Students from the Hoff-Barthelson School of Music will perform a world premiere at the annual contemporary music festival

The Hoff-Barthelson School of Music’s annual contemporary music festival, The Music of Our Time, will take place from Monday, May 9, 2022 through Sunday, May 15, 2022 and will include a world premiere commissioned by the school. “To the Night” by composer Juhi Bansal for cello quintet will be played during the Festival’s culminating concert on Sunday May 15, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

“For more than 20 years, the Music of Our Time festival has provided the Hoff-Barthelson community with an outlet to explore, create and dive into contemporary music,” said Peter Seidenberg, artistic director of the festival. “The festival nurtures the concept that today’s music reflects the times we live in in a vital and vivid way.”

The school’s relationship with Juhi Bansal is made possible by Copland House, with whom Hoff-Barthelson has had a long and mutually beneficial relationship. “Both organizations are dedicated to introducing students and audiences to contemporary music and nurturing and developing emerging composers,” Seidenberg said.

Ms. Bansal’s composition, “To the Night”, uses the same setup as Schubert’s famous quintet – composed for a standard string quartet plus an extra cello instead of an extra viola – and relies on melodies and Indian rhythmic patterns. The quintet will be performed by HBMS students Eliana Weinsaft and Benjamin Reyes, violins; Oliva Seidenberg, viola; and cellists Yasmin Yogartnam and Sarah Rivas.

The School’s Advanced and Adult Jazz Ensembles, Ed Palermo, Director; the Beginner Voices, Yuki Hiruma Charlesworth, director; and the Petite Chorus and Junior Voices, Jennifer Tibbetts, director.

Throughout the Festival, soloists and faculty and student ensembles can be heard in recitals, including a recital of works created in the HB Compose Yourself school! Project. Key moment of the Festival, the HB Compose Yourself! The project is a rare opportunity for students to receive feedback from renowned and award-winning composers on the works they have written. The guest composers for 2022 are Stephanie Ann Boyd and Will Healy. Works created for this project will be featured on the HB Compose Yourself! Project Recital, Monday, May 9 at 8 p.m. Compose yourself! The project is coordinated by HBMS faculty member Derek Cooper.

“Jazz A to Z” led by HBMS faculty member and jazz great Ed Palermo will deliver an exciting evening of jazz favorites and originals on Monday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Faculty performers appearing at the Festival include pianists Elena Belli and Joan Forsyth, guitarist Andrew Marino, violinists Gary Kosloski and Eriko Sato, cellist Peter Seidenberg and clarinetist Dan Spitzer. The full program for these recitals is available at

“The Music of Our Time festival is one of the most exciting and creative events of the school year here at Hoff-Barthelson,” said general manager Ken Cole. “We hope you will join us for this dynamic celebration of new music! »

All events take place at the school, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, and are free.

“Radiant and transcendent”, Juhi Bansal’s music weaves together themes celebrating musical and cultural diversity, nature and the environment, and strong female role models. His music draws on elements as disparate as progressive metal, Hindustani music, spectralism and the tradition of musical theater to create deeply expressive and evocative soundscapes. As a Hong Kong-raised Indian composer, her work draws subtly from both of these traditions, intertwining them intricately and intricately with the gestures of Western classical music.

Recent projects include Waves of Change, a digital experience on femininity, identity and culture clash inspired by the story of the Bangladesh Girls Surf Club; and Edge of a Dream, an opera about Ada Lovelace, daughter of the infamous poet Lord Byron and 19th century computer pioneer, commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera. Past seasons have included commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Beth Morrison Projects, New York Virtuoso Singers, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Oakland East Bay Symphony, AIDS Quilt Songbook 20th Anniversary Project and more. She is a strong believer in bringing new audiences to contemporary music and helping musicians from all walks of life embrace the knowledge that they too can create music.

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