News & Events Calendar

Friday, December 16 & 17, 2016

Make the Season Bright

With:
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Ann Hampton and Liz Callaway, Anthony and Will Nunziata
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 8:00PM

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November 18, 2016

Season of Light: Songs of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and New Years

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Sono Luminus (SLW-70006) with:
Judith Clurman, conductor
Essential Voices USA
Lee Musiker, piano

Judith Clurman conducts her chorus, Essential Voices USA, in HOLIDAY SEASON OF LIGHT: Songs of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and New Years the ensemble’s fourth recording for Sono Luminous. The holiday disc includes a new piece called Season of Light by Jacob Narverud and music for Thanksgiving (Grateful by John Bucchino, arr. by Ryan Nowlin), Christmas (God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, arranged by David Chase; Carol of the Bells arranged by Peter Wilhousky; Ave Maria by Jean Mouton); Chanukah (The Chanukah Song - We are Lights by Stephen Schwartz and Steve Young, arr. by Ryan Nowlin) and New Years (New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten; Auld Lang Syne arranged by Tedd Firth).

More details here!

November 4, 2016

A Palace Upon the Ruins, including PEACE by Howard Shore/Text by Eleanor Roosevelt

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Howe Records with:
Judith Clurman, conductor
Ben Hutto, organ
Charles Bowers, Music Assistant
Essential Voices USA Youth Workshop

The world premiere of PEACE was on November 16, 2007 at the Washington National Cathedral conducted by Judith Clurman. Heard on this recording are select students from St. Albans and the National Cathedral Schools, and workshop participants. This piece was recorded at the National Cathedral, Washington D.C.

More details here!

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe

with:
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Colin Donnell, Nathan Gunn and Laura Osnes, Guest Artists
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 8:00PM

Summer, 2016

Judith joins the faculty (private voice and ensemble voice) of the Manhattan School of Music.

http://www.msmnyc.edu/Musical-Theatre-Brochure

May 2, 2016

The New York Pops 33rd Birthday Gala
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 7:00pm

Alain Boublil, Music Honoree
Claude-Michel Schönberg, Music Honoree
Steven Reinecke, Conductor
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

Rehearsing my Essential Voices USA with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Picture © Dan Rosenbaum

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz

Symphony Space

Broadway/95th Street, New York City
Admission Free, 3PM until 11PM
EVUSA performs beginning at 7PM

Judy and Stephen

Photo © Stephen Sorokoff, used with permission.

March 30, 2016

The Composer Speaks Austrian émigrés:
Schoenberg, Von Trapp and the Power of Music
at the DiMenna Space for Classical Music @ 7:30PM

The Composer Speaks

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Conductor

With guests:
Larry Schoenberg
Elisabeth von Trapp
Joseph Beutel, bass baritone
Maureen McKay, soprano
Tedd Firth, piano
Ted Chapin
David Chase
Larry Hochman
Naomi Lewin, moderator

This program will explore the stories of two Austrian émigrés whose experiences have been captured in important musical compositions. In 1947, with the sights and sounds of war ringing in his ears, Arnold Schoenberg composed “Survivor from Warsaw” as a tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. Twelve years later the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein recreated the experience of the Von Trapp family in the iconic musical “The Sound of Music.” Music from both these works will be performed and discussed at the Composer Speaks, along with Schoenberg’s Cabaret Songs and folk song settings for chorus.

Conducting

Judith Clurman at the DiMenna Space © Richard Termine

February, 2016

Judith Clurman, Guest Conductor at University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Choral music seminar, master classes, conduct evensong.

Cambridge

December 20, 2015

Carnegie Hall Family Concert: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Essential Voices USA sings with The New York Pops @ Carnegie Hall
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
John Bolton, Narrator and other guest artists
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 3:00PM

At Carnegie Hall

December 18 & 19, 2015

It’s Christmas Time in the City
with Stephanie J. Block and Brian d’Arcy James

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 8:00PM

Back Stage

Photo © Richard Termine

December 3, 2015

Sing Christmas! at Feinstein's 54 Below @ 9:30 PM

Judith conducts Essential Voices US is a sing-along of traditional carols, Broadway’s Christmas songs (Amy Justman, Joseph Beutel, and Nick Sotack, soloists and highlights from the EVUSA new CD release Holiday Harmonies: Song of Christmas.

