December 3, 2019: Father, My Father by David Adamcyk with Talea Ensemble
7:30 PM19:30

December 3, 2019: Father, My Father by David Adamcyk with Talea Ensemble

Father, My Father

Canadian composer David Adamcyk’s new composition, Father, My Father, is an evening-length concert music reflection on how the #MeToo movement has impacted him as a father. It features a selection of poems, texts, and musical quotations, amongst which are interspersed interviews with individuals of different ages on the subjects of parenthood, gender, relationships, and power. An array of loudspeakers placed around Americas Society’s unique concert space play back these materials and immerse the audience in an audio-collage that alternates with original music, performed by five instrumentalists from Talea Ensemble and vocalist/collaborator Lucy Dhegrae. The result is a tightly woven musical experience that considers the changing roles, attitudes, and interpersonal dynamics of gender in society and family contexts, and contemplates how parenthood, among many other avenues, can affect positive change in the future. Father, My Father is made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.

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7:30 PM19:30

February 10, 2020: Paola Prestini & the New York Philharmonic

Sound and stimulation are set to “on” at this new-music series at The Appel Room, overlooking Central Park. The series continues with Philharmonic musicians joining vocalists in World Premieres by Joan La Barbara, Nicole Lizée, and Paola Prestini — commissioned by the Philharmonic as part of Project 19 — alongside works by Crumb and Berio in a concert hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

Project 19 is a multiyear New York Philharmonic initiative that features commissions by 19 women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

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March 7, 2020: George Benjamin's "Into the Little Hill" at 92Y with Talea Ensemble
8:00 PM20:00

March 7, 2020: George Benjamin's "Into the Little Hill" at 92Y with Talea Ensemble

Lucy Dhegrae & Charlotte Mundy, voices

Talea Ensemble, conducted by James Baker

Into the Little Hill (2006) by George Benjamin

“INTO THE LITTLE HILL was commissioned by the Festival d'Automne à Paris, with contributions from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foudation; Opéra National de Paris; and Ensemble Modern, with contributions from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation Martin and I wanted to tell our lyric tale in the most direct and authentic way possible, not an easy task in the age of TV and cinema. Our solution - where the story-telling as well as the multiple roles are shared between just two singers - acknowledges at all times the artificial nature of sung drama, while still permitting dialogue and characterisation. Occasionally, particularly in heated moments, it approaches the naturalistic. Martin’s text remains faithful to the traditional myth of the Ratcatcher of Hamelin, though it evokes disturbing contemporary resonances too. It also reflects upon the power of music as well as its exploitation in today’s world. … The orchestration employs some highly unusual timbres, ranging from bass flute and cimbalom to banjo and basset-horns. The resultant sonority is often discreet and always, I hope, transparent, so that the vocal lines can occupy the foreground without struggle. Above all I wanted to embed these lines as clearly as possible into the harmonic environment that surrounds them. In this fusion, I believe, lies a crucial expressive resource on the lyric stage.”

—George Benjamin

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May 31, 2019: American Music Festival with Dogs of Desire
7:30 PM19:30

May 31, 2019: American Music Festival with Dogs of Desire

Dogs of Desire

  • Friday, May 31, 2019

  • 7:30 PM  9:30 PM

  • EMPAC Theatre (map)

David Alan Miller, conductor

Lucy Dhegrae, soprano
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano 

The Albany Symphony's acclaimed ensemble, Dogs of Desire, perform innovative new works by today's most adventurous composers.  Hear the Dogs perform new works by Viet Cuong, composer and inventive vocalist Clarice Assad, Water Music NY composer Loren Loiacono, and 2018 Sundance Fellow Composer, Carlos Simon.

Single Tickets are $40.  Enjoy access to this event and all festival events for just $99.



or call the Albany Symphony Box Office at 518.694.3300.

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May 18, 2019: Contemporaneous at Littlefield
7:30 PM19:30

May 18, 2019: Contemporaneous at Littlefield

Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Littlefield | 635 Sackett Street | Brooklyn, NY
in association with World Music Institute
Tickets forthcoming

— wild new music with Contemporaneous and berimbau sextet Projeto Acromusical —

In this groundbreaking collaboration between Contemporaneous and berimbau sextet Projeto Arcomusical, disparate traditions of string instruments collide in an explosion of radical new music that draws from diverse traditions of ancient string instruments. The program builds a musical atlas of the ubiquitous and eclectic history of music for strings, from the kora to the harp to the cello to the berimbau.

In world premiere works written for Contemporaneous and Projeto Arcomusical, visionary composers Elliot Cole and Ian Gottlieb reimagine the sound of the berimbau (the one-string Afro-Brazilian percussion instrument known for its use in capoeira) to stretch its expressive possibilities in a new context. Cole’s piece Roda takes its title and its physical energy from the circular formation that audiences form around capoeira martial art performers. Gottlieb draws on his longtime study of Brazilian music and his time in São Paulo for his new work for both ensembles.

