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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

[New York] Celebrating Harold Schiffman on March 9 at the Morgan Library & Museum

Harold Schiffman at 80!
performers will include

Gail Seaton, soprano; Jane Perry-Camp, piano;
The North/South Consonance Ensemble

Sunday, March 9 at 3 PM

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Ave (at 36th St)
New York City

E-mail reservation requests to

North/South Consonance, Inc. will mark the 80th birthday of the distinguished American composer Harold Schiffman on Sunday afternoon March 9.

The program will include vocal and instrumental works by Mr. Schiffman written between 1951 and 2007.

The concert will start at 3 PM and will take place at the Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Ave) in Manhattan.

While admission to the event is free, reservations are required.

E-mail reservation requests directed to will be accepted until Friday evening, March 7.

Harold Schiffman (b. 1928; Greensboro, NC) studied composition with Roger Sessions and Ernst von Dohnnyi. Following three years of service in the army, Schiffman joined the faculty of Florida State University in 1959 where he taught until 1983.

Schiffman has composed in virtually all media and has received commissions from among others, the Artea Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco; the North/South Chamber Orchestra in New York; the Mallarm Chamber Players in North Carolina; and the Gyr Philharmonic in Hungary.

In addition to performances throughout the US, Schiffman's music has been performed in Europe, Latin America and the Far East. A member of ASCAP, His publishers include Associated/G. Schirmer; Southern Music Co.; Robert King/Alphonse Leduc; and Harp Hungarica. His works are available on the Centaur and North/South Recordings labels.

The March 9 program will feature the premiere of Blood Mountain, a song-cycle based on poetry by Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina's state poet. The recently completed song-cycle will be performed by soprano Gayle Seaton and pianist Jane Perry-Camp. Ms. Seaton is a versatile singer who has performed many operatic roles and now directs the Music Theatre Program at Florida State University. Pianist Jane Perry-Camp studied with Edward Kilenyi and Ernst von Dohnny. She has performed throughout the US and Europe and has recorded several Schiffman works.

The varied program will also include the world premiere of Duo Concertante for violin and clarinet; the Fantasy-Suite for solo viola; and Seven Bagatelles for flute and oboe. These works will be performed by members of the grammy nominated North/South Consonance Ensemble including Aaron Boyd, violin; Richard Goldmith, clarinet; Lisa Hansen, flute; Gary Hamme, oboe; and Ah-Ling Neu, viola.

The concert will conclude with a performance of Schiffman's monumnetal Sonata No. 1 for piano written in 1951. Pianist Max Lifchitz who the American Record Guide referred to as "one of America's finest exponents of American piano music" will be the featured performer.

Mr. Schiffman will be on hand to introduce his works to the audience. He will be joined by poet Kathryn Stripling Byer. All the artists will meet with the audience following the concert.

North/South Consonance's 2007-08 season is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For further information about its activities, including concerts and recordings, please visit

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