The Dream Unfinished

Dream Unfinished Flier

I’m pleased to be performing in the orchestra for The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit For Civil Rights.

The Dream Unfinished is a gathering of orchestral musicians, and nationally prominent artists and figures, who will join the chorus of calls for civil rights, social justice, and an end to systemic racism. With fiscal sponsorship from arts-and-humanitarian-aid organization Beats, Rhymes, & Relief, proceeds from the concert will go to the Center for Constitutional Rights, Justice League NYC, the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, and MusicKitchen-Food for the Soul. The concert will be held at Centennial Memorial Temple, located steps away from Union Square, and take place on July 17, a year following the death of Eric Garner, who was one in a string of deaths of unarmed African-American men which exploded onto the news in 2014. Speakers include the Center for Constitutional Rights’ director Vince Warren, Broadway performer Tanya Birl, MSN National Correspondent Joy Reid, and activist Erica Garner.

The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit For Civil Rights
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 7:30pm-10:30pm
The Salvation Army’s Centennial Memorial Temple
120 W 14th St New York, NY
General Admission: $25
http://thedreamunfinished.org

Program:
William Grant Still — Out Of The Silence
Leonard Bernstein — Jeremiah Symphony (Mvt.1)
William Grant Still — Poem for Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein — Pas De Deux, from On the Town
Jessie Montgomery — World Premiere*
Leonard Bernstein — On the Waterfront
William Grant Still — Weeping Angel (Grief)
William Grant Still — Plain-Chant for America

NTQ recording

NTQ recording

Last week NTQ headed into the studio to record half of our debut album! We’re very excited to share some of the great music we’ve been working on, so stay tuned.

RWO: Manifesto on the Ledge

RWO Manifesto on the Ledge

This weekend I’ll be premiering Anna Meador’s Manifesto on the Ledge with Rhymes With Opera. RWO is always a blast to play with and I’m really excited for this production. Join us:

RWO premieres Manifesto on the Ledge
124 Bank Street Theatre – 124 Bank St., New York, NY
Friday, 8pm – *I won’t be playing this performance
Saturday, 8pm
Sunday, 2pm

Tickets ($20) and info here: http://www.rhymeswithopera.org/14-15-season/manifesto-on-the-ledge/
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569839956614942/

Program:
Frederic Rzewski: Attica (Coming Together, Part Two)
Matthew Triplett: I Promise To Be Good
Anna Meadors, text by John Paul Carillo: Manifesto On The Ledge (World Premiere, RWO Commission)

NTQ at Spectrum

NTQ at Spectrum 2015

New Thread had a blast playing at Spectrum NYC last Friday on Richard Carrick’s Friday Night Loud series. Our program will included two of NTQ’s latest commissions: Luke Schwartz’s Open Link in New Tab for electric guitar & saxophone quartet and Pat Muchmore’s Hyperoperator3 for two tenor and two baritone saxophones.

Stayed tuned for video. In the meantime, maybe you’d like to check out some NTQ recordings or join our mailing list? Head over to http://www.newthreadquartet.com/.

Two Shows in Boston

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I’m braving the weather and heading up to Boston for two cool shows:

New Thread Quartet premiere’s Kathryn Salfelder’s “Stolen From Above” on her DMA recital.
FREE
Sat, Feb 28 @ 8pm
New England Conservatory, Brown Hall
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Ok, this one’s just outside of Boston:
RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 8
“Love, For Now”, a recital exploring love (and madness) in modern times with soprano Elisabeth Halliday and cellist Rachel Gawell. A reception will follow the concert.
$20 suggested donation
Sun, Mar 8 @ 2pm
Follen Church Sanctuary
755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

Program:
Amy Beth Kirsten: Fire Balloon
Ryan Jesperson: Ephemeral Moments
Richard Cameron-Wolfe: MeMarie
Juan María Solare: three duets from the cycle Railway
Adam Knauss: A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day: History of a Date (premier)

Premiere of Hjertmann’s Sunstruck

New Thread Quartet is excited to share our premiere performance of Ben Hjertmann’s Sunstruck! This commission resulted in a wonderful 30 minute piece that makes use of vibrant chords, microtones, and multiple vibrato techniques in a varied soundscape.

To learn more about Sunstruck, watch our pre-performance chat with Ben:

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/sunstruck/