Issue #59

Last Update September 23, 2008

ARTS Local Music by David Katz May 5, 2007  One the great strengths of New York City is its position as a mecca for the arts. In addition to all of the world class institutions that make their homes here, home-grown organizations provide a path for aspiring artists to hone their skills and for gifted amateurs to find an outlet for their talents. Musical organizations are especially numerous, and of high quality. Two of these organizations have been mentioned in our pages before: The New York Mandolin Orchestra, and the New York Composers Circle. Both have concerts in June.

Formed in 1924, The New York Mandolin Orchestra is the only classical mandolin orchestra that has played continuously in the New York metropolitan area for the past 83 years. Being community based, the orchestra performs in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, neighborhood centers, and small theaters. NYMO will be presenting its 83rd annual spring concert at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 3, 2007. 

The concert will be held at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services at 345 East 15th Street, near First Avenue. (Take the L train to the 1st Avenue station or it’s a short walk from the 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W trains at the Union Square station.) There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children under 14 are admitted free. 

Jeffrey Ellenberger will conduct the orchestra in a program of familiar music by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, DukeEllington, Scott Joplin and others. 

For more information regarding the New York Mandolin Orchestra, please visit the orchestra's website, . 

The New York Composers Circle was founded to promote the composition and expand the audiences for contemporary classical music.  It will be holding its next concert at Saint Peters at Citicorp,  Lexington & 54th Street, on June 5, 2007 at 8pm. There is a $15 suggested donation, payable at the door.

All works to be performed at this concert are by member composers. The program includes:
Carl Kanter, String Quartet No. 9
Fedor Kabalin, Episodes for String Quartet
John de Clef Piñeiro, Suite Thématique
Chris Montgomery, Of Jean Renaud: Variations on a French Folksong
Bill Vanaver, Plovdiv Trilogy
Cesar Vuksic, Nana
Paul Moravec, Vita Brevis

For more information regarding the New York Composers Circle, please visit the website, 

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