Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

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 and Kaito Nakahori, a new work by Patrick Castillo, Stephen Ferre's Labyrinth (premiere of SNM commissioned work), plus music by Charles Fussell and Kevin Ames.

Performers include Janet Brown, Kelly Covert, John Friedrichs, John Raschella, Tyler Ogilvie, Ahreum Kim, Edgar Tumajyan, Arvilla Rovit, Jennifer Vaughn, Rob Bridge, Sar Shalom Strong


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 by Stephen Ferre, Paul Leary, Mark Olivieri, Sam Pellman, and Gregory Wanamaker, collaborating with Upstate NY's finest choreographers, performed by nationally and internationally renowned dancers and musicians across Upstate.

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


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

Music for dance, live electronics, and video by Stephen Ferre, Paul Leary, Mark Olivieri, Sam Pellman, and Gregory Wanamaker, collaborating with Upstate NY's finest choreographers, performed by nationally and internationally renowned dancers and musicians across Upstate.


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 by Stephen Ferre, Paul Leary, Mark Olivieri, Sam Pellman, and Gregory Wanamaker, collaborating with Upstate NY's finest choreographers, performed by nationally and internationally renowned dancers and musicians across Upstate.


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

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, Jesse Scheinbart, 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


Rising Stars
Wednesday, July 20, 12:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Classics as well as premieres of new works by Cody A. Paul, Gregg Welcher, and Nik Jeleniauskas, performed by winners of regional and state-wide competitions: Christopher Spinelli, piano; Katerina Skafidas, soprano; and Thomas Nguyen, piano.


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