"Soundscapes - A Musical Footprint"

The Society for New Music opens its 37th season of "Soundscapes" with "Society Sounds I" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at Setnor Auditorium, Syracuse University. The program includes two commissioned works to be recorded for a 2-CD set on Innova.

The award-winning Society won one of the coveted Copland Recording grants this summer and will record the seven most recently commissioned works. These works will be featured on three concerts throughout the season, "Society Sounds I, II and III."

The Society's mission is to nurture regional composers with commissions as performed by regional musicians - a way of leaving a musical footprint, or soundscape, for future generations.

The Sept. 7 concert features the second performance of Edward Ruchalski's "Winter Light" and the 3rd performance of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez's ". . (and of course Henry the Horse) dances the . . .," which was inspired by a Beatles song.

Ruchalski lives in Syracuse and teaches at LeMoyne College, while Sanchez-Gutierrez lives in Rochester and teaches at Eastman. These works will be recorded on the 6th and 7th of September at Syracuse University.

Also on the Sept. 7 Setnor Auditorium concert are two works by the Society's Brian Israel Winners (NYS composers under 30). Baljinder Singh Sekhon II is a doctoral student at Eastman, while Eleanor Aversa is beginning her doctorate at the Univ. of Pennsylvania after completing her Masters at Queens College in NYC.

Rounding out this diverse program is Dexter Morrill's "Ten Pieces for piano." Morrill is celebrating his 70th birthday this year and is a former Society commissioned composer. He was a long-time faculty composer at Colgate University.

The outstanding regional performers, all core members of the Society's ensemble, are violinists Ann McIntyre and Stephanie Koppeis, violist Amy Diefes, cellist Wesley Baldwin, double bassist Ed Castilano, clarinetist John Friedrichs, pianists Kirk Severtson and Adrienne Kim, percussionists Rob Bridge and Jen Vacanti, all under conductor James Tapia.

Making his Syracuse debut with the Society is Michael Winter, the new horn player with the Syracuse Symphony who is moving here from Boston.

The remaining concerts on the season are a program of new music with dance, "Vision of Sound", new music by women composers, "Women's Work," and new music with silent film, "Sound Designs."

Tickets are $15; $12 for students and seniors and will be available at the door. For more information, contact snm@societyfornewmusic.org; npilgrim@aol.com; ticket chair Steve Carpenter at 245-1689 or the Society at 446-5733.

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment