Mission

20>>21 develops programs that explore the multicultural experience of today’s music. The ensemble facilitates dialogue between audience, performer, and composer by presenting contemporary composers’ works and their influences.

About

20>>21 collaborates with today’s emerging composers to curate deep concert experiences. Repertoire for each concert is carefully selected by the members of 20>>21 and that concert’s featured composer. Each piece reflects the composer’s influences and draws connections between music of the 20th and 21st centuries. 20>>21 embraces a relaxed concert atmosphere, inviting audience members to learn and interact.
 
The members of 20>>21 are accomplished musicians who are passionate for sharing new music with new audiences. In each performance, members of 20>>21 and the concert’s featured composer explain the personal and musical significance of the pieces chosen. Following each concert, audience members are invited to meet the musicians and featured composer to ask questions and share feedback.
 
20>>21 had a successful inaugural season of 2011-12 at The Gershwin Hotel in downtown Manhattan. Each concert included a world premiere from one of the season’s featured composers: Angélica Negrón, Gilad Cohen, Clint Needham, and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Audience members praised the ensemble for exciting repertoire, helpful discussion, and a gentle introduction to new music. For details about 20>>21’s next season and upcoming concerts, please visit our Events page below.


Advisory Board

Claude Baker
Donald Berman
David Dzubay
David Krakauer

Members


Ariadne Greif, soprano ♦ Itay Lantner, flute ♦ Francesca Anderegg, violin
Claudia Schaer, violin ♦ Erin Wight, viola ♦ Brian Snow, cello ♦ Yael Manor, piano



Soprano Ariadne Greif, praised for her “elastic and round high notes” (classiqueinfo), sang title roles in L’enfant et les sortileges, Rusalka, Phaedra and Hippolytus, the opera workshop of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Mileva, as well as Ivona in The Hunger Art, Lucy in The Telephone, Sandmann in Hänsel und Gretel, and Madeline in Debussy’s unfinished opera La Chûte de la Maison Usher with the Opéra Français de New York. She recently made her major orchestral debut singing Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the American Symphony Orchestra, and her Zankel Hall debut premiering Songs at the Well, a song cycle by Elena Langer. This October, she has been invited back for her third project with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK to star as Therese in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias. Ariadne founded Uncommon Temperament Baroque Band in 2009. In 2011 she was invited by Dawn Upshaw both to appear at the 2011 Ojai Music Festival in California and to be the first young singer in twenty years at the 2011 Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont. This summer she returned to Yellow Barn, made her debut with the Greenwich Music Festival singing Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and sang at the Cape May Music Festival in a concert curated by Alan Kay.

 

Flutist Itay Lantner performs regularly in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout the United States, Israel, Italy, Germany, Spain and France. He performed in distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Música, and the Mann Auditorium (Tel Aviv). Mr. Lantner holds a Bachelor of Music from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, and a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music under the guidance of renowned flutist-conductor Ransom Wilson. While at Yale, he won the Yale Chamber Music Competition twice with his wind quintet, and received yearly scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation between 2003 and 2008.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Lantner worked with conductors Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian and Reinbert de Leeuw. He has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and currently serves as a flutist with the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra. Mr. Lantner teaches at The Harmony Program, a New York-based music program that is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema: it provides daily music lessons to children from economically disadvantaged communities.

 

Violinist Francesca Anderegg made her New York debut in February 2007, performing the Ligeti Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Diego Masson. The New York Times lauded her performance for its “dark, mournful tone” and “virtuosic panache.” A versatile musician, Ms. Anderegg is equally at home as a soloist and chamber music artist. Her chamber music credits include performances with Itzhak Perlman and members of the Perlman Music Program in major venues throughout the country, for which the Chicago Sun-Times praised her “astonishing assurance.”
Ms. Anderegg holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard as a student of Ronald Copes. Her former teachers have included Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Naoko Tanaka, and Lynn Chang. She has appeared at many music festivals, and currently is on the violin faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp. In 2010, Ms. Anderegg was awarded the Lenore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing Arts, a major career grant. Her solo debut CD, containing music by Elliott Carter, George Perle, and Arnold Schoenberg, will be released on Albany Records in July 2012.

