also performed in several productions in the iconic Spanish style operetta known as zarzuela..

Kenji Haba

Kenji Haba is a guitarist who is exclusively sensitive to timbres in appreciating and expressing the beauty of guitar. Haba believes that the guitar is the perfect instrument to express his musical ideas because of its beautiful tones and its countless timbres. Recently, he has been focusing on impressionistic music, especially that of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Toru Takemitsu. In 2006, Haba began studying guitar under renowned guitarests Kevin R. Gallagher and Oren Fader. With his passion driving his learning ability, after one year of study he was accepted into Manhattan School of Music’s Master of Music program and there worked with Mark Delpriora.

Susan Davita Mandel

Cellist, Susan Davita Mandel performed the American debut of Robert Delanoff’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano at Weill Recital Hall as finalists of the AMTL Young Musicians concert series. Susan also collaborates with hip-hop, pop, rock, and jazz artists and has performed and recorded with Joey Contreras Music, Mason Jar Music, the Robbers on High Street, the Silent League, Vespertina, Capillary Action, and Danny Rivera Jazz Orchestra. She has performed at Webster Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, American Folk Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Glasslands Gallery, and Mercury Lounge. Recently, Susan was the featured cellist in Jihae and John Patrick Shanley’s opera “Fire Burning Rain” at the Highline Ballroom in NYC and the Not For Sale campaign event in San Francisco Bay Area.

Stephen Porter

In 2012, Stephen Porter was named artist-resident of the Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris, and invited to give recitals of the music of Claude Debussy during the composer’s 150th birthday year. His performances of the complete Piano Preludes of Debussy in Paris, in Sarajevo as featured soloist of the 8th Bosnia International Music Festival, and in the United States have been critically acclaimed as “masterful...everything is graceful and appropriate.” Mr. Porter was recently the guest on National Public Radio’s “Diane Rehm Show,” to discuss Debussy’s life and music. He has appeared as soloist at Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, the Rockefeller Foundation at Lake Como, the University of Rio de Janeiro, and LSO St. Luke’s with the Amadeus Orchestra of London.


Marisol Gentile

Composer Marisol Gentile has won national & international competitions including Prizes"Ciudad de Miramar", "Radio Clásica" & TRIMARG from Argentina, and twice the Premio Andrés Segovia from Spain). Her works have been premiered in Argentina and abroad. Her oeuvre includes pieces for solo instrument, chamber, orchestra, choir, electronics & mixed. Marisol also composes incidental music for theater and receives requests for scores from local and international soloist players, chamber groups and orchestras. She often works as arranger and orchestrator. As violist/violinist, and soprano singer she has participated in chamber groups and festivals performing classical and contemporary pieces in the series "Ciclo de Compositores Rosarinos"

Claudia Montero

Claudia Montero started her musical education in Alberto Ginastera Conservatory, Buenos Aires, graduating in Musical Pedagogy/Composition. She has worked with the most prestigious orchestras in Argentina, Spain and the rest of Europe. Founder of "Women in Art" Association in Valencia, her aim is the promotion and diffusion of works carried out by women, giving concerts and conferences in the Music Palau in Valencia. Her latest project, a Tribute to Alfonsina Storni, has had a great response internationally, in New York, Buenos Aires, Valencia and Bremen. She works with violinist Yi-Fang Huang creating the O2 Platform of Cultural Exchanges, with performances at "From the End of the World" in Taiwan, Argentina and South Africa.

Caio Senna

Prelúdio 21’s Caio Senna (São Paulo) holds a Ph.D. in Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently with Cité Internationale des Arts" in Paris His catalog of compositions containing two hundred works for the most varied instrumentations, with emphasis on vocal music and chamber music in unconventional formations. His piece for solo harpsichord, Delicate Convulsions, recorded by Rosana Lanzelotte, received special mention in the journal Veredas in 1999. In April 2000, the composer released his first CD, First Dialogue. In 2001, his work Pulsar, was ranked first in the National Competition Funarte Composition in String Orchestra. Since 2003 Caio Senna is a member of the group Preludio 21.

Juan Maria Solare

Juan Maria Solare, born 1966 in Argentina, works currently in Germany as composer, pianist (contemporary & tango) and teaching at the University of Bremen and at the Hochschule fuer Kuenste Bremen. His music has been performed in five continents. Twelve CDs of different performers include at least one piece of him. Juan Maria Solare premiered Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Modern Tangos in Bremen in 2012. www.JuanMariaSolare.com.

Robert Voisey

“The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm. He is always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to maintain the highest degree of project fever" -60x60: netsuke for the musical mind -- Richard Arnest, Sounding Board, Spring 2011. "With few opportunities and much competition, young composers show creativity in just getting heard." And in Chris Pasles's article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. Composing electroacoustic and chamber music, his aesthetic oscillates from the romantic to Post Modern Mash-Up. His work has been performed in venues throughout the world including: Carnegie Hall, World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium, and Stratford Circus in London.

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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.