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Music Program Presents

Friday, October 5, 2012
Pianist Aron Kallay and Soprano Martha Herr
Blum Music building - Blum Hall
8:00 pm
In a program of mostly microtonal works by Kyle Gann, Tom Flaherty, Vera Ivanova, Isaac Schankler, John Schneider, and Brian Shepard
Gann: Every Something Is an Echo of Nothing, New Aunts, Fugitive Objects, and the world premiere of Scenario for voice and soundfile
Flaherty: Barstow Bagatelle
Ivanova: Mbira or In Cage with Adams
Schankler: Alien Warp Etude
Schneider: Lament
Shepard: All the Pretty Colors of the Rainbow

Aron Kallay concentrates on the piano as a MIDI instrument, widely expanding the keyboard’s potentials in especially the area of microtonality. An award-winning solo and chamber musician, he has performed throughout the United States, as well as in the Czech Republic and Ukraine. His performances have been heard internationally on the radio shows Music From Carnegie Mellon and The Global Village. He has also been broadcast live over the internet from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the California Institute of the Arts. Kallay is a champion of contemporary composers, microtonal music, and music that combines electronics with acoustic instruments. As such, he is dedicated to expanding the repertoire by commissioning new works that challenge the idea of what it means to be a pianist in the 21st century.

Matha Herr has performed throughout Brazil, the United States and Europe as a soloist and as a member of contemporary Brazilian ensembles such as Rio Cello Ensemble, Masters Singers of Sao Paulo, and the New Horizon Group. She is Professor of Singing at the Art Institute of Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and has acted as regent of the State Choir of St. Paul's Choir and English Culture in the same city. Devoted to contemporary music, she has premiered more than 70 works, including John Cage’s Europera V in 1991. Her recordings include a CD of songs by Virgil Thomson and Europera V, various Brazilian music recordings and studio recordings by more than a dozen radio and television networks in Brazil and Europe.

For more information, call 845-758-7251, or e-mail

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Blum Music building - Blum Hall