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Sunday, May 25, 2008

The North/South Chamber Orchestra Premieres Four Works by American Composers on June 10 (Tuesday) at 8 PM!

Ethnic Echoes
Chamber Orchestra Works by Three Generations of American Composers
premieres by

Hayg Boyadjian, Max Lifchitz,
Hilary Tann, & Mary Jeanne van Appledorn

Lisa Hansen, alto flute;
Virginia Shaw,
Claudia Schaer,
Max Lifchitz, conductor

The North/South Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, June 10 at 8 PM

Christ & St Stephen's Church

120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC
Free Admission. No tickets required.

North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 28th season with a concert featuring music by three generations of American composers The North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of conductor Max Lifchitz will be joined by guest artists flutist Lisa Hansen; oboist Virginia Shaw; and violinist Claudia Schaer.

The event will be held on Tuesday, June 10 at 8 PM at the auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen's Church (120 West 69th St) in Manhattan. Admission is free.

The program will open with the New York premiere of Ayre for strings by Texas based Mary Jeanne van Appledorn who is celebrating her 80th birthday this season. Born in Holland, MI, van Appledorn studied with Howard Hanson at the Eastman School of Music. She has taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock since 1951 and has earned yearly ASCAP Award for the last 25 years. Her works have been performed throughout the US, Japan, Russia and Latin America and appear on many recordings including those issued by the North/South label. Commissioned by he Music Teachers National Association, Ayre is a single-movement work inspired by 19th century American Hymns. Its simplicity and directness is both moving and refreshing.

The program will continue with the US premiere of Sevan for alto flute, strings and timpani by Hayg Boyadjian, the Armenian-American composer. Born in 1938 in Paris to Armenian parents, Boyadjian lived in Argentina before settling in the Boston area in 1958. His composition teachers included Alberto Ginastera, Seymour Shiffrin, Alvin Lucier and Edward Cohen. His works have been performed in Argentina, Armenia, Brazil, Europe, Korea, Japan and throughout the US. The Boston Globe referred to his music "as displaying the fine craftsmanship associated with a master like Hindemith." Sevan is the name of the large lake in the Caucasus Mountains of Armenia that provided inspiration to the composer.

Flutist Lisa Hansen will be the featured Sevan soloist. Ms. Hansen's recent recording of Nielsen's Flute Concerto was warmly praised by Fanfare Magazine and her recording of Rodrigo's Concerto Pastoral for the EMI label has been broadcast by radio stations throughout the world. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Hansen has performed with North/South Consonance since 1988.

English oboist Virginia Shaw will be the featured soloist in the US premiere of Shakkei, a recently completed concerto by Welsh-born Hilary Tann. The John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College in Upstate New York, Ms. Tann's orchestral compositions have been performed by prominent ensembles including among others, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; the European Women's Orchestra; the National Orchestra of Wales; the San Francisco Women's Philharmonic; and the KBS Philharmonic in Seoul, Korea.

Shakkei, a term used in Japanese landscape design, means "borrowed scenery." The first movement of the work was inspired by Mount Hiei as viewed from Shoden-ji, a temple with a dry landscape garden. The second movement was inspired by the hills of Arashimaya as viewed from Tenryu-ji, a temple with a lush garden. Its musical language is somewhat reminiscent of Impressionism.

Oboist Virginia Shaw was joint first prize winner of the 1995 Isle of Wight International Oboe Competition. A founder of the new music collective Okeanos, Ms. Shaw has premiered several oboe concerti written especially for her by British composers including Kenneth Leighton and John McCabe.

The concert will close with the New York premiere of Intervencion (Intervention) for violin and chamber orchestra by North/South Consonance's founder Max Lifchitz. Born in Mexico City, Mr. Lifchitz has resided in New York since 1966 where he maintains an active career as performer and composer. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, Lifchitz has received grans and fellowships from among others, the ASCAP, Ford and Guggenheim Foundations; the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Canadian violinist Claudia Schaer will be the featured soloist. A graduate of The Juilliard School and SUNY Stony Brook, Ms. Schaer and taught has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe and China where she was named guest professor at the Guangxi Arts College of Nanning. An advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Schaer has performed at the Lucerne Music Festival under the baton of Pierre Boulez.

Intervencion was composed in the summer of 1976 under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts commemorating the US Bicentennial. The title of the three movement work refers to the instrumental plan of the work: while the solo violin clearly dominates the first movement of the composition, the ensemble gradually "intervenes" in the soloist's territory eventually assuming an equal role to that of the solo instrument in the closing movement. Intervencion was premiered in Minneapolis, MI on September 28, 1976 by violinist Romuald Tecco and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dennis Russell Davies.

The composers will be on hand to introduce their works and meet with the audience during intermission and after the concert. All participants in the event are available to the press for interviews and may be contacted through our office at (212) 663-7566 or by e-mail at

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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