Stage

Photo © Richard Termine

November 10, 2015

Curtis Institute of Music
Visiting Artist for Composers Seminar

Curtis Institute

November 6 & 7, 2015

Dvořák: Stabat Mater
Guest chorus master with the Omaha Symphony
Soloists: Caitlin Lynch, Helen Karloski, Anthony Lewis & Tyler Putnam

Dvorak

October 30, 2015

HOLIDAYS HARMONIES: SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
Sono Luminus (SLE – 70003)
Judith Clurman, conductor
Essential Voices USA
Jamie Barton
mezzo-soprano
Maureen McKay soprano
Tedd Firth piano
Stacey Shames harp

Judith Clurman conducts her acclaimed chorus, Essential Voices USA, in HOLIDAY HARMONIES: SONGS OF CHRISTMAS (SLE- 70003), the ensemble’s third recording for Sono Luminous. The holiday disc includes premiere recordings of new vibrant arrangements of seasonal favorites and new works that were written for the disc by America’s finest composers.

Traditional repertoire includes: Angels We Have Heard on High (arr. David Chase), O Holy Night (arr. Ryan Nowlin), Silent Night (arr. Tedd Firth and Judith Clurman), The Virgin’s Slumber Song (Max Reger), and We Wish You a Merry Christmas (adaptation Judith Clurman). New works include: Whispered and Revealed (Nico Muhly), Love Came Down (Jennifer Higdon) and Merry Christmas Wishing Well (Gene and Lorraine Gilroy, arr. Michael Gilbertson).
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October 9, 2015

With Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovendon:
My Favorite Things: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 8:00PM

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Photo © Richard Termine. Used with permission.

June 22-27, 2015, Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria

Music Celebrations presents
The Sound of Music Official 50th Anniversary Festival
Judith Clurman, Artistic Director & Conductor
Music Celebrations is honored to partner
with the Austrian National Tourist Office
and the City of Salzburg to commemorate this anniversary.

Mozarteum

Sound of Music

Featuring music from the movie and the Rodgers and Hammerstein collection. Click here for more information: soundofmusictest.businesscatalyst.com/index.html

April 29, 2015

Our Biblical Heritage:
featuring selections from Haydn’s Creation and orchestral and choral works by Emanuel Kirschner, Darius Milhaud, Bruce Ruben and Paul Schoenfield

Haydn

Omaha Symphony Orchestra
Creighton University Chorus
Judith Clurman, conductor
Temple Israel, Omaha, Nebraska

Orchestra

Photo above: Judith Clurman and the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, with Creighton University Chorus.

Poster

April 8, 2015

Beyond Broadway: Composers Go Choral
at the DiMenna Center, NYC

Huffington Post: "The Composers Speak: Broadway Composers Participate in a Concert of Their Choral Work"

Beyond Broadway Group Photos

Beyond Broadway

Beyond Broadway Group Photo

April 14, 2015

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
MASTER CLASS AND INTERVIEW WITH JUDITH CLURMAN

Lewis Center for the Arts
1:30PM, Room 219 @ 185 Nassau Street
Free and open to the public

Princeton

December 21, 2014

Carnegie Hall Family Holiday Concert:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Essential Voices USA sings with
The New York Pops @ Carnegie Hall

Rudolph

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 3:00PM

December 19 & 20, 2014

with Kelli O’Hara & Matthew Morrison: Home for the Holidays
New York Pops @ Carnegie Hall

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 8:00PM

Program will also include
SONGS OF FREEDOM: A CELEBRATION OF CHANUKAH
Judith will conduct the New York Pops and her Essential Voices USA
in performances with Arlo Hill, Baritone

Available Now

November 14, 2014

with By Special Request: An Evening with the Orchestra
New York Pops @ Carnegie Hall

