Society for New Music

upcoming concerts

 Please note: Concerts in the 2021-22 season will be presented in person and recorded live for on-demand viewing for several days following the live performance. Your ticket will give you access to both options.

2021-22 Season Ticket $80:   

*Rescheduled to 3/22/22* Pandora's Box
Thursday, November 11, 2021, 7:00 PM
Coyne Performing Arts Center, LeMoyne College, Syracuse

Silent film with new music. A collaboration between LeMoyne College, Syracuse International Film Festival, and Society for New Music.


Migrations
Sunday, December 5, 2021, 3:00 PM
Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, free for ages 18 and under

Premiere of SNM's NEA commissioned work by Octavio Vazquez — a multi-movement work reflecting on migrations with accompanying video projections of historical footage. Also, Persian-born Reza Vali's Dashti, 2020 for singing string quartet; former Israel-winner Derek Bermel’s Nine Revolutions, 2019, and a work by SNM’s 2021 NY Federation of Music Clubs Israel-prize winner Katie Jenkins.

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Vision of Sound: New Music with Modern Dance
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 4:00 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, free for ages 18 and under

Music by six regional composers paired with six regional choreographers, brought to life by the Society Players and regional dancers. Music by Evis Samoutis, Sally Lamb McCune, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Loren Loiacono, Christopher Cresswell, and Mark Watters.

The program was curated by Alaina Olivieri, Mark Olivieri, Neva Pilgrim, and Octavio Vazquez.

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Pandora's Box
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 7:00 PM
Coyne Performing Arts Center, LeMoyne College, Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, free for ages 18 and under, free for SU and LeMoyne students, staff, and faculty with ID

Rescheduled from 11/11/21.

Premiere of Erin O’Hara’s commissioned music for the classic silent film Pandora's Box (Pabst, 1929), which combines storytelling with a feminist-punk musical score to bring the convention-breaking character Lulu to life.

A collaboration between LeMoyne College, Syracuse International Film Festival, and Society for New Music.

Please note: In-person tickets are limited for this event, but streaming will be available.

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Society Favorites
Sunday, April 24, 2022, 3:00 PM
TBD, Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, free for ages 18 and under

Kevin Ernste's commissioned homage to Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky, and Paul Leary's commissioned homage to the Apollo moon landing. Also music by Marc Mellits, Pulitzer Prize-winner Melinda Wagner, and the 2021 Israel/Pellman winner Yangfan Xu's Ecstatic Buriel, 2020.

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past concerts

Libba Cotten: Here this Day
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 3:00 PM
Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Ave., Syracuse
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, ages 18 and under free

Fully-staged premiere of an SNM commissioned opera with 10-piece chamber ensemble, with music by Mark Olivieri and libretto by Kyle Bass.

Born in the segregated south, Libba Cotten was a singer/songwriter whose "Freight Train," written when she was 11, is still performed by internationally-renowned artists today. Married at 15, Libba was "discovered" at age 60 by the folk music world. She spent the last 20 years of her life in Syracuse, during which time she toured nationally and performed regularly at MLK K-8 school. She was declared the first "living treasure" of Syracuse and won a Grammy at 93.


Wilderness Music
Sunday, September 5, 2021, 10:00 AM
Hiawatha Lake, Upper Onondaga Park, Syracuse
Tickets: Free in person; $20 regular, $15 seniors/students on-demand streaming

R. Murray Schafer's Music for Wilderness Lake, for 12 trombonists, will be performed around Hiawatha Lake in morning and dusk performances. The program will also include music by Joe Buono, Steven Verhelst, Ryan Meredith, Michael Davis, and Max Richter.

Rain location: St. Paul's Syracuse

NOTE: 10:00 a.m. performance cancelled due to weather.


Libba Cotten: Here This Day
Sunday, August 22, 2021, 5:00 PM
Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin
Tickets: Free (donations appreciated)

A concert staging of a new opera that tells the life story of iconic guitarist Libba Cotten, a humble, gifted, left-handed singer/songwriter who grew up in the segregated south, played the guitar and banjo upside-down and backwards, and won a Grammy at age 91.

With an operatic score influenced by folk, blues, and gospel by Mark Olivieri, and a libretto by Kyle Bass (Possessing Harriet), this new opera reveals and celebrates the life story of an American original and folk music legend.

When her devoted community comes together to honor her legacy, a poignant afterlife journey of song, drama, and dreams leads Libba back to her roots, family, first guitar, and the spiritual connection between her music and childhood home. A cast of seven transcend time and musical styles to retrace the story of how a little left-handed girl from North Carolina became one of the most original and revered folk musicians and songwriters of her time.

