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THE DA CAPO CHAMBER PLAYERS

Since its founding in 1970, the Naumburg-Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players has established itself as one of the foremost chamber ensembles in the United States. Hailed for its “agile, hair-raising performances (The New York Times, 2005), Da Capo has long been a leader in contemporary music, pointing with pride to nearly 100 works written especially for the ensemble. Da Capo recently scored several major triumphs in Russia, performing at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s “Moscow Forum,” the Moscow Autumn Festival, St. Petersburg’s “Sound Ways” Festival, and the Belarussian “Musical Autumn” in Minsk.

The ensemble’s New York concert series, presented annually since the group’s founding, has included gala concerts honoring major composers and groundbreaking programs that stretch the definition of chamber music. Recent and upcoming highlights include critically acclaimed performances of the music of George Perle and Arnold Schoenberg, unique collaboration with mime artist Yass Hakoshima, a concert featuring six visiting Russian composers, and CD recordings of music by composers Chinary Ung, Alla Borzova, Brian Fennelly, and Judith Shatin. Da Capo Chamber Players members are Curtis Macomber (violin), André Emelianoff (cello), Blair McMillen (piano), Patricia Spencer (flute), and Meighan Stoops (clarinet). For information, visit dacapochamberplayers.org.

RAYMOND LUSTIG

Light and dark elements are often tightly interlaced in Raymond Lustig’s vibrant and highly expressive music. He is a 2009 winner of the prestigious Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His opera-theater work THE DOCTORS’ WARD-based on the tragic story of the nineteenth-century obstetrician who discovered the cause of one of history’s worst puerpal fever epidemics-was selected for a recent workshop with director Jonathan Miller and American Opera Projects. His orchestral work UNSTUCK, inspired by dementia and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, was the 2007 winner of the ASCAP Foundation’s prestigious Rudolf Nissim Prize. New York’s Metropolis Ensemble has chosen him as their 2009-2010 Wet Ink Composer, and will build their season’s programming around his music. His works have been performed by American Opera Projects, the Juilliard Symphony, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Bowling Green Philharmonia, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Avian Music, Duo Noire, counter)induction, and Opera on Tap. His music has been presented at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, New York’s Symphony Space, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Norfolk and Caramoor summer music festivals, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, and the Juilliard Beyond the Machine Festival. Avian Orchestra has recently released their recording of Lustig’s You Catching? for ensemble and narrator, and the Bowling Green Philharmonia will be releasing its recording of his UNSTUCK for orchestra in 2009.

His music has been used for dance at the New York Choreographic Institute, the Juilliard School’s Composers and Choreographers concert, and Barnard College’s Spring Dances concert. He has collaborated with choreographers Peter Quantz, Melissa Barak, and Brynt Beitman.

Born in Tokyo and raised in Queens, New York, Lustig received his B.A. from Holy Cross College, where his interests were divided between piano, composition, and biology. In a previous life, he was a published molecular biology researcher at Columbia University and Massachusetts General Hospital. Since then, he earned his Master of Music degree in composition from the Juilliard School, where he is currently a DMA candidate. His teachers have included John Corigliano, Robert Beaser, Samuel Adler, Sebastian Currier, Jonathan Kramer, Derek Bermel, Philip Lasser, Pia Gilbert, Conrad Cummings, and Shirish Korde. He lives in New York and teaches in the Juilliard School’s Evening Division.