Copland

Featuring Essential Voices USA singing works by Aaron Copland, Carl Orff & Steven Reinecke

Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage @ 8:00PM

November 7 & 8, 2014

Mahler: Symphony #2 (Resurrection)

Mahler

Omaha Symphony Orchestra
Judith Clurman, Chorus Master

Omaha Symphonic Choir, Creighton University Chamber Choirs, University of Nebraska
Omaha Concert Choir and Chamber Choirs
Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha, Nebraska
November 7, 2014 @ 8PM
November 8, 2014 @ 8PM
http://www.omahasymphony.org/concertdetail.asp?id=326

Omaha Chorus

Above: Omaha Symphony Chorus.

October 28, 2014

Recording (Sono Luminus)
Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit

CHERISHED MOMENTS: SONGS OF THE JEWISH SPIRIT, a new CD on Sono Luminus (DSL-92182), will be released on October 28, 2014 with Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman with soloists Ron Raines, Bruce Ruben and Michael Slattery. This new CD combines the expertise born of Judith Clurman’s thirty years as a prominent conductor with memories of her own childhood in synagogue and an intimate knowledge of this poignant repertoire to create the unique recording Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit.

The recording introduces exciting arrangements of traditional songs that represent the Jewish holidays and life cycle events from the centerpiece Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah, a cycle for chorus, soloists and orchestra that premiered at Carnegie Hall, to the 19th-century lyrical classicism of Louis Lewandowski and Emanuel Kirschner, to works by folk artist Debbie Friedman, cantor-composer Bruce Ruben, and Canadian composer Ben Steinberg. The recording also features important new works, among them a minimalist setting of Set Me as a Seal by Nico Muhly, Larry Hochman’s Shomeir Yisrael, and Paul Schoenfield’s Al Hanisim, all written for Ms. Clurman. The recording features the singers of Essential Voices USA and renowned guest instrumentalists, including composers Larry Hochman and Paul Schoenfield accompanying their own works.

For more information, click here

Recording Session

Photo © Richard Termine. Used with permission.

September 15, 2014

7pm Book Launch @ Barnes and Noble, East 86th St. & Lexington Ave.
Bernstein Meets Broadway:
Collaborative Art in a Time of War
(Oxford University Press)
by Carol J. Oja

Carol J. Oja’s book, Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War @ Barnes and Noble, 9/15/14.
With Billie Allen, Jamie Bernstein, Adam Green, EVUSA, Kurt Crowley @ the piano, conducted by Judith Clurman.

Sept. 15th Barnes and Noble Event

Pictured are Baritone Arlo Hill, Essential Voices USA, panel members Jamie Bernstein, Adam Green, Billie Allen & author Carol J. Oja. Photo © Stephen Sorokoff, used with permission.

Download a PDF Press Release here.

July 30, 2014

Verdi Requiem

Verdi

New York Choral Society Summer Sing
Judith Clurman, Conductor
Symphony Space: 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
7:30PM
http://www.nychoral.org/concerts-events/summer-sings

July 4, 2014

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks 2014

Macys

Hear EVUSA sing Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular 2014:
mediaite.com/tv/watch-the-macys-fourth-of-july-nyc-fireworks-here/p>

Reviews

“I love getting in the studio with Judy Clurman. We have a great love and respect for each other. This arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner is truly beautiful. We had a great time doing it.“ - Idina Menzel in the Huffington Post

Article in Huffington Post (PDF)
Article in Broadway World (PDF)

May 14, 2014

Choral Singing with iPad: forScore and Essential Voices USA

Choral Singing with iPAD: forScore and Essential Voices USA

Photos © Kevin Winebold. Used with permission.

Apple Store, NYC 5/14/14
Sing Out Mr.President: A Theodore Roosevelt Round
by Thomas Cabaniss

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lights, Camera, Action: A Night in Hollywood

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA performs

Friday, April 4, 2014 @ 8PM

http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/4/4/0800/PM/The-New-York-Pops/

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra (The Vespers Concert)
The French Connection: Duruflé meets Poulenc (conductor)
Poulenc: Organ Concerto  & Duruflé Requiem

Presbyterian Church of the Cross, Omaha, Nebraska
http://vesperconcerts.org/index.php/frenchconnection

Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 3PM

Vespers

December 19-21, 2013

Under the Mistletoe
with Ashley Brown and The New York Pops

Under the Mistletoe

Above photo: Ashley Brown, Santa Claus, Judith Clurman & Steven Reinecke. Photo © Kevin Weinbold. Used with permission.