 

Canadian violinist Claudia Schaer, a versatile recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist, is known for her beautiful and intelligent interpretations, as well as her intriguing programming. Recent highlights include her Carnegie Hall Weill Recital debut, recital tours of Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, the USA, and China; chamber music performances in England (Prussia Cove), Denmark (Thy), France (Fontainebleau), and Italy (Barga, with Berlin Philharmonic members). She gave the New York première of the Lifchitz violin concerto, and will give a world premiere of the Farrell violin concerto in 2011. Currently in the midst of an ambitious solo violin project, her programmes this year include a three-hour-recital of all six Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, the Bartók Sonata for Solo Violin, Boulez’s Anthèmes, the Ysaÿe Sonatas, and Honegger’s Sonata.
Ms. Schaer received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in 2011, mentoring with Phillip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Pamela Frank. She received Master’s and Bachelor degrees from the Juilliard School, where she assisted her mentor, Sally Thomas, and participated in the Scholastic Distinction programme.

 

Violist Erin Wight, a Midwestern transplant to New York City, is an active chamber musician and avid performer of new music. Described by The New York Times as “engrossing” and “surehanded,” she performs frequently as a member of the Red Light New Music Ensemble and Either/Or, has played with the New Juilliard Ensemble, Axiom, the Juilliard Electric Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Signal, Talea, FiRE, and worked closely with members of the Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In addition, Ms. Wight is a founding member of the Toomai String Quintet, 2007 winners of the 92nd St. Y’s Music Unlocked! Competition for emerging ensembles dedicated to educational outreach and a pilot ensemble for Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program. Ms. Wight is deeply committed to community engagement and is on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic’s School Partnership Program, and the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Wight completed her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School where she studied with Paul Neubauer.

 

Cellist Brian Snow pursues an active performing career in New York City, where he is a member of Newspeak Ensemble, the Omni Ensemble, and the Praxis String Quartet. Praised by the Boston Globe for his “…pugnacious, eloquent, self-assurance…”, Brian has appeared as a soloist with the Riverside Orchestra (New York City), the Longy Chamber Orchestra, and Crescent City Symphony (New Orleans). He has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Alarm Will Sound, ACME, Fireworks Ensemble, the Emerson String Quartet, and Meredith Monk, and appears on recordings with a variety of artists, including the Yale Cellos, Sonya Kitchell, Ratatat, My Brightest Diamond, and Jonsi of Sigur Ros. Brian has won top prizes at the Paranov, Emerson String Quartet, and Longy concerto soloists competitions. A strong advocate for new music, Brian has worked closely with composers including Nico Muhly, Caleb Burhans, and David T. Little, premiering dozens of new works. Currently a DMA candidate at SUNY Stony Brook, he holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and from Yale, and his cello teachers include David Finckel, Aldo Parisot, and Colin Carr. A dedicated teacher, Brian is a faculty member at Brooklyn Conservatory and the Brooklyn Waldorf School.

 

Pianist and Artistic Director Yael Manor regularly collaborates with composers both as a soloist and a chamber musician. As a frequent performer of national and world premieres, she approaches each piece with creativity and imaginative interpretation. Driven by the belief that new music should be accessible, Yael works to ensure that each concert encourages open dialogue and understanding between audience members, performers, and composers.
In addition to various performances in Israel, Yael has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the United States including: the Kimmel Center, the Miller Theatre, the Dekelboum Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She has also been featured on New York City’s classical music radio station, WQXR, in a broadcast of the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase. Yael holds a Master’s degree from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Future Events

 

COMING SOON!!!