The opera is sung by bass-baritone Gregory Sheppard, soprano Jessica Montgomery, mezzo Danan Tsan, soprano Noa DeRosa Anderson, soprano Jacque Tara Washington, and baritone Steven Stull.

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Libba Cotten: Here This Day
Saturday, August 21, 2021, 7:30 PM
Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin
Tickets: Free (donations appreciated)

A concert staging of a new opera that tells the life story of iconic guitarist Libba Cotten, a humble, gifted, left-handed singer/songwriter who grew up in the segregated south, played the guitar and banjo upside-down and backwards, and won a Grammy at age 91.

With an operatic score influenced by folk, blues, and gospel by Mark Olivieri, and a libretto by Kyle Bass (Possessing Harriet), this new opera reveals and celebrates the life story of an American original and folk music legend.

When her devoted community comes together to honor her legacy, a poignant afterlife journey of song, drama, and dreams leads Libba back to her roots, family, first guitar, and the spiritual connection between her music and childhood home. A cast of seven transcend time and musical styles to retrace the story of how a little left-handed girl from North Carolina became one of the most original and revered folk musicians and songwriters of her time.

The opera is sung by bass-baritone Gregory Sheppard, soprano Jessica Montgomery, mezzo Danan Tsan, soprano Noa DeRosa Anderson, soprano Jacque Tara Washington, and baritone Steven Stull.

Reserve tickets.


Libba Cotten: Here This Day
Friday, August 20, 2021, 7:30 PM
Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin
Tickets: Free (donations appreciated)

A concert staging of a new opera that tells the life story of iconic guitarist Libba Cotten, a humble, gifted, left-handed singer/songwriter who grew up in the segregated south, played the guitar and banjo upside-down and backwards, and won a Grammy at age 91.

With an operatic score influenced by folk, blues, and gospel by Mark Olivieri, and a libretto by Kyle Bass (Possessing Harriet), this new opera reveals and celebrates the life story of an American original and folk music legend.

When her devoted community comes together to honor her legacy, a poignant afterlife journey of song, drama, and dreams leads Libba back to her roots, family, first guitar, and the spiritual connection between her music and childhood home. A cast of seven transcend time and musical styles to retrace the story of how a little left-handed girl from North Carolina became one of the most original and revered folk musicians and songwriters of her time.

The opera is sung by bass-baritone Gregory Sheppard, soprano Jessica Montgomery, mezzo Danan Tsan, soprano Noa DeRosa Anderson, soprano Jacque Tara Washington, and baritone Steven Stull.

Reserve tickets.


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 middle- and high-school composers taking part in YCC.

The 2021 Young Composers Corner participants are Finnian Coles (DeWitt), Josiah Feng (F-M), Angelina Gomez (Syracuse), Michael Guarneiri (Verona), Rachel Harris (Mount Markham-West Winfield), Nathaniel Houghton (F-M), Zayde Lekic, (Syracuse), Alex McGlaughlin (Camillus-West Genesee), Jack Mitchell (VA-Caz) Alex Qiu (F-M), Jonah Sauve (Chittenango), Ben Smith (Baldwinsville), Nathan Schierer (Cazenovia), Caitlyn Young (F-M), and Serena Wan (Oswego).

The composer-mentors were Natalie Draper, Paul Leary, and Christopher Cresswell. The Society Players performing include Sar Strong, piano; Gregory Wood, cello; Sachin Shukla (who was a YCC participant when he was 11), viola; Sonya Stith Williams, violin; and Paul Leary, shakuhachi.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and come cheer on the future of music!


New Music Strikes Gold
Sunday, July 25, 2021, 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors (65+)/students (18+), free for ages 18 and under

Works by Brian Israel, Richard Wernick Jim Willey, Christopher Cresswell, Sam Pellman, and Andy Akiho, performed by the Society Players.


Rising Stars
Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 12:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by young composers Emmanuel Sikora and Kevin Swenson, performed by Dora Ammerman, soprano; Dominic Fiacco, organ; and Alex Wu, piano.


Libba Cotten opera
Saturday, July 17, 2021, 7:30 PM
Cazenovia College Theater, Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors (65+)/students (18+), free for ages 18 and under

Semi-staged performance of a new Libba Cotten opera, with libretto by Kyle Bass and music by Mark Olivieri.


Rising Stars
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 12:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by young composers Emmanuel Sikora, Emily Graham, and Hyunjung Byun, plus some classics, performed by prize-winning young musicians Michael Guarnieri, organ; Kate O'Leary, flute; and Gerard McCrohan, tenor.


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.

Enjoy:
• 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, amazon.com, 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.


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