Under the Mistletoe

December 10, 2013

THE COMPOSER SPEAKS Press Release: Download a PDF of the Press Release here.

THE COMPOSER SPEAKS: REASON TO BE THANKFUL

November 22-23, 2013

Omaha Symphony Orchestra
Brahms: Ein deutches Requiem

Judith Clurman, Chorus Master
Omaha Symphonic Choir, Creighton University Chamber Choirs, University of Nebraska at
Omaha Concert Choir and Chamber Choirs

Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha, Nebraska
November 22, 2013 @ 8PM
Novemebr 23, 2013 @ 8PM
http://www.omahasymphony.org/concertdetail.asp?id=326

Brahms

October 8, 2013

Jewish Identity on Broadway
Brite Divinity School - Gates of Chai Lectureship in Contemporary Judaism
An exploration of three phrases of the development of Jewish ethnicity in American musical theater
with Judith Clurman & Bruce Ruben

Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 @ 7 PM
http://brite.edu/programs.asp?BriteProgram=jewish

June 12, 2013

Rappaccini’s Daughter at Pearl Studios in NYC.

Press Release: Click here for PDF

Rappaccini’s Daughter

April 12, 2013

Testimony by Stephen Schwartz

Testimony

February 18, 2013

Happy President's Day!

And read more here:
http://www.t2conline.com/celebrating-the-american-spirit-presidents-day/

February 17, 2013

Download a Press Release PDF for this event here.

Sing Along to Sing Out Mr. President

Judith conducted the Sing Out Mr. President “Sing Along” in Washington D.C. on President's Weekend, Sunday, February 17, 2013.

Sing Out Sing Along

Washington DC

January 21, 2013

Celebrating The American Spirit with NPR!

Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA CD was on NPR's Deceptive Cadence, January 19th, 2013, and profiled on Inauguration Day, Jan 21st, on the main page.

NPR

NPR

January, 2013

David Ludwig's The New Colossus
(Washington DC Premiere)

Performance for President Obama and Vice President Biden
at the Inaugural Prayer Service, Monday, 1/21/13
(Judith Clurman Choral Series: G. Schirmer 5049876)

Judith commissioned David Ludwig to write The New Colossus and premiered it at the Todi Music Festival in 2002. Upon hearing the EVUSA recording, Ben Hutto, Director of Music Ministry and Organist at St. John's Church ("Church of the Presidents") in Washington DC, programmed the work for the Inaugural Prayer Service.

Listen to a sample MP3 (0.6MB)

The New Colossus

Order your copy at Hal Leonard today!

December, 2012

Grammy Nomination for Inura!

Released last fall on the Albany Records CD, the Grammy nominated Inura is performed by Son Sonora Voices, directed by Judith Cluman, with the on Sonora Ensemble and Dance Brazil Percussion. Composer Tania Leon conducts the CD. The piece was also nominated for the Latin Grammy Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Holidays, 2012

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2012

Essential Voices USA’s recording of Joy to the World was heard on the 2012 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting.

December, 2012

Sing Out Mr. President!

The music for Sing Out Mr. President has been published by G. Schirmer (Hal Leonard distribution).

Listen to a sample MP3! (5.6MB)

Sing Out Mr. President

Settings of words of our Presidents by Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Irving Berlin, Jason Robert Brown, Thomas Cabaniss, Jake Heggie, Larry Hochman, Laurie Hochman, Michael Gilbertson, Sheldon Harnick, Jennifer Higdon, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Andrew Lippa, David Ludwig, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly, Stephen Paulus, Marc Shaiman, John Philip Sousa, Georgia Stitt, Zachary Wadsworth, Jesse Wiener.

