2023-2024 Season

May 24, 2023:
The Way of Mountains and Desert

Paul Barnes was the featured artist in the opening concert of the 2023 Season. Performing the New York premiere of The Way of Mountains and Desert by Native American flutist and composer Ron Warren, he was joined by James Nyoraku Schlefer who performed his composition Sidewalk Dances on the shakuhachi. Nyoraku Schlefer was joined by a string trio to perform Rashomon by Victoria Bond. Barnes’s arrangement of Sacagawea by Philip Glass, with whom he has a long history of collaboration, featured Ron Warren on Native flute. Additional works by Ron Warren filled out the program, which culminated in an improvised duet by the two flutists.

This program was made possible by the generous support of Liana K. Sandin and the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation.

THE WAY OF MOUNTAINS AND DESERT: May 24, 2023 at Kosciuszko Foundation, NYC. Performers include James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi; Ron Warren, Native flute; Pauline Kim, violin; Chieh-Fan Yiu, viola; and Caleb van der Swaagh, cello.

Sidewalk Dances by James Nyoraku Schlefer

Lunas y Agua by Ron Warren No.5

Piano Concerto No. 2, “After Lewis and Clark by Philip Glass

II. Sacagawea

Rashomon byVictoria Bond

Love Song for This Earth by Ron Warren

The Way of Mountains and Desert (NY Premiere) by Ron Warren

Beads by Ron Warren

September 6: The Road Not Taken

STRING THEORY
September 6, 2023 at Symphony Space, NYC
Performers include Eliesha Nelson, viola; Miranda Cuckson, violin; and Brian Thornton, cello.

Jasmine Flower by Victoria Bond. Performed by Eliesha Nelson, viola

Tooth and Nail by Missy Mazzoli. Performed by Eliesha Nelson, viola

becoming clear by Jeffrey Mumford. Performed by Eliesha Nelson, viola

fleeting cycles of layed air by Jeffrey Mumford
I. Molto sonoro ed espressivo
II. Lontano
Performed by Miranda Cuckson, violin

The road not taken by Ileana Perez Velasquez. Performed by Miranda Cuckson, violin

Vulnerable by Nina Barzegar. Performed by Brian Thornton, cello

Cello Sonata by Mina Arissian. Performed by Brian Thornton, cello

September 9: Cutting Edge Concerts and The Village Trip present Michael Kelly and Bradley Moore

NEIGHBORS, LOVERS, AND FRIENDS: Presented in collaboration with The Village Trip Festival at Salmagundi Club, NYC, on September 9th, 2023. Performers include Michael Kelly, baritone, and Bradley Moore, piano.

Voyage by E. Carter (1908-2012), text by H. Crane (1899-1932)

From an Antique Land by V. Bond (b. 1945)

– Recuerdo (text by E.S.V. Millay – 1892-1950)

– Ozymandias (text by P.B. Shelley – 1792-1822)

– Spring and Fall: To a Young Child (text by G.M. Hopkins – 1844-1889)

– On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven (text by Millay)

Blowin’ in the Wind (from Mr. Tambourine Man) by J. Corigliano (b. 1938), text by B. Dylan (b. 1941)

After Him by J. Glover (b. 1983)

– Sonnet 16 (text by R. Barnfield – 1574-1620)

– The Afternoon Sun (text by C.P. Cavafy – 1863-1933, trans. M. Kelly)

– A-Void (text by M. Kelly – b. 1982)

– 10 (from Anamnesis – text by M. Kelly)

 – 4 (from Mayakovsky – text by F. O’Hara – 1926-1966)

Viva Sweet Love by John Musto (b. 1954)

– As Is the Sea Marvelous (text by E. E. Cummings – 1894-1962)

– Rome (In the Café) (text by J. Laughlin – 1914-1997)

– You Came as a Thought (text by Laughlin)

– Crystal Palace (text by Laughlin)

– Sweet Spring (text by E. E. Cummings)

Eighth Avenue Bossa Nova by M. Hennessy (b. 1953), text by P. Brass (b. 1947)

UPCOMING: March 12, 2024

Cassatt Quartet with Ursula Oppens

Enjoy videos from our 2022 season!

The theme for our 2022 Festival was ‘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.

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with keyedup music project
10.22.22
Tenri Cultural Center, 43A West 13th Street, NY, NY 10011

Robert Helps: Recollections and Epilogue
Marc Peloquin, piano

Victoria Bond: Goodbye My Fancy (Walt Whitman)
Art and Science (Albert Einstein) Dennis Tobenski, baritone; Marc Peloquin, piano

Dalit Warshaw: Different Loves performed by the composer

Victoria Bond: Illuminations on Byzantine Chant
Marc Peloquin, piano

David Del Tredici: Gay Life performed by Dennis Tobenski, baritone; Marc Peloquin, piano

Cutting Edge Concerts partners with The Village Trip!

September 17: Bowers/Fader Duo

September 23: Philip Glass at 85

4.6.22
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

click/tap here for video archive of Percussia’s partnership

5.13.22
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
Tickets: www.sheencenter.org

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 

6.12.22
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

10.22.22
From an Antique Land

Marc Peloquin
Composer Dalit Warshaw

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

Robert Helps: Recollections and Epilogue
Marc Peloquin, piano

Victoria Bond: Goodbye My Fancy (Walt Whitman)
Art and Science (Albert Einstein) Dennis Tobenski, baritone; Marc Peloquin, piano

Dalit Warshaw: Different Loves performed by the composer

Victoria Bond: Illuminations on Byzantine Chant
Marc Peloquin, piano

David Del Tredici: Gay Life performed by Dennis Tobenski, baritone; Marc Peloquin, piano

Concert Programs

4.6.22
From the Atlas of Imaginary Places

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with Percussia

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 33-50 82nd St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Victoria Bond: From the Atlas of Imaginary Places

Alexis Lamb: Murmuration
Dennis Tobenski: Starfish

5.13.22
How Gulliver Returned Home in a Manner that was Very Not Direct

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with Mostly Modern Projects

Victoria Bond: How Gulliver Returned Home in a Manner that was Very Not Direct with Stephen Greco, librettist; Doug Fitch, director

Herschel Garfein: King of the River

Robert Paterson: The Companion 

6.12.22
Japan Songs

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with Kyo-Shin-An Arts

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

10.22.22

Cutting Edge Concerts in partnership with All Keyed Up

Robert Helps: Recollections and Epilogue
Marc Peloquin, piano

Victoria Bond: Goodbye My Fancy (Walt Whitman)
Art and Science (Albert Einstein) Dennis Tobenski, baritone; Marc Peloquin, piano

Dalit Warshaw: Different Loves performed by the composer

Victoria Bond: Illuminations on Byzantine Chant
Marc Peloquin, piano

David Del Tredici: Gay Life performed by Dennis Tobenski, baritone; Marc Peloquin, piano