New arrangements map the mold-shattering string playing of revered Gabian kora player Alhaji Bai Konte and psychedelic folk singer/harpist Joanna Newsom onto the whole of Contemporaneous. RODA gives us the chance to imagine the past and future of our world, bound together across time and space by strings across a resonator.


Alhaji Bai Konte (1920-1983), arr David Bloom (b. 1990): Alla L’aa Ke (1973, arr. 2019) — world premiere arrangement
Elliot Cole (b. 1984): Roda (2017, rev. 2019) — world premiere, chamber concerto version
Ian Gottlieb (b. 1990): New work (2019) — world premiere, Contemporaneous commission
Joanna Newsom (b. 1982), arr. Dylan Mattingly (b. 1991): Cosmia (2006, arr. 2019) — world premiere arrangement

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March 15: Longleash Trio at Areté Gallery
7:30 PM19:30

March 15: Longleash Trio at Areté Gallery


Places We Know is a collection of pieces for digital piano trio inspired by the soundscapes of urban and rural streams, rivers, and harbors. Written by Shawn Jaeger for Longleash (Pala Garcia, John Popham, Renate Rohlfing), Places references waterways close to the homes, both past and present, of the artists, exploring the significance of the memory and presence of a place. Using field recordings of Muscota Marsh (Inwood) Red Hook Channel (Brooklyn), Beargrass Creek (Louisville, KY), Coleman Run (Nerinx, KY), and Chenoweth Run (Louisville, KY), Places invokes a specificity of “musical place,” with both direct references to distinct sonic objects (a car horn, cicadas) as well as more abstract sonic metaphors (microtonal tuning systems generated by the original soundscapes themselves). The premiere of Places on March 15 will also feature artist-created field recordings and videos, a sensory library of found objects from each location, and a brief chat with the artists about the process of creating the work. 

Places We Know will be introduced by a special guest performance by mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae.

Places We Know was made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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January 25, 2019: Anthony Braxton's Syntactical Ghost Trance Music at Roulette
8:00 PM20:00

January 25, 2019: Anthony Braxton's Syntactical Ghost Trance Music at Roulette

The Music of Anthony Braxton: Syntactical Ghost Trance // Echo Echo Mirror House

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

The 11-person Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble perform works from Anthony Braxton’s Syntactical Ghost Trance Music system—demonstrating the unique sonic tapestry of the compositions and the possibilities of the vocal choir—in celebration of the release of GTM (Syntax) 2017: an album documenting all twelve compositions of his system recorded under the guidance of Anthony Braxton himself.

The evening closes with a performance of another Braxton music system: Echo Echo Mirror House Music, by the duo of Carl Testa on electronics and Cory Smythe on piano.

Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble (voices):
Roland Burks
Tomas Cruz
Lucy Dhegrae
Chris DiMeglio
K Fung
Nick Hallett
Kyoko Kitamura
Adam Matlock
Anne Rhodes
Kamala Sankaram
Elizabeth Saunders

Carl Testa/Cory Smythe Duo
Carl Testa (electronics)
Cory Smythe (piano)

The Tri-Centric Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the ongoing work and legacy of Anthony Braxton while also cultivating and inspiring the next generation of creative artists to pursue their own visions with the kind of idealism and integrity Braxton has demonstrated throughout his distinguished career. This event is part of Braxton75, an initiative of the Tri-Centric Foundation leading up to the composer’s 75th birthday in 2020, funded in part by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

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3:00 PM15:00

DECEMBER 16, 2018: Premieres at Merkin Concert Hall with Andrew Park Foundation

Lucy sings two world premieres by composers Will Kim and Joseph Lee, winners of the Andrew Park Foundation Composition Prize. With Yezu Woo (violin), Michael Nicolas (cello), Stuart Breczinski (oboe), Yoonah Kim (clarinet), Beomjae Kim (flute), Mélanie Genin (harp), and Tomoki Park (piano).

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7:00 PM19:00

NOVEMBER 30, 2018: Kate Soper's Voices From the Killing Jar with Talea Ensemble

Lucy joins Talea Ensemble for a concert featuring a world premiere by David Adamcyk, and Kate Soper's Voices from the Killing Jar

"In Voices from the Killing Jar, which was written between 2010 and 2012 for the Wet Ink Ensemble ... women in fraught circumstances take the focus in an eight-movement work that is dark, wild, and captivating.

