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The New Music Gathering

Friday, January 8th 2016

CLASSROOM 206—11:15 am -12:15 pm

Composers and artists Whitney George, Sugar Vendil , Federico Liach, Greg Jukes, and Matt Marks hold a discussion about THEATRICALITY IN NEW MUSIC

BYRD HALL—5:15 pm- 6:15 pm


The Curiosity Cabinet ​and Tenth Intervention ​split a bill for this event. The Curiosity Cabinet will present selections from their work The Strange Library for narrator, projected images, and live music

Alice Jones, flute

Adam von Housen, violin

Hugh Ash, trumpet

Joe Tucker, percussion

Whitney George, narrator


for more information on the series of events, please visit:

O Mistress, My Mistress

Saturday, February 13th 2016—7:30 pm

Sonnets from Shakespeare — Miriam Gideon

for trumpet, violin I, violin II, viola, ‘cello, &  soprano

selections from Love Songs —David Morneau

for flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin I, violin II, viola, ‘cello, double bass & soprano

Veiled —Whitney George

for violin I, violin II, viola, ‘cello, & double bass

selections from Shakespeare Songs — Jay Vilnai

for violin, viola, 'cello, & soprano

Three Songs from Shakespeare —Igor Stravinsky

for flute, clarinet, viola, & soprano

Valentine — Jacob Druckman

for solo double bass


The Curiosity Cabinet: Martha Cargo, flute; Aleks Karjaka, clarinet; Hugh Ash, trumpet; 

Charlotte Munn-Wood, violin; Adam von Housen, violin; Pedro Vizzarro-Vallejos, viola; Caleigh Drane, 'cello; 

Emilio Guarino, double bass; Justine Aronson, soprano; Whitney George, conductor]


South Oxford Space

138 S. Oxford Street

Brooklyn, New York



The Curiosity Cabinet & C4 Choral Group—Composers NOW Concert

Tuesday, February 16th—7:30 pm

Under the guidance of distinguished Professor of Music Tania Leon, the Graduate Center composers currently enrolled in the composition seminar will present an evening of original works for choir and mixed chamber ensembles performed by choral group C4, under the direction of Karen Siegel, and the instrumental new music ensemble The Curiosity Cabinet under the direction of composer and conductor Whitney George. The program includes:


The Ballad-Singer — Nathan Pell

Recitation Tomb — Peter Kramer

Elegy — Joseph Prestamo

To Fall — Qin Ding

Mythologies — Drake Andersen

Méandres — Jean-Patrick Besingrand

If I can't dance... — Vicente Alexim

Nymphonia — Sang-Hoon Song 


The Curiosity Cabinet: Martha Cargo, alto flute; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Charlotte Munn-Wood, violin;

David McCarthy, viola; Caleigh Drane, 'cello, Ellery Trafford, percussion; Joe Tucker, percussion ]


[ C4Eliza Bagg, soprano; Lisa Burns, alto; Brooke Collins, soprano; Rebecca Ehren, soprano; Mario Gullo, tenor; Bill Heigen, tenor; Lorena del Mar, soprano; Brian Mountford, bass; David See, bass; Bettina Sheppard, alto; Martha Sullivan, conductor; Perry Townsend, conductor/baritone ]


Elebash Recital Hall

The Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue

New York, New York


[ admission is free ]

The Wild Called Maxx

Wednesday, April 6th 2016—9:00 pm

The Wild Called Maxx is the story of Maxx​, a young and progressive woman, who is having trouble merging her creative identity with her lifestyle. She leaves her traditional job in the suburbs and journeys to the city. The unknown jungle of the metropolitan New York, full of monsters, is overwhelming to Maxx at first. Over time she finds ardent friends willing to help her find her creative voice.


The story is told through live music written by Whitney George and performed by The Curiosity Cabinet with special bass trombone soloist Russ Zokaites and vocalist Emily Iaquinta . Original artwork by Sammy Lopez  feature illustrated slides for each scene, creating a monstrous urban jungle fit for the 21st century with strong and vibrant colors that help create and shape Maxx's revolutionary world of discovery.


The Curiosity Cabinet: Aleks Karjaka, clarinet;

Maya Bennardo, violin; Caleigh Drane, 'cello;

Tristan Kasten-Krause, double bass;

Andrea Christie, piano, Joe Tucker, percussion; 

Whitney George, narrator/conductor ]


with special guest artists

Russ Zokaites, bass trombone

& Emily Iaquinta, voice


National Sawdust

80 North 6th Street

Brooklyn, New York



The Sphere of Influence: In the Wake of Pierrot

Thursday, April 14th 2016—7:30 pm

The Curiosity Cabinet, with the support of the New York Women Composers Organization and the Earle Brown Foundation present the second concert in their Sphere of Influence series, influenced by the seminal work Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg. The evening will incorporate theater and staging between works for a seamless and dramatic presentation. The program includes:


Chasing Light — Whitney George

for flute, clarinet, violin, ‘cello, piano, and percussion

as like a raging fire—Chen Yi

for flute, clarinet, violin, ‘cello, and piano

Apart/ment—Rebekah Driscoll

for 4 singers, alto flute, bass clarinet, 'cello, & piano

The Viola in My Life (1)—Morton Feldman

for viola, flute, clarinet, violin, 'cello, piano, & percussion

Tracking Pierrot—Earle Brown

for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, 'cello, percussion, & piano