 

Past Events

 

2012-2013 Season

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 @ 7:30pm

Scenes from Reinaldo Moya's new Opera Generalissimo

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York

 
 

Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 8pm

The Composers Now! series
The American Composers Alliance with 20>>21

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York
For more information please click here

 
 

2011-2012 Season

 

Thursday, November 11, 2011 @ 8pm

20>>21 presents: Rewind and Fast-Forward with Angélica Negrón

The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th Street, New York
For program and more information about Angélieca Negrón please check out our “Composers” page.
 
 

Thursday, February 16, 2011 @ 8pm

20>>21 presents: Rewind and Fast-Forward with Gilad Cohen

The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th Street, New York
For program and more information about Gilad Cohen please check out our “Composers” page.
 
 

Thursday, March 23, 2012 @ 8pm

20>>21 presents: Rewind and Fast-Forward with Clint Needham

The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th Street, New York
For program and more information about Clint Needham please check out our “Composers” page.
 
 

Thursday, May 17, 2011 @ 8pm

20>>21 presents: Rewind and Fast-Forward with Aleksandra Vrebalov

The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th Street, New York
For program and more information about Aleksandra Vrebalov please check out our “Composers” page.


 
 

David T. Little

20>>21 with David T. Little

 
DATE RESCHEDULED: TBA
 


Program:


COMING SOON!!!

 

The music of American composer David T. Little has been described as “dramatically wild…rustling, raunchy and eclectic,” showing “real imagination” by New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini, and his work “completely gripped” New Yorker critic Alex Ross: “every bad-ass new-music ensemble in the city will want to play him.” Little’s highly theatrical, often political work draws upon his experience as a rock drummer, and fuses classical and popular idioms to dramatic effect.

His music has been performed throughout the world—including in Dresden, London, Edinburgh, LA, Montreal, and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, MATA and Cabrillo Festivals—by such performers as the London Sinfonietta, Alarm Will Sound, eighth blackbird, So Percussion, ensemble courage, Dither, NOW Ensemble, PRISM Quartet, the New World Symphony, American Opera Projects, the New York City Opera, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. He has received awards and recognition from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center, the Harvey Gaul Competition, BMI, and ASCAP, and has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Baltimore Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the New World Symphony, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the University of Michigan, and Dawn Upshaw’s Vocal Arts program at the Bard Conservatory.

Recent works include the opera “Dog Days” (Robert Woodruff, director; Royce Vavrek, librettist, based on the short story by Judy Budnitz), “Haunt of Last Nightfall” for Third Coast Percussion, “RADIANT CHiLD” for the New World Symphony, “Conspiracy Theory” for Darcy James Argue’e Secret Society–a new music big band–”CHARM” for the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop, “haunted topography,” for Alarm Will Sound, and “Am I Born” for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and soprano Mellissa Hughes, under Alan Pierson. Upcoming projects include new works for the London Sinfonietta, Newspeak, cellist Maya Beiser, violist Nadia Sirota, and the Kronos Quartet.

Little is the foundering artistic director and drummer for the amplified chamber ensemble Newspeak. Hailed as “potent” (TheRestIsNoise.com), “innovative” (New York Magazine), and “fierce” (Time Out New York), Newspeak explores the relationship of music and politics, while confronting head-on the boundaries between the classical and the rock traditions. A New Amsterdam Records artist, Newspeak released its first CD of commissioned works in November 2010, to critical acclaim. “You could call this punk classical,” one critic proclaimed, noting that the disc is “fearlessly aware, insightfully political (and) resolutely defiant.” They have been featured at the Park Avenue Armory, on the Ecstatic Music Festival, and this summer will perform on the Bang On A Can Marathon.

He holds degrees from Susquehanna University (2001) and The University of Michigan (2002) and Princeton University (PhD, 2011), and his primary teachers have included Osvaldo Golijov, Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, William Bolcom, and Michael Daugherty. He has taught music in New York City through Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, served as the inaugural Digital Composer-in-Residence for the UK-based DilettanteMusic.com, and is currently the Executive Director of New York’s MATA Festival. He is a member of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 2012-2013, NYC, where he is developing a new multi-media theater work, “Artaud in the Black Lodge” with legendary poet Anne Waldman. He was recently appointed to the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory, where he will serve as the Director of Composition and Coordinator of New Music, beginning in the fall of 2012.

