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56x54: But Wait! There's More!
January 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

A Program of 15 Short Contemporary Works

"56 by 54 refers to a series of world premiere performances written in response to a Call for Scores issued in 2015, and the results have provided a generous share of the repertoire for recent E4TT recitals." (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio, June 30, 2018)


15 Short Works by Contemporary Composers (8 by women and 7 by men):

  • Missy Mazzoli (2018 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer in Residence), "Map of Laughter" (piano). Listen to it

  • Elena Ruehr (2014 Guggenheim Fellow), "Prelude Variations" (viola, piano). Listen to her "Rumengling" for violin and piano

  • Laura Schwendinger (2000 Berlin Prize), "All the Pretty Horses" (cello). Listen to her "Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer" for chamber ensemble:

  • Sarah Kirkland Snider (2014 Detroit Symphony Orchstra's Elaine Lebenbaum Memorial Prize for Women Composers), "Prelude" (piano). Listen to it

  • From the Call for Scores:

  • Melanie Mitrano, "Phobias & Infatuations," #3-4 (West Coast Premiere). Listen to #7, "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" (soprano, piano):

  • Jerry Casey, "Anna's Song" (soprano, piano). Listen to her "Out of the Depths."

  • Loretta Notareschi, "Love Songs," #1 (soprano, piano). Watch her "No Fascist USA" for amplified ukelele.

  • World Premiere

  • Carlos Dos Santos (Call for Scores), "Eu Durmo Comigo," (soprano, piano).Listen to his "Humoristico: Fantasia para Marimba e Grupo de Camera"

  • More West Coast Premieres
  • Scott Etan Feiner (Call for Scores), "Paper Money" (soprano, piano). Listen to it

  • Derek Jenkins (Call for Scores), "Nach Raum und Zeit," #1-3 (soprano, piano). Listen to it.

  • Sam Krahn (Call for Scores), "Missed Connections (A Craigslist Song Cycle), #1 & #3 (soprano, piano). Watch #1: The 39 Bus, Perkins Street Stop m4m 39

  • PLUS
  • Dan Senn (Call for Scores), Microdramatic Songs #3 (soprano, piano). Watch his "Its Mirror" for solo flute.

  • Musicians: Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Anne Lerner-Wright, cello; and guests Chelsea Hollow, soprano, Julie Michael, viola; and Taylor Chan, piano


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