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From Elmira Darvarova, President & Artistic Director,



The New York Chamber Music Festival will take place for the fourth consecutive year this September at Symphony Space (Peter J. Sharp Theatre), establishing itself as one of the most prestigious chamber music events in the country, and earning accolades in the press, being praised as, arguably, THE most important music series in New York this fall. We take great pride in this honor. As a nonprofit arts organization, we strive for bold programming and to present artists with exciting new voices.


Last year we opened our festival on September 11, commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 with a free concert of poetry and music, hosted by «Law and Order» actor B.D. Wong, and attended by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who traveled from Washington, DC to be with us on this special occasion and to honor us with her spoken tribute! Also in attendance on 9/11 was the Rev. Al Sharpton who profoundly moved the audience with his deeply felt words of closure. Among our 9/11 performers were legendary jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, prominent pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Scott Dunn, the great tango pianist Octavio Brunetti and the eternally young “Renaissance man” David Amram. In the audience that night were politicians, diplomats, and the chief engineer of the Twin Towers, Mr. Leslie Robertson.


This year we will open our festival on September 5, the exact date of John Cage’s 100th birthday, with a marathon of John Cage works, starting with a free presentation “John Cage on Film” at 12 PM, continuing at 3 PM with “Lecture on the Weather”, featuring 12 prominent composers (headlined by José Serebrier,  Joan Tower, David Del Tredici, Ned Rorem and David Amram) as readers from Thoreau texts, followed by Adam Tendler’s performance of “Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano”, and continuing at 8 PM with a collection of stellar John Cage gems, including “Living Room Music”, “Branches” and “The City Wears a Slouch Hat”, featuring the MET Orchestra percussion section, conducted by famous MET maestro Derrick Inouye, and with the participation of MET Opera star, bass- baritone Morris Robinson and New York City Opera star soprano Karen Beardsley Peters as Woman in “The City Wears a Slouch Hat”. NOT TO BE MISSED!


On the very next day, September 6, we will celebrate Joan Tower’s birthday with a fabulous concert of her chamber works, with the participation of superstar flutist Carol Wincenc, eminent pianist Blair McMillen, the much acclaimed Escher String Quartet and the world renowned Da Capo Chamber Players, in the presence of Joan Tower herself! BE THERE!


Our showcasing of noteworthy American composers continues on the next day, September 7, with a program of David Amram’s chamber music, featuring performances by musicians from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, readings from Jack Kerouac’s iconic “On the Road” by “Sopranos” actor John Ventimiglia, and featuring performances by multi-instrumentalist David Amram himself! DON’T MISS IT!


And these are just some of the highlights of just the first three festival days, with much more to come, including a recital by Philip Myers (principal horn of the New York Philharmonic), a Massenet centennial celebration with French tenor Damien Top, a Chopin recital by the great-great-grandson of legendary composer Scriabin - the much talked about Elisha Abas, a New York Philharmonic brass trio performance, a concert of the New York Piano Quartet with a program by Austrian composers, an amplified violin performance by former “Ethel” member Cornelius Dufallo, a tango night with Grammy- winning pianist Octavio Brunetti, a flute & piano recital by MET Opera musicians Maron Khoury and Bryan Wagorn, 2 opera transcription premieres by fabulous rock-star pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski, a free “Brahms & Friends” program, a French rarities concert by MET Orchestra musicians, presenting works written during World War II at the Oflag XB prison camp, a recital by violin virtuoso and Dallas Symphony co-concertmaster Gary Levinson, the New York debut recital of Duo Bellarosa- Vergini (saxophone and piano) from Italy, winners of the prestigious Salieri-Zinetti international competition for chamber music in Verona and Mantova, a free “Very Young Composers” program, featuring our future Mozarts, all this culminating with an evening of American song, presented by legendary MET star soprano Carole Farley, accompanied by the distinguished composers Ned Rorem, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec and David Leisner. NOT TO BE MISSED!


We also are proud of presenting this fall a multitude of premieres – 10 world premieres, 3 American premieres and 9 New York premieres - all this in the span of just 11 days, September 5-15. 


Will you help us continue full-steam ahead? We need your help to make sure the New York Chamber Music Festival can continue to be a great and unique presence in the artistic life of the planet, recognized nationally and internationally.


Make a gift of $25, $50, $100 or more today. Make your gift now to count your contribution toward your 2012 taxes. Please send a check payable to the New York Chamber Music Festival, and addressed to P.O. Box 231284, New York, NY 10023.


Many thanks and best wishes,


Elmira Darvarova, 

President & Artistic Director, 

New York Chamber Music Festival