His music is published by Project Schott New York.
For more information, please visit: www.davidtlittle.com.
 

Reinaldo Moya

20>>21 with Reinaldo Moya

 
DATE RESCHEDULED: TBA
 
 


Program:


COMING SOON!!!

 
 
 

Reinaldo Moya is a Venezuelan American composer whose music is often inspired by literature. Through his explorations of the relationship between music and literary texts, Moya finds an outlet for his own personal sense of drama and lyricism.

Mr. Moya is the recipient of Meet the Composer’s 2011 Van Lier Fellowship, as well as multiple Morton Gould Young Composer Awards from ASCAP. In 2011, he was awarded the Aaron Copland Award which led to a residency in Aaron Copland’s historic New York home.

In 2007, Mr. Moya’s String Quartet was premiered by the Attacca Quartet at the Museum of Modern Art. This performance was reviewed by the New York Times as “Admirable…with subtly delineated sections.” His orchestral work Aurora Australis was awarded the Walter Friedman Memorial Prize for Orchestral Composition in 2008, and was premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra under Jeffrey Milarsky.

he Da Capo Chamber Players performed his Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada in October, 2010 at Merkin Hall in New York City. Bruce Hodges of International Concert Review called the work “startlingly effective… a striking evocation of Márquez’s tragic subject, filled with jittery motifs and underlying dread”.

He has received commissions from Trio 180 (Resident ensemble at the University of the Pacific) and the New York Choreographic Institute. His opera Generalissimo, based on the life of a fictional Latin American dictator, is currently under development in conjunction with playwright Jessica Foster.

He received a Masters degree from The Juilliard School, where he is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. His teachers at Juilliard included Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. In 2006, he graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University, where he studied with John Beall.

Mr. Moya’s music is published by the American Composers Alliance
For more information, please visit www.reinaldomoya.com

Clarice Assad

20>>21 with Clarice Assad

 
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:00pm
The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th St., New York
(click here for directions)
 
 
 
 
 
 


Program:


COMING SOON!!!

 
Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “serious triple threat…a veritable musical dynamo” and “one of Brazil’s brightest young composers” (Gramophone), Clarice Assad is making her mark in the music world as a pianist, arranger, vocalist and a composer. A prolific and versatile artist of musical depth and sophistication, Assad’s music embraces a wide variety of styles, which are often merged, as to fashion original musical concepts.
Highlights include the premiere of “Terra Brasilis” a five-minute fantasy on the Brazilian National Anthem commissioned by OSESP and its new music director Marin Alsop, to be performed in March 2012. Also in March, Ms. Assad will be performing in the world premiere of her concerto “Scattered” with the Symphony Parnassus. This work is the first known concerto for scat vocalist, piano and orchestra. In April, the release of Home, a new recording exploring Brazilian themes written by Assad with percussionists Keita Ogawa and Yousif Sheronick on Adventure Music. Ms. Assad has been commissioned to write for the Hidden World of Girls Symphonic Project under the direction of Marin Alsop to be premiered in June 2012 as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Cabrillo Music Festival. The summer also brings two commissions in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the BRAVO! Vail Music Festival with a solo piano piece for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and another work, featuring the festival’s former music directors: flutist Eugenia Zuckerman and violinist Ida Kavafian. October brings the world premiere of a new concerto for two guitars and chamber orchestra featuring Sergio and Odair Assad, commissioned by Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.

In 2011, Ms. Assad toured with guitarists Sergio & Odair Assad, percussionist Keita Ogawa, and the Lebanese singer Christiane Karam throughout the US. Another iteration of this tour with the Assad family saw performances in Holland, Qatar, Sweden, Belgium and Germany. Ms. Assad also refined her pioneering music workshop VOXPlorations, which explores new ways to create, teach and understand music for musicians and non-musicians alike.

