2023 Season

Enjoy these videos from our 2023 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

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)