Deep Listening' set for Feb. 24

The Society for New Music (SFNM) continues its 36th season with "Deep Listening" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Everson Museum. The concert features Bill Ryan's 2006 "Simple Lines," Carman Moore's 2001 "The Mystery of Tao," and Elliott Carter's 2001 "Steep Steps" and also works by two of the Music SFNM commissioned composers -- Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez (2007) and Ed Ruchalski (2008). The concert is

dedicated to the memory of Allie Jensen, long-time Society performer and former board member.

'Winter Light' to premier

Syracuse composer Edward Ruchalski has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, among others. His music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Mass MOCA, Miller Theatre, Everson Museum and the Festival of Miami. Ruchalski has also been the recipient of two Artist Grants from Syracuse's Cultural Resources Council for his compositions using motorized string and percussion instruments of his own design.

Ruchalski's "Winter Light" will be premiered at this concert. Commissioned by the Music SFNM with funds provided by the NYS Music Fund and NYSCA, the 20-minute work is composed in three continuous movements: "Elsewhere, By Snowlight, and Song for Beth."

Ruchalski is working with Jen Cadieux and her students at Levy Middle School, who will join the Society's professional ensemble performing on Ruchalski's newly created percussion tree, specially designed for the students.

Dedicated to Neva Pilgrim

Eastman composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez has received numerous awards. Some of these recognitions include First Prize at the 2004 Malaysian Philharmonic Competition, commissions from the Koussevitzky, Guggenheim, Fromm, Rockefeller and Camargo Foundations, and the Mozart Medal from Mexico and Austria. Besides teaching at Eastman, Sanchez-Gutierrez is working on commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts, Howard Hanson Fund and Mexico's National Fund for the Arts.

Sanchez-Gutierrez's " ... [and of course Henry the Horse] Dances the..." 2007 will receive its second performance. It was inspired by a Beatles lyric and was commissioned by Music SFNM with funds provided by the Koussevitzky Foundation. It is dedicated to Neva Pilgrim.

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