Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

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

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


Muic 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 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.”


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.


past concerts

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.


Paradise (a world premiere interactive installation)
June 2–17
Syracuse Stage's Black Box Theater (2nd floor), 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
Tickets: Free

Immerse yourself in the paradisal Garden of Nature by way of this interactive collage of bird and animal sounds from around the world. Create your own rich sonic/visual tapestry which, like nature, will envelop and draw you in. An interactive sound/light installation by Douglas Quin and Lorne Covington, commissioned by the Society for New Music. This might also inspire your interest in geography, technology, and/or in saving our planet!

The installation will be open on:
Thurs., June 2, 4:00-7:00 pm
Fri., June 3, 4:00-7:00 pm (with an opening reception 5:00-7:00 pm in Sutton Pavilion)
Sat., June 4, 3:00-6:00 pm
Thurs., June 9, 4:00-7:00 pm
Fri., June 10, 4:00-7:00 pm
Sat., June 11, 3:00-6:00 pm
Wed., June 15, 3:00-6:00 pm
Thurs., June 16, 3:00-6:00 pm
Fri., June 17, 3:00-6:00 pm

Douglas Quin is a world renowned sound designer, naturalist, public radio commentator, and music composer, and co-director of the audio arts program at SU's Newhouse School.

Lorne Covington, fluent with visual and performing art, electronic hardware, embedded systems, and all layers of software development, creates immersive responsive environments using in-house developed cutting-edge sensing and software technologies. Lorne’s work focuses on the intangible space between action and response, the moment-to-moment experience of involvement with a complex system that turns the act of viewing into one of exploration, creation, and play. Recent projects have included Dance Box Theater at the Kennedy Center, Electric Heliotrope Theater, Memory Theater at Memorial Gallery in Rochester, Dancing Light Theater at the MOST in Syracuse, and the JournoWall Participatory Environment, S.I. Newhouse College of Public Communications where students and faculty can interact with large-scale visual information and sound through NOIRFLUX’s JournoWall.


Vision of Sound
Saturday, April 9, 7:30 PM
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center, Hamilton College, Clinton
Tickets: Free

New music for dance performed by dancers and musicians from along the Erie Canal cultural corridor.

Music by Peter Allen, Michael Burritt, Ryan Carter, Diane Jones, Marc Mellits, and Mark Olivieri, collaborating with Upstate NY's finest choreographers: Allison Bohman, Dominique Dawkins, N'jelle Gage-Thorne, Michelle Ikle, Cheryl Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Alaina Olivieri, Missy Pfohl Smith, Cadence Whittier, and Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell.


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