Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

Vision of Sound: (making) Place
Sunday, February 26, 3:00 PM
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center, Hamilton College, Clinton

Music for dance, live electronics, and video composed by Paul Leary, Sam Pellman, Mark Olivieri, Stephen Ferre, Octavio Vazquez, and Gregory Wanamaker, in collaboration with some of Upstate NY's finest choreographers, including Brandon Ellis, Rose Pasquarella Beauchamp, Nanako Horikawa, Edward Murphy, Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell, and Kaitley Wozer, and performed by Rob Auler, piano; John Friedrichs, clarinet; Ahreum Kim, violin; and Jennifer Vaughn, cello; and dancers from across Upstate New York.

Part of Syracuse Symposium’s year-long series on Place.


Society Music
Sunday, March 19, 2:30 PM
St. Paul's Cathedral, 310 Montgomery St., Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 seniors/students, $30 max family, ages 12 and under free

Recent works by former SNM commissioned composers, now internationally renowned: Daniel S. Godfrey, Christopher Hopkins, Christopher Rouse, Roberto Sierra, and Melinda Wagner.


past concerts

Vision of Sound: (making) Place
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 PM
Waterman Theater, SUNY Oswego, Oswego

Music for dance, live electronics, and video composed by Paul Leary, Sam Pellman, Mark Olivieri, Stephen Ferre, Octavio Vazquez, and Gregory Wanamaker, in collaboration with some of Upstate NY's finest choreographers, including Brandon Ellis, Rose Pasquarella Beauchamp, Nanako Horikawa, Edward Murphy, Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell, and Kaitley Wozer, and performed by Rob Auler, piano; John Friedrichs, clarinet; Ahreum Kim, violin; and Jennifer Vaughn, cello; and dancers from across Upstate New York.

Part of Syracuse Symposium’s year-long series on Place.


Vision of Sound: (making) Place
Friday, February 17, 7:30 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 seniors/students, $30 max family, $5 dance students, SU students and faculty free with ID, ages 12 and under free

Music for dance, live electronics, and video composed by Paul Leary, Sam Pellman, Mark Olivieri, Stephen Ferre, Octavio Vazquez, and Gregory Wanamaker, in collaboration with some of Upstate NY's finest choreographers, including Brandon Ellis, Rose Pasquarella Beauchamp, Nanako Horikawa, Edward Murphy, Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell, and Kaitley Wozer, and performed by Rob Auler, piano; John Friedrichs, clarinet; Ahreum Kim, violin; and Jennifer Vaughn, cello; and dancers from across Upstate New York.

Part of Syracuse Symposium’s year-long series on Place.


Music Here & Now
Sunday, January 22, 2:30 PM
Hosmer Auditorium, Everson Museum, Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 seniors/students, $30 max family, ages 12 and under free

Music by Brian Israel Prize-winners Ryan Chase, repeat a lie often enough, and Kaito Nakahori, Zero, plus Patrick Castillo's To Hear You Tell It, Stephen Ferre's Labyrinth (an SNM commission), Charles Fussell's Fünf Goethe Lieder, and Kevin Ames' L'Envoi.

Performers include Janet Brown, soprano; Bridget Moriarty, soprano' Kelly Covert, flute/piccolo; John Friedrichs, clarinet; John Raschella, trumpet; Tyler Ogilvie, French horn; Ahreum Kim, violin; Edgar Tumajyan, violin; Arvilla Rovit, viola; Jennifer Vaughn, cello; Rob Bridge, percussion; and Sar Shalom Strong, piano; conducted by Heather Buchman.