Order your copy at Hal Leonard today!

Nov. 8, 2012

Marvin Makes Music

Marvin Makes Music

More information available on EVUSA's CDs & Books page, here.

October 23, 2012

CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN SPIRIT with
Essential Voices USA, Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines

Judith Clurman interviewed about Celebrating the American Spirit!

Celebrating the American Spirit

2012—2013 NY Pops

The New York Pops: Some Enchanted Evening
The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8:00pm
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

A very grand night of singing was presented… three glorious voices (Aaron Lazar, Kelli O'Hara and Paulo Szot), blending beautifully, backed up by the extraordinary Essential Voices USA… Praise to EVUSA’s Judith Clurman… The songs never sounded better..

Judith with Paolo Szot and members of EVUSA, standing in front of the SOLD OUT sign, at Carnegie Hall. Used with permission.

Judith with soloist Aaron Lazar and EVUSA member Chad Lazar. Photo © 2012 by Michael Yeshion. Used with permission.

The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8:00pm
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Essential Voices USA are honored to help celebrate Stephen Schwartz 65th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his hit musical Wicked, along with Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, and Jennifer Laura Thompson.

June, 2012

The Conductor’s Craft 2012

Sponsored by Hal Leonard
June 24-27, 2012
Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Judith led various workshops. Check out Hal Leonard.com.

May 21, 2012

Actor's Fund Benefit

Essential Voices USA performed at the Actors Benefit honoring Harry Belafonte.

May, 2012

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director & Conductor
in
The Composer Speaks Series

Developed by EVUSA's conductor Judith Clurman, The Composer Speaks format will present composers in concert and workshop format. In addition, the audience will be taught a melody by the composer and then be invited to sing along during the performance. They will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the composer. Join us for an exciting evening of New York and World Premieres!

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The Composer Speaks Joshua Schmidt, May 31:
Download a press release of extended program and bio information as Word file.



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The Composer Speaks HUC, May 10:
Download a press release of extended program and bio information as Word Doc.

April 30, 2012

The New York Pops 29th Birthday Gala
Honoring Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty

7pm at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

April 20-21, 2012

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem

Chorus Master for the Omaha Symphony with Thomas Wilkins, conducting.

April 20-21, 2012
Holland Performing Arts Center - Kiewit Concert Hall, Omaha, Nebraska

Tickets Available Online

This is a scan of a page of a musical manuscript from the 1880's by Gabriel Fauré. In paradisum, Ms. 413, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

April 14, 2012

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director & Conductor
in
The New York Pops - Jim Henson's Musical World

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium
MuppetCentral Review: pictures and videos from the show

Photo © 2011 The Jim Henson Company, © 2011 The Muppets Studio. Photography Courtesy The Jim Henson Legacy, John E. Barrett, Photographer.

April 13, 2012

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director & Conductor
in
Hollywood Award Winners

Friday, April 13, 2012 -- 8pm
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium

Valentine's Day, 2012

January, 2012

Judith and her husband Bruce visited Germany, taught at the Abraham Geiger Kolleg, Berlin (Universitat di Potsdam) and visited Leipzig, Munich, and Dresden as well. At the Shabbat service in Munich, they premiered Larry Hochman’s setting of Sh’ma.

Listen to a clip of Sh'ma (Hear O Israel) by Larry Hochman with Essential Voices USA. Flash/Javascript required.

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Photo of Dresden Synagogue.

December 16 and 17, 2011

Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director & Conductor
in
Wish You a Swingin' Christmas

With John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey & The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, 8pm.

Nov. 29, 2011

Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith, at the 2011 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Click here to watch a clip of the performance on YouTube.

November 20, 2011

A Musical Salute! Celebrating the Music of Marvin Hamlisch

Judith will conduct Anatomy of Peace, with Richard Pittsinger, Treble and Beth Ertz at the piano. The event takes place at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South and is sponsored by the Encompass New Opera Theater

The Sondheim Review

The Sondheim Review
Vol. 17, No. 4 Summer 2011
"Big Band, Big Voices"
The New York Pops pays tribute to Sondheim
BY STEPHEN KITSAKOS

"If the nuanced, introspective and brainy aspects of Sondheim's work were layered beneath the surface, they often came brilliantly to light, as in a wonderful rendition of "A Weekend in the Country," with Clurman's disciplined ensemble adding their voices at one of the delicious modulations."

