Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2021

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival is back!  We are excited to share the news that this coming April, 2021, we will present three live concerts, with all of the composers and performers participating on stage, live at Symphony Space in the Thalia Theater. The concerts are listed below, and in the coming months I will share with you videos of the composers and performers in our monthly newsletters.  If you are not already on our mailing list to receive these, please e-mail me at so that I can add your name to our contacts.

Here are the upcoming concerts:

The Art of the 21st Century Trombone 

Jorge Machain: Adelante
performed by Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic

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

John Stevens: Kleinhammer Sonata
performed by Steve Norrell, Bass trombone, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Cullan Bryant, 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
Hanako Yamagata Greenberg, pianist

Immigrant Dreams
Part I
Performed by Paul Barnes, piano; Ron Warren, Native American Flute

Ron Warren: Distances Between 2 for Piano (2018) (New York premiere)
performed by Paul Barnes, piano

Ron Warren: Beads for Native American Flute and Piano
performed by Ron Warren, Native American flute, and
Paul Barnes, piano

Philip Glass: Piano Quintet “Annunciation” (2018) (New York premiere)
Arranged for solo piano by Paul Barnes

Victoria Bond: Enite ton Kyrion (world premiere) 
performed by Paul Barnes, piano

Part II
Performed by Percussia: Ingrid Gordon and Frank Cassara, percussion, Susan Jolles, harp; Margaret Lancaster, flute; Ljova, viola

Carlo Nicolau: Immigrant Dream
Alexis Lamb: Murmuration
Ljova (Lev Zhurbin): TBA (Premiere)
Victoria Bond: From the Atlas of Imaginary Places (Premiere)   

Daring Women

Mrs. President
Victoria Bond, composer; Hilary Bell libretto
In honor of the 101st  anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, Cutting Edge Concerts will present scenes from the opera, Mrs. President, about the first woman to run for President. The opera highlights Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States. A true revolutionary, she fought for women’s rights and ran for the country’s highest office in 1872, before women had been granted the right to vote. She was branded “Mrs. Satan” by the press because she posed a threat to society, and jailed on election night. In the final scene, Woodhull, in her prison cell, silenced but not defeated, looks ahead to a future generation of women who will realize her vision of equality.
Sopranos Valerie Bernhardt and Keely Futterer; Mezzo-soprano Katie Hannigan; Tenor Scott Ramsay; Baritone Michael Kelly; Pianist Marc Peloquin 

The Letters of Mademoiselle C.
Dalit Warshaw, composer 
A protégée of Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel (1864 –1943) was among the very few to blaze new pathways for women sculptors and gain recognition, flouting the bourgeois ideals that had determined the proper course of a woman’s life. Claudel was termed a “Woman of Genius,” yet her fall from grace was a disturbing and tragic ending to a young, brilliant career too soon cut short, as she fell into disrepute and ultimately into what her family characterized as madness. In this cycle, Camille Claudel’s story is narrated through a series of five musical “letters,” each addressed to a different significant figure in the artist’s life. The text is significantly inspired from the words of Camille, the sculptor Auguste Rodin, and her brother, the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel.
Nancy Allen Lundy, soprano; Dalit Warshaw, 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 Graf, 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