Clarice Assad’s music has been commissioned, performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians on the scene today, including names such as violinists Nadja Salerno- Sonnenberg and Iwao Furusawa, violoncellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, soprano Melody Moore, pop singer Insooni, the guitarists Assad Brothers, guitarist Denis Sungho, the LA Guitar Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Cavatina Duo, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, the Concordia Chamber Players, mandolinist Mike Marshall, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, as well as conductors Marin Alsop (Baltimore Symphony) and Christoph Eschenbach (National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.), Robert Bernhardt (Chattanooga/Louisville Pops Orchestra), Kazuyoshi Akiyama (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra), Carlos Miguel Prieto and Alondra de la Parra (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas), among others.

Her compositions and arrangements have been recorded on Sony Classical, Universal Music, NSS Music, Nonesuch, Chandos Records, Telarc and Rob Digital in Brazil. Her music has received awards such as the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards, Meet The Composer’s Van Lier Fellowship as well as recognition from the Latin Grammy and the Grammy Foundation, the Franklin Honor Society, American Composers Forum and has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Fundação OSESP, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Concordia Chamber Players and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Assad is the principal staff arranger for the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the responsible for most of the orchestra’s musical stunts such as the highly praised chamber orchestra version of Mussorgsky’s PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION.

As a pianist, Ms. Assad, “a virtuoso on the piano and vocal cords” (UNT. Se) has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs and jazz standards. Assad has performed at venues including the Caramoor International Jazz Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Concertgebow in Amsterdam, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in California, Pick- Staiger Concert Hall in Chicago, Modlin Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, Le Casino de Paris in Paris, France and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium. As a vocalist, Ms. Assad sings in Portuguese, French, Italian and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative techniques. “When she scats, she sings with intonation as precise as any digital device, improvising cascading scales that take on sparkling lives of their own.” (Tucson Citizen)

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Clarice Assad was born into one of Brazil’s most famous musical families (she is the daughter of Sergio Assad, one of today’s preeminent guitarists and composers), and has performed professionally since the age of seven. Formal piano studies began with Sheila Zagury in Brazil; she then studied with Natalie Fortin in Paris and had additional instruction in Jazz and Brazilian piano under the tutelage of Leandro Braga. Clarice continued her classical piano studies in the United States with Ed Bedner (Berklee School of Music) and then Bruce Berr at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Composition studies have been with Ilya Levinson, Stacy Garrop, David Rakowski, Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers and Claude Baker. Clarice studied voice with Susan Botti and Judy Blazer. Ms. Assad Holds a Bachelor of Music from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

ASSAD’s works have been published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Criadores do Brasil (OSESP) and in the United States (Virtual Artists Collective Publishing).
For more information, please visit: www.clariceassad.com.

Angélica Negrón

20>>21 with Angélica Negrón

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 8:00pm
The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th St., New York
(click here for directions)
 
20>>21 is thrilled to present composer Angélica Negrón for the opening concert of its inaugural season Rewind and Fast-Forward. The concert will present two pieces by Angélica and will explore music other composers and pieces that influenced her techniques and musical language. Ranging from 1914 to 1999, the program will show a connection between the music of the past century to the music of today, ending with the world premiere of Angélica’s piece Neblina.
 
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Angélica is interested in creating intricate yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time. She writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. She was recently selected by Q2 and NPR listeners as part of “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40” and by Flavorpill as one of the “10 Young Female Composers You Should Know”.
For more information, please visit: www.angelicanegron.com.
 


Program:


David Lang, Sweet Air, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
Julia Wolfe, East Broadway, for toy piano and toy boombox
Angélica Negrón, The Peculiar Purple Pie-man of Porcupine Peak, for piano & pre-recorded electronics
Igor Stravinsky, 3 Pieces for String Quartet
Morton Feldman, Durations I, for alto flute, violin, cello & piano
Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time – Movement V, for cello & piano
Angélica Negrón, Neblina, for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano & accordion. World Premiere
 


Guest Artist:


Angélica Negrón – composer, accordion

Gilad Cohen

20>>21 with Gilad Cohen

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:00pm
The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th St., New York
(click here for directions)
 
20>>21 is thrilled to present composer Gilad Cohen for the second concert of its inaugural season Rewind and Fast-Forward. The concert will present one piece and an arrangement by Cohen and will explore music other composers and pieces that influenced his techniques and musical language.
 

