Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

Regional Art Invitational
Thursday, July 1, 2021–Friday, July 30, 2021,
Various venues, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Featured artists include Glendon Allen, Peter Allen, Sherry Spann Allen, Lydia Benscher, Willson Cummer, Bill Elkins, John Fitzsimmons, Faithanne Flesher, Aldea Gerard, Eva Hunter, London Ladd, Judith Levins, John Mariani, Christine Patsos, Penny Santy, Karmin Schafer, Eric Shute, Ron Simmons, Pam Steele, Misse Thomas, Cole Thomas, Patrick Vincitore, Lucie Wellner, and Jane Zell.

Art will be on display in various venues including the Cazenovia Library, St. Peter’s Hall, Cazenovia Jewelry, Common Ground/Dave’s Diner, Cazenovia Artisans, and The Key.

On July 10, there will be an artist reception from 2:00-4:00 pm at St. Peter's Hall.

New Music at the Cazenovia Farmers Market
Composer/performer Christopher Cresswell, guitar

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Cazenovia Village Green, Between Emory and Green Sts., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Young Composers Corner Concert
Saturday, July 31, 2021, 4:30 PM
Lakeland Park Pavilion, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

The Society Players perform works completed during the Young Composers Corner mentoring program, with commentary by the YCC composers. Bring your blanket or lawn chair for seating.

past concerts

A Musical Feast Virtual Gala
Sunday, June 6, 2021, 5:00 PM–6:15 PM
Online, Anywhere
Tickets: Suggested donation: $20 regular, $50 patron, $100 angel (prices per person)

A virtual benefit (on Zoom) to support the Society for New Music.

• Appetizers: Images and memories of people and programs
• Soup: Description of recent and upcoming activities
• Entrée: Music and interview with Marc Mellitts and Rob Bridge, followed by audience "chat"
• Salad: Some recent "Rising Stars" report on their musical lives
• Dessert: Sampling of Society performances
• After-Dinner Treats: Discussion of future direction of SNM

Make a Donation for the Virtual Gala

Sound Sources
Saturday, May 29, 2021,
Online, Anywhere
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors (65+)/students (18+), free for ages 18 and under

Rob Paterson Cocoa Cantata, 2020: World premiere of a light-hearted critique of gender dynamics in the age of #MeToo, fair trade, and the marketing of pleasure, modeled after Bach’s Coffee Cantata
Jessie Montgomery Source Code, 2013
Alistair Coleman Moonshot, 2019
Reena Esmail Sonata for flute & piano, 2019

Alistair Coleman is the 2020-21 Israel/Pellman Prize winner.

The video will be available through June 4. Purchase a ticket to receive the link.

Young Composers Pop-Up Concert
Monday, May 17, 2021, 6:30 PM
University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
Tickets: Free (donations appreciated)

Music by young composers, performed by young musicians.

Composers: Angelina Gomez (H.W. Smith K-8); Nagi Aitbayeva (Ed Smith K-8); Alex McGlaughlin (Camillus K-8); Ebun Oguntola (Jamesville-Dewitt High); Christian Schmidt (S.U. rising Junior); Emily Graham (S.U. rising Senior); Kevin J. Swenson (S.U. 2021 MM)

Performers include Angelina Gomez, violin; Nagi Aitbayeva, violin; Kevin Swenson, piano; Emily Erb, violin; Tracy Berner, cello; Alex McGlaughlin, guitar; Ebun Oguntola, violin; Julia Medicis, violin; Kari Maxian, viola; Maggie Griffiths, cello; Henri Youmans, baritone; Jonida Lazellari, piano; Noelle Claassen, oboe; Alex Guiliano, clarinet; Hannah Ramusevic, alto saxophone; Elizabeth Schmidt, bass clarinet; and Micayla MacDougall, bassoon.

Attendees are required to wear masks. Seating will be distanced.

Composer/Performer LIVE Series: Peter Allen and Lana Stafford
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 7:00 PM
Online, Anywhere
Tickets: Free, but donations appreciated

The Society for New Music is excited to announce the fourth and final installment of our Composer/Performer LIVE Series, featuring composer/multi-instrumentalist Peter Allen and flutist/improvisor Lana Stafford.

Peter Allen is a multimedia artist from Syracuse. He earned a B.F.A. in Special Studies in Art from Syracuse University. He exhibits his artwork in numerous venues in Central New York and performs regularly in Central New York in bands and for theatrical productions. Look for his recent album, A Time of Sorrows & Joys, by Peter Allen Alt Jazz at cdBaby and also on iTunes, GooglePlay, Apple Music,, and all your favorite streaming platforms. The album is expected to release mid-May.

