Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 8pm

Celebrate Bard!

László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building
Bard College
Admission Free

The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the

Music Program present a program featuring works
faculty, alumni/ae, and the Bard community


Tan Dun, In Distance (1987)

Joan Tower, String Force (2010)

Kyle Gann, Hovenweep (2000)

John Halle, A Free People (2006)

Corey Chang'19, Foreshadowed Flashback (2017)

Peri Mauer'76, Pixeliance (2011/2017)

Elizabeth Brown, Liguria (1999) 


Curtis Macomber, violin

Chris Gross, cello

Patricia Spencer, flute

Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet


Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Sara Cutler, harp

John Ferrari, percussion

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 8pm

Remembering George Walker

Merkin Concert Hall Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, NYC


Celebrate Lincoln’s birthday by hearing masterworks by two African-American composers, cited as “ultimately life-enhancing” (about George Walker, in Fanfare Magazine) and “sharply drawn and gripping” (about Wendell Logan, in The New York Times)

George Walker, Music for 3  (1970/1991)

George Walker, Tangents (1999), arr. David Sanford

George Walker, Modus  (1998) – Special collaboration with Cygnus Ensemble

Wendell Logan, Runagate, Runagate (1989)


Curtis Macomber, violin

Patricia Spencer, flute

Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet

Chris Gross, cello


Robert Mack, tenor

Christopher Oldfather, piano

Thomas Feng, piano

William Anderson, guitar & mandolin
Oren Fader, guitar

Robert Ingliss, oboe

Michael Lipsey, percussion

Marcus Parris, conductor

The concerts of the Da Capo Chamber Players are made possible in part with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment fot the Arts. They are also made possible with private funds from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Amphion Foundation, ASCAP, Hulbert Charitable Trust, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Zethus Fund, and generous individuals.

The program Remembering George Walker has received special support from the Composers Guild of New Jersey and the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music. Da Capo is a Presenter Partner of Composers Now. The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices, and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together myriad performances ranging in genre from jazz to indie, classical to post-classical, experimental to folk, and beyond. Composers will be in attendance at all events. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York. 

  About Marcus Parris and Robert Mack                           

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019​, 8pm

Musical Spirits Reappear 

Merkin Concert Hall

Kaufman Music Center Series

129 West 67th Street, NYC

Hildegard von Bingen receives belated 900th birthday greetings. Ockeghem (15th century composer) sneaks into a piece written last year. Louis Karchin’s Ancient Scenes places Seamus Heaney’s poetry in the context of ancient panoramas. Arm yourself for Halloween with musical spirits from long ago!

Louis Karchin, Ancient Scenes  (2014)

Jihyun Kim, Once Upon a Time  (2018) – Winner of the League of  
  Composers/ISCM annual composers competition

Jonathan Dawe, On Again, Ockeghem  (2018)

Cynthia Folio, Through Window’s Lattices  (1999) – Written in celebration
  of the 900th birthday of Hildegard von Bingen

Bruce Adolphe, And All Is Always Now (1992)

Vasiliki Krimitza, Aeoliás (2019)


Curtis Macomber, violin

Patricia Spencer, flute

Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet

Chris Gross, cello

Steven Beck, piano


Marisa Karchin, soprano

John Ferrari, percussion

Louis Karchin, conductor

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019​, 8pm

Global American Chamber Music 

Merkin Concert Hall

Kaufman Music Center Series

129 West 67th Street, NYC

Chamber works by American composers with major
background ties to global musical influences.

Chou Wen-chung, Ode to Eternal Pine (2009)

Reinaldo Moya, Cronica de una Muerta (2007) 

Chinary Ung, Child Song (1985) 

Pablo Ortiz, Vida Furtiva (1992)

Noel Da Costa, Blue-Tune Verses (1997)

Gabriela Lena Frank, Cuatro Bosquejos Pre-Incaicos (2006)

Global representation: China, Venezuela, Cambodia, Argentina, Jamaican/Nigerian, and Peruvian/Chinese/Lithuanian/Jewish. 
All are Americans!

Saturday, May 11, 2019​, 5pm

Bard College and Conservatory

Bard Hall


by Bard Student Composers


Kathryn Blaine

Luke Haaksma

Meghan Mercier

Mikalah Jenifer

Patrick Staples

Lindsey Williams

Guang Yang

Sindy Yang


Curtis Macomber, violin

Chris Gross, cello

Patricia Spencer, flute

Benjamin Fingland, guest clarinet

Christopher Oldfather, guest piano

Wednesday, May 1, 2019​

Brooklyn College Conservatory Concert and mini-residency

Buchwald Theater, Brooklyn College

Pre-concert activities in Buchwald Theater are open to the public:

10am –11:30 am
Da Capo open rehearsal

12:30 – 2 pm 

Da Capo Masterclasses for Brooklyn College/Conservatory performers


2:15 – 3:15 pm 

Student compositions – reading sessions by Da Capo Chamber Players

5:00 pm – CONCERT 

John Harbison, Songs America Loves to Sing (2004)

Thea Musgrave, Chamber Concerto No. 2 (1966) 

Gabriela Lena Frank, Cuatro Bosquejos Pre-Incaicos (2006) 

Joan Tower, Looking Back (2018)


Curtis Macomber, violin

Patricia Spencer, flute

Marianne Gythfeldt, guest clarinet

Chris Gross, cello

Steven Beck, piano

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 8pm

EVOCATIONS: Chamber music with poetic inspiration

Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center Series

129 West 67th Street, NYC

Eric Moe, Strenuous Pleasures (2010)

Ralph Shapey, Evocation #2 (1971)

Valerie Coleman, Portraits of Langston (2007)

Yotam Haber, Estro poetico-armonico II (2014)

Guest Artists:
Carol McGonnell,

Michael Lipsey, percussion

Benjamin Grow, conductor

Michael Ofori, reciter

Thursday, February 28, 2019​, 5:15pm

Yale University

Concert Premieres works by student composers.

Beinecke Library

February 15 and 16, 2019

Mount Holyoke College Concert and mini-residency


Friday, February 15, 7pm

McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall

Honoring Black History, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire

Arnold Schoenberg, Pierrot lunaire

David Sanford, Dogma 74 

Luciano Berio, O King 

Valerie Coleman, Portraits of Langston

Guest Artists:
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet


Saturday, February 16, 2019, morning and early afternoon

February 2 and 3, 2019

University of Pittsburgh Concert and mini-residency


Saturday, February 2, 8pm
Andy Warhol Museum

Eric Moe, Strenuous Pleasures

Valerie Coleman, Portraits of Langston 

Rakowski, Thickly Settled 

David Sanford, Dogma 74

Joan Tower, Looking Back

Guest Artists:
Carol McGonnell, clarinet
Michael Lipsey, percussion


Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 10am – 12:30pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 8pm

Triple Anniversary: JOHN HARBISON’s 80th, 


Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center Series
129 West 67th Street, NYC

Join us as we celebrate three eminent and exciting composers
with whom Da Capo has worked extensively over the years!

John Harbison, Songs America Loves to Sing (2004)

Thea Musgrave, Chamber Concerto No. 2 (1966) 

Thea Musgrave, Sunrise (2009) 

Joan Tower, Looking Back (2018)

Joan Tower, Très Lent (1994) and Wild Run (2018)

Guest Artists:
Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet
Susan Jolles, harp

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