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TENRI – Joan Tower
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Sunday, May 19, 2024, 8pm

Middle East Influences

A survey of works from, and inspired by, this richly creative region of the world

Yotam Haber Intimate Geographies (2023) **

Ramin HeydarbeygiDar Sineye Xaak  (2008) **

Kareem Roustom Letters Home (2011/18)

Füsun Köksal Voce Rotta (2018-19) **

Shirish KordeThe Conference of the Birds 2  (2022) *

*Written for Da Capo   **NY premiere


ThIS concert will begin with a prelude performance of Chen Yi 's Night Thoughts performed by Trio Lineas, who are shadowing Da Capo through the University of Michigan’s Chamber Music Guest Artist Mentor Program.  

Prelude Performance

Chen Yi – Night Thoughts (2004)

Curtis Macomber

Chris Gross cello
Marianne Gythfeldt clarinet

Steven Beck piano
Patricia Spencer flute (on leave)

Catherine Boyack flute

Narek Arutyunian clarinet

Michael Lipsey percussion

Ariadne Greif soprano

James Baker conductor 



Alexis Eubanks flute

Adalus Low-Manzini cello

John Solari piano


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Sunday, February 25, 2024, 8pm

Joan Tower at 85!

We honor a founding member, eminent composer, and Da Capo’s pianist for our first 15 years!

Joan Tower Big Sky  (2000)

Joan Tower Breakfast Rhythms  (1974) **

Joan Tower – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman no.5 (1993)

Joan Tower Into the Night  (2022)

Erica Lindsayslowly, letting go (2024)* – World Premiere  **

Erica Lindsay – Transmutation Variations 

John Boggs  Descending the Catskills (2019)* – NY Premiere

   * Written for Joan Tower and the Da Capo Chamber Players


Curtis Macomber violin

Chris Gross cello

Marianne Gythfeldt clarinet  

Steven Beck piano

Patricia Spencer curator 


Laura Cocks flute

Michael Lipsey percussion 

Andrea Ábel flute

Isabel Lepanto Gleicher flute 

Jessica Taskov flute

Mark Helias upright bass

James Baker conductor


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Musical Offerings for Human Rights | Season 2

Building awareness with the universal language of music 

A series of online events combining performances from the ensemble’s digital archives with current conversations, each anchored by our shared conviction that the more we explore, experience, and understand cultural differences and varying viewpoints as captured in music, the more we honor and celebrate every individual’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Patricia Spencer, curator

Upcoming in Season 2 of Musical Offerings

Argentina and Cuba

Exploring music and human rights with composers Martin Gendelman, Tania León, and Pablo Ortiz


The United States

Exploring chamber jazz works by African-American composers David Baker and David Sanford

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Tuesday,December 12, 2023, 7 pm

on the Da Capo Chamber Players YouTube channel

Exploring Persia and Mongolia

Works inspired by a Medieval Sufi poem and Mongolian traditional song

Joining host Lara Pellegrinelli and series curator Patricia Spencer, are the composers, and percussionist Michael Lipsey, a longtime collaborating musician with the ensemble.


Learn more about Lara Pellegrinell


Shirish Korde – The Conference of the Birds 2 (2022)

   written for the 50th anniversary celebration of Da Capo Chamber Players

Curtis Macomber, violin | Chris Gross, cello Patricia Spencer,  flute | Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet | Steven Beck, piano | Ariadne Greif, soprano | Michael Lipsey, guest percussion 

   – Performed live at Merkin Hall, April 6, 2022

This piece will also be performed live on Da Capo Chamber Players' NYC series at Tenri Cultural Institute on May 19, 2024

Learn more about Shirish Korde

See the images and credits for Conference of the Birds II

Read the texts for Conference of the Birds II

Lei Liang – Gobi Canticle (2004) 

Curtis Macomber, violin | Chris Gross, cello  

    – Performed live at the CUNY Graduate Center, October 6, 2022

Learn more about Lei Liang

Read about the Lei Lab at UC San Diego

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Sunday, October 15, 2023, 8pm

Carter, Karchin, Davis

We celebrate innovation by three generations of American composers

Tyson DavisBetween Light and Shadow  (2018)

Elliott Carter Con leggerezza pensosa  (1990)

Louis Karchin – Incantations and Dances  (2023)*  **

Elliott Carter – Enchanted Preludes  (1988)

Elliott Carter – Triple Duo  (1982-3)

*World Premiere     ** written for Da Capo

This concert will include a short panel discussion with Tyson Davis, Louis Karchin, and Carter scholar John Link, following the Intermission.


Curtis Macomber violin

Chris Gross cello

Patricia Spencer flute

Marianne Gythfeldt clarinet  

Steven Beck piano

* Ms. Spencer is on leave for the 23–24 season


Catherine Boyack flute 

John Ferrari  percussion

James Baker conductor


This concert series of the Da Capo Chamber Players is made possible in part with public funds from:

New York State Council on the  Arts

National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

They are also made possible with private funds from: The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, Amphion Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Zethus Fund, and generous individuals.

Da Capo is a Presenter Partner of Composers Now,

Design: Lia Di Stefano  |  Da Capo photo: Beowulf Sheehan

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