New Song Cycle to Premiere in September

Vocal Arts DC and Wigmore Hall are the co-commissioners for a new song cycle Five Songs on Poems of Jean Starr Untermeyer Op.135 written especially for acclaimed soprano Brenda Rae, who is the featured singer on the Albany CD of Liebermann’s songs entitled Little Heaven. The cycle will premiere on September 15th at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, followed by the UK premiere at Wigmore Hall in London on November 24th. The pianist for the DC premiere will be Jonathan Ware, and Malcom Martineau will be the pianist for the UK performance.
The cycle consists of five songs on poetry selected by Brenda Rae from Untermeyer’s second collection of poetry, Dreams Out of Darkness, published in 1921.


New Cello Sonata for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the University of Nevada at Reno are co-commissioners of a new cello sonata (the composer’s fifth) which will receive its world premiere at Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio on May 14. The concert which is part of CMS’s 50th Anniversary Season is entitled The Art of the Recital and features cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist Hyeyeon Park. The same duo recorded Liebermann’s complete music for cello and piano, released on the Blue Griffin label. The concert will also include works by Bridge, Martinu, Debussy and Shostakovitch.

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New Work for Yargo Trio

Liebermann is currently composing a new work for flute, alto sax and piano for the Yargo Trio, consisting of Angela Jones-Reus, flute; Connie Frigo, sax and Liza Stepanova, piano. The work has been commissioned especially for the trio by Louis K. and Susan Meisel. Plans for the premiere will be announced at a future date.