Israeli composer Gilad Cohen (b. 1980) is a versatile musician, active in many musical genres as a composer, arranger, conductor, director and performer. A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Mannes College of Music, Gilad is currently a PhD candidate in Composition in Princeton University. A recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister Award for Composers in 2010 (the most prestigious award for composers in Israel), Gilad’s music was performed by the Nash Ensemble of London, The Israeli Chamber Project, the Meitar Ensemble, the Israeli Symphonietta Beer-Sheva Orchestra, the Israeli Revolution Orchestra, harpist Sivan Magen, violinist Miranda Cuckson, pianist Paul Barnes, the leading Israeli choirs and Braca Baruh choir (Belgrade), at venues such as Morgan Library & Museum (NYC), Merkin Hall (NYC), the International Bach Festival in Toronto, Kolarac Hall (Belgrade) and the Jerusalem Theatre (Israel). Gilad is a winner of the 2011 International Bicentennial Composition Competition of the American Liszt Society, the ACUM Prize (Israeli equivalent of ASCAP) and a national winner of the 2010 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission Contest.
A current student in the Tony-honored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, Gilad is active as a composer for theatre, and has written music for several plays in Israel, as well as for Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan, commissioned and produced by the Program in Theatre in Princeton University in 2010. Gilad has been invited to conduct choirs on many occasions including the Zimriya World Assembly of Choir in Israel and the 2010 Anniversary of Braca Baruh Choir in Kolarec Hall (Belgrade). As a performing musician, Gilad co-directs, sings and plays bass, keyboard and guitar. He has been invited to perform on many stages in the US, Canada and Israel, most recently at Merkin Hall (NYC), Rose Hall at Lincoln Center (NYC) and Symphony Space (NYC).
For more information, please visit: www.giladcohen.com.
 


Program:


George Crumb, Vox Balaenae, for flute, cello & piano
Maurice Ravel, L’Enigme eternelle, for violin & piano
Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No.8
Pink Floyd/Cohen, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, for flute, oboe, piano & string quartet. World Premiere
Gilad Cohen, Ten Variations, for oboe, piano & string quartet. New York Premiere
 


Guest Artists:


Arthur Sato – oboe
Clara Lyon – violin
Kristina Giles – viola

Clint Needham

20>>21 with Clint Needham

 

NEW DATE!!!

 
Friday, March 23, 2012 at 8:00pm
The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th St., New York
(click here for directions)
 

20>>21 is thrilled to present composer Clint Needham for the third concert of its inaugural season Rewind and Fast-Forward. The concert will present a new piece by Needham, Our Last Year on Earth and will explore music other composers and pieces that influenced his style and musical language.
 

The music of Clint Needham has been described as “wildly entertaining” (New York Times), “easy to smile at” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “well-crafted and arresting… riveting” (Herald Times). Recently named winner of the 2011 International Barlow Prize, Clint’s music has been recognized with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 Commission, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the William Schuman Prize/BMI Student Composer Award, the Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, First Prize in the International Ticheli Composition Contest, the Heckscher Prize from Ithaca College, a Lee Ettelson Composer Award and the coveted Underwood New Music Commission from the American Composers Orchestra.

Clint’s orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, and Symphony in C, among others. Various chamber groups including Alarm Will Sound, the American Brass Quintet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, New York Classical Players, Dinosaur Annex, President’s Own Marine Band Brass Quintet, Quintet Attacca, Stanford Wind Quintet, and the Wingra Woodwind Quintet have given performances of his chamber music across the country, as well as in Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Australia.