In her 98-page dissertation on the work, Soper explains 'a killing jar is a tool used by entomologists to kill butterflies and other insects without damaging their bodies.' Through Soper's acrobatic soprano solo, accompanied by athletic instrumental parts and plenty of electronics, the piece lets us in on seven women – each in their own killing jars of various types ('hopeless situations, impossible fantasies...') – as well as the keepers of those jars. We see a Murakami character, Lady Macduff and Daisy Buchannan, to name just a few embattled heroines. 'We don't know how all their stories end,' says the composer, but 'four will eventually die violently.' " Read more here

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7:00 PM19:00


Lucy receives one of three Emerging Artist awards from University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The 2018 SMTD Alumni Society Awards recipients are as follows:

  • Hall of Fame Awards

    • Jessye Norman (MM ‘68 voice; Sc.D.Hon ’87)

    • Frank Ticheli (MM '83, trumpet and composition; DMA '87, music composition)

  • Emerging Artist Awards 

    • Lucy Dhegrae (BM ’08, voice)

    • Stephen Siercks (BFA ’07, design and production)

    • Dee Tomasetta (BFA ’14, dance)

  • Paul Boylan Award

    • Janai Brugger (MM ’09, voice)

  • Christopher Kendall Award

    • Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago

Pictured above are the 2018 SMTD Alumni Society Award Winners: Jessye Norman, Frank Ticheli, Janai Brugger, Lucy Dhegrae, Stephen Siercks, Dee Tomasetta, and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago founded by Nicholas Phan, Shannon McGinnis, and Nicholas Hutchinson.

Pictured above are the 2018 SMTD Alumni Society Award Winners: Jessye Norman, Frank Ticheli, Janai Brugger, Lucy Dhegrae, Stephen Siercks, Dee Tomasetta, and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago founded by Nicholas Phan, Shannon McGinnis, and Nicholas Hutchinson.

SMTD Alumni Society Awards Ceremony and Reception

Britton Recital Hall, E. V. Moore Building, 1100 Baits Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Friday, October 5, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The following distinguished alumni will be honored as 2018 award recipients: Jessye Norman (MM '68 voice; Sc.D.Hon '87), Frank Ticheli (MM '83, trumpet and composition; DMA '87, music composition), Lucy Head Dhegrae (BM '08, voice), Stephen Siercks (BFA '07, design and production), Dee Tomasetta (BFA '14, dance), Janai Brugger (MM '09, voice), and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. A reception immediately follows the awards ceremony in the Soderquist Atrium to celebrate the award recipients and the milestone reunion classes. This event is free; online registration required below.

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8:00 PM20:00

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018: Brooklyn Bound at So Percussion's Studio

I’m the third set on the first of two nights of So Percussion’s fabulous mini series Brooklyn Bound. Come enjoy sets by Clara Warnaar and Dan Trueman; I’ll go on around 9:15/9:30pm!

$10 suggested donation


Un lieu verdoyant: hommage à Gérard Grisey (1999) by Philippe Leroux (b. 1959)
with Casey Grev (soprano saxophone)

Excerpt from Le lay de bonne espérance, No. 13 by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)

Sense of Energy (2018) by Esin Gündüz (b. 1983)
by **guest vocalists!!** Roopa Mahadevan and Esin Gündüz

Since 1500 (2011) by Matthew Schickele (b. 1969)

Letter Piece 1: Arsenal, Bahrain, Chihuahua, Darjeeling and Eisenhower (2008) by Matthew Shlomowitz (b. 1975)
with Ariadne Greif (Dhegrae & Digressions)

Check out these fab performers on night 2, Sept 26: Tanner Porter and Annika SocolofskyAshley Fure, and So Percussion.

Sō Percussion will perform works by Angelica NegronEric Bradley Cha-Beach, and more!

Ashley Fure will jam on some sub-audible subwoofers with some friends.

Tanner Porter and Annika Socolofsky, composer-performers each with a particular fondness for text, ballad tradition, and the power of song, present a set with the talents of Sonya Belaya and Nicole Patrick.

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5:30 PM17:30


Jeffrey Brooks' Passion with Contemporaneous at 5:30pm; marathon begins at 10:00am. Free!

MUSIC BY Jeffrey Brooks, Tom Chiu, Fjola Evans, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Nicole Lizee, Dylan Mattingly, Jessie Montgomery, Brendon Randall-Myers, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Gabriella Smith, Galina Ustvolskaya, Alex Weiser, Julia Wolfe, Aleksandra Vrebalov and MORE!

PERFORMANCES BY Terry Riley, Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guests Eric Berryman, Todd Reynolds, and Gyan Riley, Contemporaneous, Eliza Bagg, David Friend, ETHEL, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) and Sam Davol, Flux Quartet, Maya Beiser and Kate Valk, Mazz Swift and Therese Workman, NYU Contemporary Ensemble/Jonathan Haas, Robert Osborne, Val Jeanty and Ravish Momin, Vicky Chow, Xenia Rubinos, So Percussion and MORE!

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