It is with deep regret that LICA announces the passing of founding member Marga Richter, who passed away peacefully at age 93 on June 25, 2020.
“Her story is one of breaking glass ceilings, paving a new path, and creating truly great music,” according to Parma Records, which published this beautiful tribute to Marga on July 6.
The Hot Jupiters, a new supergroup formed by the collision of the Namaste and Vibraharp Ensembles and The Hidden City Orchestra, will perform three concerts of LICA composers’ music in Umbria, Italy in November of 2019.
In other solar systems, “Hot Jupiters” are giant planets, similar to Jupiter, that are found at a Mercury’s distance from their suns. We expect their improvisations will be just as hot.
On Friday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., the group will perform at the Palazzo della Penna in Perugia. The performances continue on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Biblioteca Sperelliana di Gubbio in Gubio and conclude on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Chiesa della Nunziatina in Todi. Admission is free.
Works by LICA composers Jay Anthony Gach, Jennifer Tibbetts, Joe Landi, Alan Brings, Julie Mandel and George Cork Maul will be performed.
The Hot Jupiters includes Guido Arbonelli and Natalia Benedetti on clarinet, Maria Chiara Fiorucci on harp, Michele Fabrizi and George Cork Maul on piano, Fabrizio D’Antonio on vibraphone and Ermanno Vallini on cello.
Herbert Deutsch and Marga Richter struck a chord from the moment they met 48 years ago.
Their connection began when Richter, who had studied composition at The Juilliard School of Music and had written works for the Harkness Ballet, attended a concert featuring Deutsch’s music. Excited by what she heard, she struck up a conversation with him afterward.
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, which features the first orchestral recordings of works by LICA composer 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.
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.
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.
On November 15, 2015, pianist Paolo Bartolani performed a program of piano works by LICA and classical composers before a standing-room-only crowd at the Church of the Redeemer in Mattituck, NY.
Mr. Bartolani played selections by LICA composers Julie Mandel, Alla Pavlova and George Cork Maul.
LICA/RAI concert of solo piano music in Rome, Italy on June 21st, 2011.
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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.”
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.
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.
On May 3, 2009, the Long Island Composers Alliance teamed up with the American Chamber Ensemble to present an unusually exciting concert of new music written for A.C.E. and special guests.
Shot at a concert by the Long Island Composers Alliance, this video features an interview about the group with composer/synth pioneer Herb Deutsch, and performances by composers like Jack Hotop, Rob Schwimmer, Deutsch, and others. You can view it at Electronic Musician TV.