Music by Rising Stars
Monday, December 19, 7:00 PM
Syracuse Stage Sutton Pavilion, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
Tickets: Free

Nicholas Cantello (b. 1998) Trio, 2016 for 2 trumpets and horn (premiere)
Anna Muench The General, 2016 for solo bass (premiere)
Sachin Shukla (b. 1999) Vault, 2016 for violin (2nd performance)
Charles Van Tassel (b. 1995) Epilogue, 2014 for solo cello (2nd performance)
Nicholas Cantello Romanza, 2016 for solo flute (premiere)
Sachin Shukla Prose, 2016 for viola (premiere)
Gregg Welcher (b. 1997) Process, 2016 for flute, clarinet, and piano (premiere)
Mario Charles Pietra Portentum, 2016 (2nd performance)

Nicholas Cantello attends West Genesee High School, Anna Muench and Sachin Shukla attend Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Gregg Welcher is a graduate of Baldwinsville High School attending SUNY-Purchase, Charles
Van Tassel is an undergraduate at Syracuse University, and Mario Pietra is a graduate student at S.U.

Program curated by Sachin Shukla, SNM's high school board representative.

Performers include musicians from the Syracuse Youth Orchestra and the Society for New Music, including Nicholas Cantello, horn; Kelly Covert, flute; Shelby Dems, violin; Aaron DuBois, trumpet; John Friedrichs, clarinet; Kyle Jones, trumpet; Hannah Kang, violin; Anna Muench, double bass; Julia Musengo, flute; Lydia Parkington, cello; Sachin Shukla, piano and viola; Gregg Welcher, piano; and Irene Yee, cello.


The Classical Style
Thursday, November 10, 7:30 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 seniors/students, $30 max family, ages 12 and under free

Fully staged opera buffa with chamber orchestra, composed in 2014 by Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stucky with a libretto by MacArthur genius awardee Jeremy Denk.

An affectionate, satirical look at the cult of Classical music. The curtain rises on Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn playing Scrabble in heaven; a I chord, a IV chord, and a V chord walk into a bar and discuss their "relationships;" and the great classical masters return to earth in search of musicologist Charles Rosen to find out how their music is doing on earth and the state of classical music in the 21st century.

Cast includes Janet Brown, Julia Ebner, Danan Tsan, Jonathan Howell, Dan Fields, Steven Stull, David Neal, Eric Johnson, Sasha Turner, Margaret Hoeschele, Sean Jordan, Sean Jordan.

Conductor Heather Buchman, director Victoria King, set designer David Harper.


Music for Silent Film: Blackmail!
Thursday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Palace Theater, Eastwood, 2384 James St., Syracuse
Tickets: Season ticket or $25 at the door

The Syracuse International Film Festival, Society for New Music, and LeMoyne College present Blackmail!, 1929, Hitchcock's last silent film, with the premiere of a film score by Syracuse native Erin O'Hara. Ensemble conducted by Travis Newton.

O'Hara: "With an ensemble of electric and acoustic instruments and voices, I will express the interior voice of our heroine, Alice, as she navigates her way through the all too common traps of a misogynist culture--sexual assault, survival, and the murky search for justice.”


Inuksuit: Music and Nature Remix
Sunday, September 25, 3:00 PM
Syracuse University Quad, Syracuse
Tickets: Free

Inuksuit by Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams, for 99 percussionists, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the premiere of SNM's commissioned Sound/Path/Field, a multimodal work by Bob Morris, part of S.U. Art & Music Histories' Music & Nature Conference, the beginning of ecomusicology.

The title of this ritualistic outdoor piece refers to a type of stone sentinel constructed by the Inuit over centuries in the expanses of the Arctic. Listeners discover their individual listening points as they, too, move freely during the performance in this site-specific piece.

Intergenerational percussionists from CNY, led by professionals, will perform on an incredible array of instruments, including Javanese gamelan, African, Native American and Indian drums, gongs, cymbals, shakers, conch shells, sirens, piccolos, ocarinas, glockenspiels, whirled tubes, and much more.

Presented in collaboration with Setnor School of Music, and S.U.'s departments of Religion, Geology, South Asian Studies, Art and Music Histories.

Rain location: Hendricks Chapel


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