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Parma Records Releases New LICA CD

On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Parma Records is releasing our new CD: “Harmonize Your Spirit With My Calm.” Although Parma has been recording in Russia for years, this is the first time that words will be sung in Russian on a Parma recording, namely Leonard Lehrman’s 8 Russian Songs, recorded with the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg under Vladimir Lande this past July 1-2.  It also features the first orchestral recordings of works by Joel Mandelbaum.  Helene Williams is the principal soloist in works by each of the two composers, who also perform each other’s music. Settings of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a piano prelude and a string quartet are among those works reissued here, from previous performances on LICA concerts, recorded on Capstone Records.  The cover design is based on work by Ellen Mandelbaum.

LICA Composers in Perugia, Italy

agimus-loc-3-dicembre-2016LICA has organized a concert titled Nuove strade — New Pathways at Auditorium Marianum in Perugia, Italy on Dec. 3, 2016.

Performers are Fabrizio D’Antonio on vibraphone, Maria Chiara Fiorucci on harp, Ermanno Vallini on cello, Michele Fiorucci on piano, Terry Keevil on oboe.

Works by Marga Richter, Dana Richardson, Jay Anthony Gach, Jennifer Tibbetts and George Cork Maul to be performed, along with an improvisational performance by Maul’s Hidden City Orchestra.

Enchanted Cities: A new collaboration between LICA composers and VibraHarpTrio of Perugia, Italy

In November of 2015, LICA composers George Cork Maul, Jay Anthony Gach and Dana Richardson traveled to Perugia, Italy, for a performance and their new collaboration, “Cittá Incantate (Enchanted Cities): Perugia-New York” by the VibraHarpTrio.

 

 

VibraHarp Trio, comprised of Fabrizio D’Antonio on vibraphone, Maria Chiara Fiorucci on harp and Ivo Scarponi on cello, played pieces by the three composers in attendance and by LICA composer Steven L. Rosenhaus.

 

 

 

 

 

Elie Siegmeister, American Composer: A Bio-Bibliography

In March 2010, Scarecrow Press published Elie Siegmeister, American Composer: A Bio-Bibliography by Leonard J. Lehrman & Kenneth O. Boulton, with a foreword by Herbert A. Deutsch.  This month, a review by Howard Pollack appeared in Music Library Association Notes. The url for that is https://www.areditions.com/journals/notes/67.3Tear/Books/Pollack.pdf. His summary final sentence reads: “This is, like Lehrman’s Blitzstein bio-bibliography, a landmark in American music scholarship, a significant book, and one that deserves to be a part of any serious music library’s collection.”

WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: Nine American Composers.

Marga Richter is included in a new publication from Scarecrow Press entitled: WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: Nine American Composers. Richter’s chapter was written by Sharon Mirchandani, professor of musicology at Rider University. In addition to a fairly comprehensive biographical sketch, short musical examples of 7 works spanning six decades plus an in-depth analysis of Qhanri, for cello and piano, are included.
Furthermore, Marga Richter’s one-act chamber opera Riders to the Sea (text by John M. Synge) has just been released by Leonarda Productions, Inc.Vocal parts include soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto and tenor. It is scored for: fl/picc., pitched bells, bohdran (Irish drum), Irish harp, concert accordion, two violins, viola and two cellos. Also on the CD is her Kyrie for String Quintet.

The Melody and Lyrics of Black History

SPOTLIGHT Tara Nova with Paul Hefner.
 
LAST spring Paul Hefner, a bandleader and composer from Floral Park, had the idea of spotlighting Tara Nova, a longtime vocalist with his group, in a concert with a local twist: It would feature music by his colleagues in the Long Island Composers Alliance, which has more than 50 members.

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