- STEPHEN KITSAKOS is a theatre arts lecturer at the School of Fine and Performing Arts at SUNY-New Paltz.

Sondheim Review

Marvin Hamlisch!

Judith interviews Composer Marvin Hamlisch for Harvardwood
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
At the Down Town Association, NYC

Marvin Hamlisch

Judith Clurman and Marvin Hamlisch. Photo by Bruce Ruben. All rights reserved.

 

April, 2011

Curtis Institute of Music
Visiting Artist for Composers Seminar
with Faculty Member David Ludwig

Mr. President on NPR!

From NPR, Feb 7, 2011: "Judith Clurman commissioned 16 contemporary composers to write short choral pieces based on the words of 16 American presidents, for a series called Mr. President. In celebration of President’s Day, NPR Music is premiering the entire collection at its classical blog Deceptive Cadence, beginning today http://www.npr.org.

"For Mr. President, Clurman challenged today’s most notable composers – including Jake Heggie, Samuel Adler, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and Nico Muhly – to create short songs inspired by famous presidential quotes. Among the repertoire: “The ballot is stronger than the bullet,” (Abraham Lincoln); “A leader has to lead, or otherwise he has no business in politics,” (Harry Truman); “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women,” (Ronald Reagan); and “With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. ...Yes we can,” (Barack Obama)."(npr.org)

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Download a 30 sec MP3 of America, conducted by Judith Clurman and sung by Essential Voices USA for NPR's Mr. President series.

Mr. President on WQXR!

We are so excited for our conductor, Judith Clurman, to be placed on a list of “Top Five Works About American Presidents” on the WQXR website!

From Amanda Angel, WQXR, Feb 17, 2011: “4. The fruits of Judith Clurman’s Mr. President project are being unveiled at this moment. Clurman, a conductor and teacher, commissioned 16 composers to each write a 90‐second song for the commander‐in‐chief of his or her choice. The pieces vary from Samuel Adler's take on FDR to Milton Babbitt’s dedication to James Madison.”

March 13, 2011

The Composer Speaks: Shulamit Ran
An extraordinary one-of-a-kind experience:

Hebrew Union College, 1 West Fourth Street, New York City
March 13, 2011, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Repertoire included:
- Shirim L’Yom Tov (New York Premiere)
- Tzadik Katamer (New York Premiere)
- Ad sciendam (New York Premiere)
- B’chol Dor vaDor (World Premiere)
- Min Hameitzar (World Premiere)

Shulamit Ran

Shulamit Ran, Photo by Edward Chick. All rights reserved.

December 11, 2010

Carnegie Hall Holiday Celebration
Essential Voices USA participated in this concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell.
For more info: http://www.carnegiehall.org

December 11, 2010

Carnegie Hall Family Concert: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Essential Voices USA participated in this concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell.
For more info: http://www.carnegiehall.org

December 10, 2010

Carnegie Hall Holiday Celebration
Essential Voices USA participated in this concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell.
For more info: http://www.carnegiehall.org

November 19, 2010

Stephen Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration
Essential Voices USA participated in this concert with Kate Baldwin, Michael Cerveris, Aaron Lazar, and Christiane Noll.
For more info: http://www.carnegiehall.org

October 22, 2010

Leonard Bernstein: A Celebration at Symphony Space
Music Direction: Concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bernstein’s death and the publication of Steve J. Sherman’s book, Leonard Bernstein at Work: His Final Years, 1984-1990 (Amadeus Press).
For more info: http://www.symphonyspace.org

October 15, 2010

National Endowment for the Arts
Arts Journalism Institute for Classical Music and Opera
Columbia University School of Journalism

Faculty Member: Seminar in vocal technique and singing for music critics.
For more info: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu