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C4 December 2013 Newsletter
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C4's 2013 Year-End Annual Appeal is Underway!

 

2013 has been an extraordinary year for C4, and we’re looking forward to a wave of exciting projects and new opportunities in 2014! This past year, we accomplished everything we set out to do and more – in no small part because of YOU and your role in our lives as audience members, fans, donors and friends.  If you'd like to know more, you can read about our Annual Appeal in a message from Gregory Eaton, the Chairman of our brand-new Board of Directors.

As 2013 draws to a close, we invite you to consider making a tax-deductible contribution through
our website or by check. No donation is too small, and every gift makes a difference!

In addition to your financial gift, of course, you support us most by attending our performances. Please visit our website for information on the
upcoming winter and spring concerts, and join us on our continuing mission to Innovate | Elevate the choral music experience for audiences and singers alike in New York City and beyond.

 

Announcing C4's
2014 Commissioning Competition!

 



In Spring 2010, we were overwhelmed to receive over 200 submissions in response to the announcement of our inaugural competition – but all the hard work paid off at our "Unveiled" concerts, on which we premiered the finalists' newly-created works.

Following this very successful endeavor, C4 is very excited to be launching our 2nd Commissioning Competition!

This new incarnation of the competition will give three winners the opportunity to compose new works for C4, to receive
prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $600, and to join us in New York for the world premieres of their works on our March 2015 shows. 

While there are no age or geographical restrictions for interested composers (and NO application fee!), this
C4 Commissioning Competition will require entrants to submit 2 works for evaluation: one a cappella choral work and another in any form of the composer's choosing. 

Members from within C4 will review the materials, narrowing the field to approximately twenty semi-finalists whose submissions indicate the most promise regarding their ability to create exciting new works for C4.

For the next phase, we'll call in the big guns.  We're very pleased to have engaged renowned composers Eric Banks, James Bassi, and Aaron Jay Kernis to further narrow the field and select the three finalists.

Once notified of their selection, around April 1, 2014, the finalists will compose new 4-7 minute a cappella works for C4, with a required completion date of August 1, 2014.

The distinguished panel will then reconvene to select first, second, and third place winners in advance of the premiere concerts.

Applications are due by February 1, 2014, and the competition guidelines and submission information are available
HERE.
  Please help us spread the word, and tell your composer friends about this opportunity!
 

 

 

C4: New and Noteworthy
 



Earlier this month, C4 returned to the recording studio to lay down some new tracks for inclusion on our next CD.  This time, we recorded 4 pieces from last month's "Heritage" concerts: Ester Mägi's Siin mu rõõmumaa, Joe Rubinstein's How She Went to Ireland, Bettina Sheppard's Caerphilly, and Karen Siegel's Shirei Shira.  Sharing the conducting duties were C4's own Daniel Andor, Karen Siegel, Fahad Siadat, and Martha Sullivan.

Hayes Biggs reports: "On December 8 Andrew Steinberg performed my work The Trill Is Gone, for solo tenor saxophone, in Manhattan School of Music's Solomon Mikowsky Hall."
 
Hayes also has a premiere coming up: "On January 18, my Prelude and Freund's Fuguing Tune in E (Noch einmal nach Bach), composed in honor of the 65th birthday of my teacher, composer and pianist Don Freund, will receive its premiere at the hands of its dedicatee at Indiana University's Auer Hall."


James Bilodeau, bass, recently finished work as post production engineer on a full length album of new work by theater composers Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar, known as Lyons and Pakchar. Their album, #Love Live, was released in the first week of December and is available on iTunes.


Suzanne Schwing has been selected as one of the three soloists for the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe's The End of Tonight, written for 3 female voices, 3 cellos, and piano, on poems of Nathalie Handal.  The performance will take place in Soho at The Greene Space on May 17, 2014 as part of the final concert in the inaugural season of St. Urban, a concert series curated by Artistic Director and pianist Lenore Fishman Davis, who also commissioned this work for the occasion.

Fahad Siadat has recently been appointed Conductor of the Columbia Glee Club and as a member of the Voice Faculty at PeriDance Studio's Certificate Program.  He also did the music for a new dance piece called Protecting Sparsity which was recently premiered in New Hampshire by the Florida-based Jacksonville Dance Theater. 

Karen Siegel has been selected as an academic speaker for Harvard University’s Graduate Student Conference on Color and Music, taking place in February 2014.  She will be presenting a paper on Timbral Tension and Release in Kaija Saariaho's vocal work From the Grammar of Dreams.
 
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