Lana Stafford is a freelance musician and private flute instructor from Skaneateles, NY. She earned her M.M. in Flute Performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lana is a member of the CNY Association of Music Teachers and a Board Member at the Society for New Music. Through SNM, Lana has performed at Colgate University, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, and the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival.

The performance will be streamed live from the SNM YouTube channel.

Composer/Performer LIVE Series: Paul Leary
Sunday, April 25, 2021, 7:00 PM
Online, Anywhere
Tickets: Free, but donations appreciated

Paul Leary is currently Assistant Professor of Music SUNY Oswego in Oswego, NY where he is teaching electronic music, theory, composition, and popular music. His choral music has been performed widely and his electronic music and multi-media work has been featured at over fifty concerts and festivals over the last few years. Paul’s works often include hand built instruments that bring kinetic motion into his electronic works through sensors.

This concert will feature three pieces performed by Paul. Circumferences for bicycle wheels and Shakuhachi flute features a homemade instrument that uses magnetic sensors to trigger musical sounds from bicycle wheels. The second piece, Pink, is purely electronic and is performed on software written by Paul. Finally the last piece, Reverberations, is a premiere of a new work featuring Paul's new 2.0 C Shakuhachi purchased through a grant at SUNY Oswego. This long, slow burn piece also features Leary's 9-foot wooden pendulum which triggers sounds through gyroscope sensors in the swinging bell.

The performance will be streamed live on YouTube.

Composer/Performer LIVE Series: Kevin Jack Swenson and Ryan Carter
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 7:00 PM
Online, Anywhere
Tickets: Free, but donations appreciated

The second installment in the series features Kevin Jack Swenson and Ryan Carter.

Composer/Performer LIVE Series: Anna Huff and Matthew Murchison
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 7:00 PM
Online, Anywhere
Tickets: Free, but donations appreciated

Anna Huff, Vocals and Electronics
Huff is an American multi-media artist, composer, producer and actress best known by her stage name Anna Oxygen. A native of Olympia, WA, she is known for Electropop, psychedelic folk, and considers herself an actress, vocalist, musician, songwriter.

Matthew Murchison, Euphonium/Tuba and Fixed Media
Murchison has a varied career as a performer, composer, arranger, educator, conductor, and producer. He has been called “one of the finest players of his (or any) generation. Matthew was a member of River City Brass in Pittsburgh, PA from 2002-2015, where he was a featured soloist hundreds of times and his performances have been broadcast across the country.

Streaming Link

Vision of Sound
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:59 PM
Online, Anywhere
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors (65+)/students (18+), free for ages 18 and under

New music with modern dance.

Doc Woods An Expensive Truth, 2020 (premiere)
Loren Loiacono Arc, 2020 (premiere)
Ryan Chase Holding Patterns and Paradigm Shifts, 2020 (premiere)
Diane Jones Earth Rise, 2020
Octavio Vazquez Zeitgeist, 2012
Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon Cantiga del merolico

Choreographers include Dominique Dawkins, Maya June Dwyer, Zachary Frazee, Sean McLeod, Allison Bohman Thomashefski, Sarah Walter, and Imani Pearl Williams.

The performance will be available online through March 3, 2021. For link, purchase ticket.

Utica College Jackson Lunch Hour Series: Music for Black History Month
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1:00 PM
Online, Anywhere
Tickets: Free

Music by Florence Price, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Charles Lloyd, Jr., Leslie Adams, 'Doctuh' Michael Woods, Margaret Bonds, Billy Taylor, Mozart, and Gregg Welcher, plus scenes from the opera Libba Cotten with libretto by Kyle Bass and music by Mark Olivieri.

Performers include Gregory Sheppard, Rosee Head, Doc Woods, Jessica Montgomery, Noa DeRosa Anderson, Steven Stull, Danan Tsan, Sonya Stith Williams, Heidi Hoffman, John Friedrichs, and Rob Auler. The concert will be hosted by Andrea Scheibel.

Watch on the Utica College YouTube channel or listen on WPNR 90.7 FM, Utica College's Student Run Radio Station.

Sunday, January 31, 2021, 3:00 PM
OCC Recital Hall, Onondaga Community College campus, Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors (65+)/students (18+), free for ages 18 and under

Ryan Carter Floating Points, 2020, (premiere of a commissioned piece), for Society players, with audience participation via an app on Ryan's website
Paul Leary Hephaestus' Fire, 2020, (premiere) for anvil and electronics
Regina A. Harris Baiocchi Feathers and Bowties, 2009 (in memory of Hale Smith)
Valerie Coleman Fanmi Imen (Human Family), 2018
Jihyun Kim Once upon a time, 2018
Kay Kyurim Rhie Cereus, 2019

The performance will be live-streamed. All ticket holders will be emailed a link prior to the concert.

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