Two works to receive World Premieres at Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s 28th Annual Contemporary Music Festival

Two works to receive World Premieres at Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s 28th Annual Contemporary Music Festival

Week-long Festival begins May 15

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s 28th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music, held Monday, May 15, 2017, through Sunday, May 21, 2017 will include two world premieres commissioned by the School. The world premiere of Adam Birnbaum’s Sailing will be performed by one of the School’s jazz ensembles during the “Jazz A to Z” concert on Monday, May 15, at 8:00 pm at the School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale. The second piece, by award-winning composer Steven Snowden, for string quintet (two violins, viola, cello and bass), will be premiered at the Festival’s culminating concert on Sunday, May 21, at 7:00 pm at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation in White Plains.

The School’s relationship with Steven Snowden is made possible by Copland House, with which Hoff-Barthelson has had a long and mutually beneficial relationship. Both organizations are devoted to introducing students and audiences to contemporary music and to the nurturing and development of emerging composers.

Performances occurring during the Festival include student and faculty recitals, performances by the Festival Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles and Chamber Choir.

“The Contemporary Festival is one of the most exciting, creative events of the school year here at Hoff-Barthelson,” says Executive Director Ken Cole. “We hope you’ll join us for this dynamic celebration of new music!”

Performances and Events at Hoff-Barthelson Music School:
A key component of the Contemporary Festival is the HB Compose Yourself! Project, a rare opportunity for students to interact with and receive feedback at a master class with renowned, award-winning composers. Guest composers for 2017 are Louise Beach and Gregg Kallor. Works created for this project will be performed on the HB Compose Yourself! Project Recital, on Saturday, May 20 at 6 pm. A second event, Young Composers’ Workshop Recital, presents works by our very youngest composers and takes place on Monday, May 15 at 6:15 pm.

In addition to these two events and the “Jazz A to Z” concert, faculty and student soloists and ensembles can be heard in recitals on Wednesday, May 17 at 8:00 pm; Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 pm; Friday, May 19 at 6:15 and 8:00 pm; and Saturday, May 20 at 1:30, 2:45, 4:15, and 8:00 pm.

All events held at the School are free of charge.

Performance at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation:
The Festival culminates with a concert on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains. A highlight of the Festival, the concert features a wide-range of music and will feature the premiere of Steven Snowden’s string quintet, performed by a student ensemble and will conclude with a performance by the Festival Orchestra of Leonard Bernstein’s joyful Overture to Candide, under the direction of Jun Nakabayashi. Admission is a suggested donation of $15. Students may attend for free.

For Additional Information:
For additional information: 914-723-1169, hb@hbms.org, www.hbms.org.

About Festivals in Style:
Hoff-Barthelson Music School presents an annual series of recitals and concerts that explore specific periods of music. “The Contemporary Festival” highlights the music of the 20th and 21st centuries and is held annually in May. “The Baroque and Beyond Festival” and “Spanning the Centuries . . . 1750-1900 Festival” focus on music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods and take place in alternating years.

 About Hoff-Barthelson Music School:
One of Westchester County’s most cherished and active cultural resources, Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and outreach. The School celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019-2010.

Pictured: Composer Steven Snowden

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
468 Rosedale Avenue
White Plains, New York 10605
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ticket pricing:

$15 - Adults - Suggested donation
Free of charge - Students

Presenter: Hoff-Barthelson Music School
Presenter Phone: 914-723-1169
Presenter Website: www.hbms.org