Upcoming commissions include works for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony’s Hawthorne String Quartet with the Omaha Symphony, and a consortium commission for the Imani Winds, Fifth House Ensemble, & Orpheus Winds from the Barlow Endowment.

Clint’s music is published by the Theodore Presser Company with additional works published by Manhattan Beach Music and Triplo Press. Recordings of his works can be found on the Summit Records and Mark Masters labels, from the United States Air Force Band of the West, and from the American Composers Orchestra’s Digital Release Vol. 1 Series.
For more information, please visit: www.clintneedham.com.

 


Program:


Igor Stravinsky, Soldier’s Tale, for clarinet, violin & piano
Paul Moravec, Passacaglia, for violin, cello & piano
John Adams, Road Movies No.8, for violin & piano
Clint Needham, Our Last Year on Earth, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano. World Premiere
 


Guest Artists:


Balázs Rumy – clarinet
Hajnal Pivnick – violin
Kirsten Jermé – cello

Aleksandra Vrebalov

20>>21 with Aleksandra Vrebalov

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 8:00pm
The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th St., New York
(click here for directions)
 

20>>21 is thrilled to present composer Aleksandra Vrebalov for the fourth and last concert of its inaugural season Rewind and Fast-Forward. The concert will present several pieces by Vrebalov and will explore music other composers and pieces that influenced her style and musical language.
 

ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV has had her works commissioned performed by Kronos Quartet, David Krakauer, Moravian Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Ijsbreker and Providence Festival Ballet, etc. Her most recent works have been commissioned by Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, Carnegie Hall, Clarice Smith Center, and Dusan Tynek Dance Theater. Residencies/festivals include: New York’s New Dramatists, American Lyruc Theater, MacDowell Colony, American Opera Projects, Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, and Tanglewood. Awards/fellowships include 2011 Muzika Klasika Composer of the Year, 2012 Gold Medal from Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad for contribution to opera, American Academy of Art and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, Highsmith Composition Competition, Vienna Modern Master, Soros Fund, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and Douglas Moore Fellowship. Aleksandra holds a B.A. in Composition from Novi Sad University in Serbia, M.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and D.M.A. from the University of Michigan.

For more information, please visit: www.aleksandravrebalov.com


Program:


– Part I –
Aleksandra Vrebalov, Bagatelles, for piano solo
Dmitri Shostakovich, Waltz, for flute, clarinet & piano
Aleksandra Vrebalov, Gar Manches Herz Aria, for soprano & piano
Arnold Schoenberg, Songs Op.2, for soprano & piano
– Part II –
Sofia Gubaidulina, Sounds of the Forest, for flute & piano
Aleksandra Vrebalov, Spell No.5, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, & piano
Morton Feldman, Last Pieces, for piano solo
– Part III –
Krzysztof Penderecki, String Quartet No.1, for violin, violin, viola, & cello
Aleksandra Vrabalov, Ur Song, for soprano, violin, violin, viola, & cello


Guest Artists:


Ariadne Greif – soprano
Hajnal Pivnick – violin
Nicholas Finch – cello
Sheldon Steiger – sound engineer

Support

20>>21’s concerts require scores, rental instruments, and commission fees. As the group is pursuing a not-for-profit status, these are out-of-pocket expenses for group members and are not covered by concert admission fees or foundation grants.
 
Should you wish to make a donation at this time to offset some of the costs of 20>>21’s inaugural season, please contact Artistic Director
Yael Manor at yael@20-21music.org.
 
How your help can make a difference:
     $25 – Gets group members to one rehearsal (via subway)
     $50 – Prints programs for one concert
     $100 – Rents auxiliary instruments
     $250 – Purchases scores for one concert
     $500 – Helps commission a new work
 
20>>21 thanks the following individuals for their support:
     Elena and Michael Abrahams
     Terry Eldh
     Elizabeth Bell Friou
     John and Elizabeth Harkins
     Lyn and Mollie MacLean
     Susan & Dennis Tracey
     Janet Marie Tredwell
     Diana Worley
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