Concert History

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – New England Conservatory of Music, Boston

“SuperVoce: Microtonal Music for Voices and Instruments”:

Music by Enno Poppe, James Bergin, Julia Werntz, Joseph Maneri, performed by Jennifer Ashe and Judith Berkson (sopranos), Spyridon Antonopoulous (cantor), Elizabeth England (oboe), Amy Advocat (clarinet), Philip Stäudlin, Eric Hewitt (soprano saxophones), Cleek Schrey (violin) Ashleigh Gordon (viola), and chorus:

Meredith Borden, Lisa Lynch (sopranos)

Andrea Gaudette, Mara Goldberg, Niki Harlafti, Julia Werntz (altos)
Curtis Hughes, Marnen Laibow-Koser, Jason Sobel (tenors)
Hugo Abraham, Harold Fortuin, Stratis Minakakis, Matt O’Donnell (bass)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Davis Square Theatre, Somerville, MA

“Flickering: Microtonal Music Featuring Clarinet”:

Amy Advocat, clarinets, performing music by composers selected from our 2014 Call for Scores: Gregory Carl Pfeiffer, Daniel T. Lewis, Ned McGowan, Girolamo Deraco, Agustin Castilla-Avila, and Wei-Chieh Lin; with Alex Conway (flute);  Lilit Hartunian (violin); Stephen Marotto (cello); Matt Sharrock (percussion).

Sunday, March 11, 2012 – Fenway Center, Northeastern University, Boston
Members of NotaRiotous performing works by James Bergin, Luciano Berio, Peirluigi Billone, Lou Bunk, Mike Frengel, John Malia, Julia Werntz.

Monday, December 12, 2011 – Tufts University, Medford, MA
NotaRiotous concert featuring works by Julián Carrillo, Alois Hába, Ben Johnston, Ezra Sims, and Julia Werntz, as well as premieres by Tufts student composers William Kenlon and Michael Laurello.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – New England Conservatory of Music
BostonNotaRiotous/Ensemble 2e2m concert: a joint concert by NotaRiotous and members of Ensemble 2e2m conducted by Pierre Rouillier, featuring works by Alain Banquart, Franck Bedrossian, Laurent Martin, Paul Méfano, and Ezra Sims.

Sunday, March 26, 2011 – Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Microtonal improvisation by Noah Kaplan (tenor sax); Pandelis Karayorgis, (piano); Jacob William (bass); Luther Gray (drums).

Sunday, February 20, 2011 – Fenway Center, Northeastern University, Boston
NotaRiotous electro-acoustic concert, featuring works by Anthony deRitis, Georg Hajdu, John Mallia, Katarina Miljkovic, Stratis Minakakis, Ezra Sims, Julia Werntz, James Bergin.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 – Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
Microtonal quartet concert by Clayton DeWalt, James Wylie, Brad Barrett and Mose Eder.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – New England Conservatory of Music
NotaRiotous concert, including lecture by Laurent Martin on his music. Performances of works by Gordon Beeferman, Laurent Martin, Arash Waters, Gerard Grisey, Joseph Maneri, Julia Werntz, James Bergin.

Friday, May 21, 2010 – Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston
Memorial concert for Joseph Maneri: Numerous former colleagues, students, friends and family performing.

Sunday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 9, 2010 – Northeastern, Berklee, NEC and Goethe Institute
Internationl Bohlen-Pierce Symposium: three days of lectures, concerts and demonstrations by inventors, composers, and performers who work with the Bohlen-Pierce scale; coordinated by the BMS and composer Georg Hajdu of the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater, in partnership with the Goethe Institute of Boston, Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 – Williams College, Williamstown, MA
NotaRiotous concert on “the Box” series, dedicated to music of living composers. Works by Ben Johnston, Joseph Maneri, James Bergin, Ezra Sims, Manfred Stahnke, Julia Werntz, Jonathan Harvey. Lighting design by Julie Seitel.

Sunday, May 10, 2009 – Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston
Boston Microtonal Society 20th Anniversary Concert Celebration, with new works written for the occasion by Alain Bancquart, James Bergin, John Eaton, John Mallia, Frank J. Oteri, Caroline Park (2009 recipient of the BMS Jonathan Keith Scholarship), additional works by Joseph Maneri, Ezra Sims, Bojidar Spassov, Manfred Stahnke, Julia Werntz, and improvisations by Mat Maneri. (Sponsored in part by Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.)

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Fall 2008 – Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
NotaRiotous residency, including a lecture by Julia Werntz on microtonal compositional techniques to graduate student composers; reading session of those student’s works-in-progress; concert on December 13 (Brandeis New Music series) of works by graduate student composers; concert on Sunday, December 14 of pieces by undergraduate composition students.

Sunday, September 14, 2008 – Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston
PLAY! Concert, featuring microtonal improvisations by the PLAY! Ensemble (Noah Kaplan, saxophone and director; James Bergin, viola; Benjy Fox-Rosen, bass; John McLellen, drums.

Saturday, April 26, 2008 – Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston
PLAY! concert, featuring microtonal improvisations by the PLAY! Ensemble and performances of works by winners of the 2008 Jonathan Keith Scholarship: Dave Ficuzynski and Jesse Ward.

Sunday, April 20, 2008 – Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston
NotaRiotous concert. Works by Christopher Bailey, James Bergin, Georg Hajdu, Joseph Maneri, Ezra Sims, Ken Ueno, Julia Werntz. (Sponsored in part by Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.)

Saturday, February 9, 2008 – Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston
PLAY! concert: Tribute to Joe Maneri. Performances by PLAY! Ensemble and guests Ed Broms, Kat Hernandez, Thadd Comstock.

Sunday, November 18, 2007 – Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston
NotaRiotous concert. Works by Alain Banquart, James Bergin, Jean-François Charles, Pascale Criton, Jason Eckardt, Joe Maneri, Franck Yeznikian and Julia Werntz. (Sponsored in part by the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of the French-American Cultural Exchange with major support from SACEM and BMG Music Publishing.)

Saturday, October 22, 2007 – Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston
Debut PLAY! concert, featuring microtonal improvisations by James Bergin, viola, Benjy Fox-Rosen, bass; Croix Galipault, drums; Noah Kaplan, saxophone and director; Joe Moffett, trumpet.

Sunday, May 18, 2007 – First Church, Boston
NotaRiotous concert. Works by James Bergin, Joe Maneri, Manfred Stahnke, James Tenney, Julia Werntz and Hillary Zipper.

Sunday, November 12, 2006 – Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge
Debut concert of NotaRiotous. New work written for NotaRiotous by Ezra Sims; works by James Bergin, John Eaton, Bob Hasegawa, Ben Johnston, Joe Maneri, and Julia Werntz.

Sunday, May 7, 2006 – The Lily Pad, Cambridge
Tribute concert for BMS co-founder Jonathan Keith (1965-1990). Works by Jonathan Keith, James Bergin, and Jonathan Harvey; microtonal improvisations. Performances by David Russell, Meredith Border, Avery Griffin, and students from Joseph Maneri’s Microtonal Composition and Performance class at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Sunday, October 2, 2005 – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline
Fundraising concert for NotaRiotous. Works by James Bergin, Frédéric Chopin, Charles Ives, Joe Maneri, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Julia Werntz, performed by members of NotaRiotous.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 – Brown Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston
Works by Charles Ives, Joe Maneri, Gerard Pape, Ezra Sims, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Julia Werntz., featuring the Firebird Ensemble . (Sponsored in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund .)

Saturday, April 12, 2003 – Washington Square United Methodist Church, New York City, and Thursday, April 17, 2003 – Eliot Hall, Boston
Works by Alain Bancquart, John Eaton, Jason Eckardt, Ezra Sims, Julia Werntz and Iannis Xenakis, featuring the Firebird Ensemble. (Sponsored in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund .)

Sunday, January 16, 2000 – Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge
Concert celebration of the 72nd birthdays of Ezra Sims and Joe Maneri, featuring works by Sims, Maneri, Arnold Friedman and John McDonald. (Sponsored in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund.)

Friday, December 12, 1997 – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline
Works by Ben Johnston. Robert Kirzinger and John Mallia. Improvisations by Steven Lantner (microtonal keyboards) and Mat Maneri (electric violin).

Friday, December 13, 1996 – Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge
Works by John Fugarino, Joseph Maneri, Craig Walsh and Julia Werntz. Improvisations by Steven Lantner (microtonal keyboards) and Mat Maneri (electric violin).

Saturday, April 20, 1996 – Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge
Works by Robert Bonotto, John Mallia and Joseph Maneri.

Saturday, November 4, 1995 – Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge
Works by Thadd Comstock, John Fugarino, Joe Maneri, Geoff Rohrbach, Ezra Sims, Manfred Stahnke and Julia Werntz.

Sunday, January 29, 1995 – St. Cecilia’s Church, Boston
Works by John Fugarino and Alois Haba, featuring the Arden String Quartet . Improvisations by Don Spark (piano), Joe Maneri (reeds), Mat Maneri (electric violin) and Pandelis Karayorgis (piano).
In addition to BMS resident chamber ensemble NotaRiotous, past performers have included, among others, the Auros Group for New Music, the Firebird Ensemble, members of the Dinosaur Annex Ensemble, and the Arden String Quartet.