Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival exists to celebrate, support and promote the work of living composers. Over the past 25 years, works by more than 200 composers have been played by some of the best chamber music performing artists in the country. Audiences have delighted to dozens of world premieres and hundreds of on-stage conversations with the composers themselves. The 2022 season marks the 25th year of the concert series, which Chamber Music America has called “a full-throttle commitment to contemporary music.”

The theme for our 2022 Festival is ‘Bringing People Together’. Because of the stress, loneliness and isolation of the past year, Welltone New Music believes now is the time to bring people together with music that expresses uplifting spiritual themes of hope. To accomplish this, Cutting Edge Concerts will bring together four arts organizations during the 2022 season that share its vision, performing in different locations throughout the metropolitan area, along with live streaming offerings, and producing a season that powerfully expresses our theme.

From the Atlas of Imaginary Places

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with Percussia
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
33-50 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372; 4:30 – 6:00PM

Victoria Bond: From the Atlas of Imaginary Places
Alexis Lamb: Murmuration
Dennis Tobenski: Starfish

How Gulliver Returned Home in a Manner that was Very Not Direct

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with Mostly Modern Projects
Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, NY, NY 10012; 8:00 PM

How Gulliver Returned Home in a Manner that was Very Not Direct
Victoria Bond, composer; Stephen Greco, librettist; Doug Fitch, director; Victoria Bond, conductor
Cast: Ariadne Greif; Glen Seven Allen; Peter Van Derick
Herschel Garfein: Untitled Work
Robert Paterson: The Companion 

Japan Songs

Shakuhachi virtuoso James Nyoraku Schlaefer

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with Kyo-Shin-An Arts
Tenri Cultural Center, 43A West 13th Street, NY, NY 10011

Featuring composers Aleksandra Vrebalov, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Paul Moravec, Douglas Cuomo, Jay Reise, and Victoria Bond

From an Antique Land

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with All Keyed Up
Tenri Cultural Center, 43A West 13th Street, NY, NY 10011

Victoria Bond: From an Antique Land
Michael Kelly, baritone; Bradley Moore, piano
Dalit Warshaw: Different Loves
Dalit Warshaw, piano
David Del Tredici: selected songs
Michael Kelly, baritone; Marc Peloquin, piano

2021 Festival Highlights

The Art of the 21st Century Trombone 

Jorge Machain: Adelante
performed by Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic; Martha Locker, pianist

Harrison J. Collins: The Beginning of Spring
performed by John Romero, Principal Trombone, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Hanako Yamagata Greenberg, pianist

Kenneth Fuchs: Bass Trombone Concerto
performed by George Curran, Bass trombone, New York Philharmonic
Hanako Yamagata Greenberg, pianist

Anthony Barfield: Red Sky
performed by Colin Williams, Associate Principal Trombone, NY Philharmonic; Hanako Yamagata Greenberg, pianist 

Victoria Bond: The Voices of Air
performed by JoDee Davis, Professor of Trombone
Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory
Dan Velicer, pianist

Immigrant Dreams

Ron Warren: Distances Between 2  (New York premiere)
performed by Paul Barnes, piano

Philip Glass: Piano Quintet “Annunciation”  (New York premiere)
Part One; Part Two (transcribed for solo piano by Paul Barnes)
performed by Paul Barnes, piano

David von Kampen: Trisagion (New York premiere)
performed by Paul Barnes, piano

Victoria Bond: Three Illuminations on Byzantine Chant (world premiere) 
performed by Paul Barnes, piano

Highlights from Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2019

Philip Glass, Paul Barnes and Victoria Bond at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival.

Composer: Maria Newman
Hal Ott, flute; Maria Newman, violin; Scott Hosfeld, viola

“Traditional Byzantine Chant”
Osi is Hriston; Simeron Kremate; Einite ton Kyrion
Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir
Demetrios Kehagias, conductor

“Simeron Kremate”
Composer: Victoria Bond
Paul Barnes, piano

Piano Quintet “Annunciation”
Composer: Philip Glass
Paul Barnes, piano; Maria Newman, violin; Laura Hamilton, violin; Scott Hosfeld, viola; David Geber, cello

“The Adventures of Gulliver”
Composer: Victoria Bond
Librettist: Stephen Greco
Director: Doug Fitch

Michael Kelly, baritone Old Gulliver
Ariadne Greif, soprano Mrs. Gulliver
Sean Christensen, tenor Young Gulliver
Yoojin Lee, mezzo-soprano Glumdalclitch
David Charles Tay, tenor Lilliputian King
Daniel Klein, bass-baritone Houyhnhnm Master
Marc Peloquin, pianist

February 25

The Poetry of Places
February 25, 2019, 7:30 pm

Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman, pianist
The Poetry of Places CD Release Celebration

Harold Meltzer, “In Full Sail”
Jack Van Zandt, “Sí an Bhrú”
Hannah Lash,  “Give Me Your Songs”
Amy Beth Kirsten, “h.o.p.e. for piano, toy piano, and voice”
James Matheson, “Alone, in waters shimmering and dark”
Victoria Bond, “Mechanical Dolls”
Lewis Spratlan, “Two Rags”

“Amatsu Kaze”
Composer: Paul Chihara
Sophia Maekawa, mezzo-soprano; Elizabeth Mann, flute; Alan Kay, clarinet The Horszowski Trio Jesse Mills, violin; Paul Wiancko, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano