Category Archives: CU Community Performances

Good Music, for a Good Cause! Saturday 4/21, 7:30pm

Join the Society of Emerging Artists, an orchestra featuring talented musicians from Columbia (including from Columbia Classical Performers), as well as from Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and NYU, in a benefit concert for the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. The suggested donation is $5-10. The concert will be held at Holy Trinity Church, 213 W. 82nd St. (212-787-0634). You can RSVP on the Facebook event page. Come out and support a good cause, and some great music!

Columbia New Music concert, Sat 4/7, 5pm in Lerner C555

How about celebrating spring with some newly-hatched music? Columbia New Music, in collaboration with Columbia Classical Performers, present a concert of new music by student and faculty composers. The concert is on Sat 4/7, at 5pm, in C555 Lerner Hall.

Music will include pieces by Adrian Montufar Herrera, Solomon Hoffman, Tareq Abuissa, Conrad Tao, and Prof. Ramin Arjomand. There will also be an informal discussion session, and, free food!

The event is free. Come on out and enjoy some new music for spring!

Talk by Prof. Kevin Fellezs, Wed 3/21, 8pm, in 622 Dodge Hall

The Center for Jazz Studies presents Prof. Kevin Fellezs, giving a talk titled “Vital Transformations: Fusion’s Young Discontents”, on the early history of fusion music and its relation to jazz. For full details, see this link.

The event is free and is open to the public.

“Ghost in the Instrument” Festival at Columbia, week of 3/19

The Computer Music Center at Columbia University presents a week of lectures, concerts, and workshops, “Ghost in the Instrument: Aspects of Musical Research and Composition“. The event is on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the PRISMA International Forum. All events are FREE and open to the public (registration is required for the software workshop).

The festival will include talks and concerts by Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi, Christopher Trapani, Hans Tutschku, Fred Lerdahl, Carlos Agon, Phillippe Esling, Johannes Kretz, William Goufreind, Julien Vincenot, Jaime Oliver, Greg Taylor, Mika Kuuskankare, Maeve Sterbenz, Zosha Di Castri, and more. Several current and former Columbia composers are featured.

On Friday 3/23 and Saturday 3/24, concerts will take place at Prentis Hall and at Miller Theater. There will be a workshop on PWGL software on Sunday 3/25 (registration is required). For full details on the programme, please see the web site for the festival, at The schedule for performances is at

Argento Ensemble plays Columbia Composers – Jonathan Kramer Memorial Concert

The Argento Chamber Ensemble and soprano Margot Rood will play new music by Columbia Composers, in a Jonathan Kramer Memorial Concert, on Sunday, March 18, at 8pm. The concert will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 346 W. 20th St. Admission is free! New music by Geoff Holbrook, Sam Pluta, Lu Wang, Mahir Cetiz, Paul Clift, and Christopher Trapani will be performed.

Congratulations to Yoshiaki Onishi for 2011 Gaudeamus Prize!

Congratulations to Columbian and current Teaching Fellow in the Music Dept. Yoshiaki Onishi on winning the 2011 Gaudeamus Prize, for his composition “Départ dans…”. Details of the award can be seen at this link.

Some of his work will also be featured in the upcoming Gaudeamus Muziekweek New York, Jan. 25-28, 2012, presented by Issue Project Room in scenic downtown Brooklyn, New York. Other works in the series will include works by “… composer Yannis Kyriakides, an evening of electronic music featuring Wouter Snoei, Matthew Ostrowski, and Philip White & Ted Hearne; a rare performance of Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Poème Symphonique” for 100 metronomes; and performances by the CUNY New Music Ensemble.”

Congrats to Yoshi, and, step out to Brooklyn to hear some exciting music!

Night of the Living Daed! Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10pm

Don’t miss this late-night concert of Haydn and Dvorak, from the Daedalus String Quartet! The event takes place on Wednesday, October 19th, from 10pm-12 midnight, in 301 Philosophy. Full details can be found at this link ( The event is sponsored by the Music Performance Program, where the Daedalus Quartet is currently serving as a Group-In-Residence. Don’t miss it!

Columbia Classical Performers – Sat 10/8, 7:30pm (with cake!)

Treat yourself to some fine musical confections, at the Columbia Classical Performers concert on Saturday, 10/8, at 7:30pm in 301 Philosophy. The concert will include works by Debussy, Beethoven, Bloch, Fauré, Ravel, and Vivaldi.

See their Facebook event page for full details.

Come out to support Columbia’s many musical talents. Oh, and, did we mention, there will be GOURMET DESSERTS served after the concert?

George Lewis and Sam Pluta @ Roulette, Thu 9/22, 8pm

Columbia’s own George Lewis, Sam Pluta, and the Wet Ink Ensemble will perform at the venerable experimental music outfit Roulette, at their new Brooklyn location, on Thursday, 9/22, at 8pm.

Lewis will perform his “Exercices spirituelles” (2010), and he and Sam Pluta will join in an improvisation. A recording of “Exercices…” is available in the Music & Arts Library, under call number CD20427. The program will also include a collaboration by Morton Subotnik and Tony Martin. Check it out!