12.1.13 The 2013-14 season begins January 12th! Four chamber concerts + two orchestra concerts! Eight world premieres + 2 NY premieres!! Check out the Season page for details and ticket info.
11.12.13 CONGRATULATIONS to our 2013 COMPETITION CO-WINNERS! Audio and Score Excerpts on the Competition Page!
Eun Young Lee’s “a quiet way” for Soprano, +fl/alto, cl/bs cl, perc, pno, vln, vc
Bryan Christian’s “Chain Shift” for Soprano, cb.fl/piccolo, tenor sax, perc, vln, electronics
With an Honorable Mention to:
Gity Razaz’s La Extraña Carretera, for eight violoncelli
Our 2013 Season Finale Highlights video is now on YouTube!
Pocket Opera Players presented the world premiere of John Eaton’s newest one-act opera Re-routed on October 10,11,12 at Symphony Space
ISCM PRESENTS: GIACOMO MANZONI with CYGUS ENSEMBLE, BODIES ELECTRIC, and SHEER PLUCK.
Wednesday, October 16th, 7:00 PM @ The Italian Academy at Columbia University [1161 Amsterdam Avenue just south of W 118th St]
Giacomo Manzoni Cygnus Quintet
Daniele Venturi Alla Luna (Giacomo Leopardi)
Peyman Farzinpour (ri)percorso
Dina Koston In Memory of Jeanette Walters
John McLachlan Youtunes featuring Bodies Electric
Martin Boykan Diptych for guitar, E horn, fl, vln, vc
Fred Lerdahl Imbrications
Robert Martin Diary of a Seducer featuring Sheer Pluck
Georg Friedrich Haas Quartett für 4 Gitarren
5.2.13 The 2013 COMPETITION is now closed – thank you to all who participated.
THANK YOU - to all who backed our Kickstarter project. Unfortunately, we did not meet our goal. Those who backed the project will not be charged but we welcome and encourage those of who who supported the project to donate directly to the League so that we can give Keith Fitch and Wang Jie the commissions they deserve.
3.10.13 Chamber Concert: PAS de DEUX: Sue Ann Kahn, flute and Lewis Paer, contrabass Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8 PM – Tenri Cultural Institute. See Current Season for complete program.
2.12.13 From Copland to Carey – Three Premieres + Competition Winning Works The League presented the world premiere of Christian Carey’s For Milton, along with the NY premieres of the 2010 Competition winning works by Jordan Kuspa, Luke Dahn, and David Chaitikin at the Tenri Cultural Institute on Sunday, February 24th at 3pm. Stay tuned for video and audio excerpts from the concert!
2.1.13 The 2013 Composers’ Competition is now open! Enter HERE
1.3.13 Happy New Year! Here’s our 2012 Season Finale Montage Video (you can find it on YouTube, too!)
11.6.12 The League is saddened by the passing of our beloved Elliott Carter (December 11, 1908 – November 5, 2012). Elliott has been instrumental in the growth of the League of Composers/ISCM over the years. We’ve had the privilege of performing some of his recent works: In the Distances of Sleep (2006), On Conversing with Paradise (2008), Concertino for Bass Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (2009); we honor Elliott this spring by including his fanfare Call (2003) in our 2013 season finale. Wall Street Journal The Guardian (UK)
2012 – 2013 Season Sneak Preview - Check out the Current Season page for details!
League Chamber Players will open the season in February 2013 with the NY premieres of the 2010 Competition winning works by Luke Dahn and Jordan Kuspa, along with Rhapsody for Cello and Piano by the late David Chaitkin, For Milton, by Christian Carey and Aaron Copland’s Sextet.
Our second chamber concert, scheduled for March 30th, is entitled “Pas de Deux: Sue Ann Kahn, flute and Lewis Paer, contrabass.” With Alan Kay (clarinet) and William Anderson (guitar), the concert will include the world premieres of Alba Potes‘ Tres Instrumentos para un Tema Obstinado (2013), and Pas de Deux (2013) by Allen Shawn. The program also includes the NY premiere of Eugene O’Brien’s Fancies and Goodnights (1994), and Cerberus (1977) by Henry Brant. Rounding out the program is Charles Wuorinen’s Turetzky Pieces (1960).
The 2013 orchestral season finale features new orchestral commissions by recent Charles Ives Scholarship winner Wang Jie and Cleveland Institute of Music composition chair Keith Fitch. The program also includes works by Elliott Carter, Bruce Adolphe, Leon Kirchner, and Eve Beglarian.
Check out the Current Season page for more details!
8.9.12 Congratulations to TRAVIS ALFORD - the 2012 Composers’ Competition winner! Hear his piece, Self, Analyzed (2010) for flute, bass clarinet, percussion, guitar and toy piano on his website. Also, honorable mention goes to Mei-Fang Lin’s work L’Image Reconstituée for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano. See our Competition page for more highlights from this year’s competition!
8.18.12 League Advisory Board Member LEO KRAFT’s newest short film, A New York City Surprisal of the Blackbirds (a true filming of migratory birds), has been released. See the film on You Tube: http://www.
7.25.12 Check out the Photo Gallery (photos by Carrie Leonard) from our 2012 Season Finale!
6.8.12 Congratulations to William Rowe – World New Music Days 2013 has selected his work, The House on the Street, for programming in Slovakia and Austria.
5.8.12 Thank you to all who applied to the 2012 Composers’ Competition. Stay tuned for the results!
1.29.12 The League/ISCM and pianist Eliza Garth celebrated the centennial of John Cage with a performance of his masterpiece for the prepared piano Sonatas and Interludes on Sunday, January 29th at Merkin Hall. Click HERE to read the review in Feast on Music.
12.15.11 The League is saddened by the recent loss of board member David Chaitkin on December 15, 2011. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time. Click here to read his obituary in The New York Times.
11.1.11 Congratulations to Eric Nathan - World Music Days 2012 has selected his piece, Walls of Light, for programming in Belgium 2012.
Check out upcoming concerts and other musical events in our Concert Announcements page.
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As the longest-serving American organization devoted to new music, the League is proud serve its mission to present new music written by emerging and established living composers alongside masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Founded in 1923, the League draws on a remarkably rich history, including such groundbreaking premieres as Schönberg’s Die Glückliche Hand, Béla Bartók’s Village Scenes, Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and Anton Webern’s Symphony for Chamber Orchestra. The League also sponsored the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, many pieces by Aaron Copland, György Ligeti’s Horn Trio, and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlequin. The League has enjoyed long associations with some of America’s most important composers, from Aaron Copland to past honorary Advisory Board Chair Elliott Carter.