These Broken Wings—David Lang

for flute, clarinet, violin, 'cello, percussion, & piano


The Curiosity Cabinet: Alice Jones, flute, Aleks Karjaka, clarinet; Charlotte Munn-Wood, violin;

Pedro Vizzarro-Vallejos, viola; Liz Kovalchuk, 'cello; Isabelle O'Connell, piano, Joe Tucker, percussion; 

Whitney George, narrator/conductor ]


with special guestsChristine Cornell, Barbara Porto, Kristina Malinauskaite & Julia Tang 


Firehouse Space

246 Frost Street

Brooklyn, NY



Night, like Velvet: in Twelve Letters

Monday, May 23rd 2016—8:00 pm

​Still & Brimming—Mirror
for flute, clarinet, violin, 'cello, & percussion

Cracked Looking Glass
for violin & 'cello

A Compass as My Planchette
for chamber ensemble & voice

​Her Secret Drawer
for clarinet, trombone, viola, 'cello, double bass,​ percussion, & piano

​As the Crow Flies
for flute, violin, 'cello, percussion, piano, & voice

​Burning a Name with Black Edges
for violin, 'cello, & piano

​In Green Water
for flute, clarinet, violin, 'cello,​ percussion, & piano
The Flickering of a Four-Cornered Eye

for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, 'cello, double bass, percussion,​ piano​​, & voice

​Watching the Dark Slowly Unfold

for clarinet, violin, viola, 'cello, & piano

​The Pit of Red

for flute, clarinet,​ violin, 'cello,​ piano, & percussion​

Open me or Readdress me

for solo percussion

Rope at the Throat

for flute, violin, 'cello, & percussion


The Curiosity Cabinet: Lindsey Eckenroth, flute; Aleks Karjaka, clarinet; Alix Tocou, trombone; Adam von Housen, violin; Pedro Vizzarro-Vallejos, viola; Liz Kovalchuk, 'cello, Tristan Kasten-Kruase, double bass; Isabell O'Connell, piano; Joe Tucker, percussion; Sharon Harms, soprano; Whitney George, conductor]


Dixon Place

161 Chrystie Street

New York, New York



The Yellow Waper

Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th—7:30 pm

Witness one woman's journey on the road to madness, presented by Fresh Squeezed Opera and The Curiosity Cabinet. Whitney George’s hauntingly beautiful interpretation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper lends itself to a unique multi-disciplinary experience.

The story depicts the effect of extreme loneliness and solitude, common to women of that station, on the narrator's mental health and her descent into psychosis. She becomes obsessed with the wallpaper. "It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw – not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things. But there is something else about that paper – the smell! ... The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell."


Denise Crawfort’s electric performance highlights the relevance of a story about a trapped woman to modern society. Whitney George leads the Curiosity Cabinet in a humbling, thought-provoking show. Performed at the DiMenna Center, this opera transcends its Victorian setting to become resonant with contemporary audiences.


The Curiosity Cabinet: 

Lindsey Eckenroth, flute; Lee Braun, oboe; Mara Mayer, bass clarinet; Charlotte Munn-Wood, violin;

Pat Muchmore, 'cello; Justin Lee, double bass; Joe Tucker, mallet percussion; Michael Lupo, aux. percussion; 

Isabelle (Izzy) O'Connell, harpsichord; Melinda Faylor, celeste; Whitney George, conductor


Fresh Squeezed Opera:

Denise Crawfort, soprano

Ryan Hill, baritone

Christine Duncan, dancer


DiMenna Center

450 West 37th Street

New York, New York



The Strange Library

Friday, July 22nd 2016—8:00 pm

Designed and illustrated by Murakami’s frequent collaborator Chip Kidd, the novella is packaged like a graphic novel. The collage technique of Kidd’s work gives the images a moody, mysterious, and all-together surreal quality, depicting the darkest dreams of a child, our protagonist.


The plot of the novella is as eerie as the images accompanying the text: a young boy enters a strange library, described as “even more hushed than usual”, and he is sent to Room 107. An odd librarian leads him though an illogical maze beneath the library. It is in Room 107 that we discover the librarian’s devious plot. The boy encounters a small man dressed as a sheep and a young girl who delivers food, their worlds strangely entangled due to our protagonist’s unfortunate situation. The boy’s predicament as the prisoner of the librarian grows stranger and stranger by the page.


The Curiosity Cabinet:

Alice Jone, flutes

Aleks Karjaka, clarinets

Pedro Vizzarro-Vallejos, viola
Joe Tucker, percussion
Whitney George, narrator


Mise-en Place

678 Hart Street

Brooklyn, New York



The Inner Circle

Friday, October 20th 2016 & Saturday, October 21st 2016—7:30 pm

The Inner Circle is a sexually blunt new opera about a group of researchers in the 1940s, led by the charismatic visionary Professor Kinsey, whose lives are entangled in his quest to scientifically study human sexual behavior in a way never before attempted.

Let Opera on Tap tease you with scenes from the opera-in-development by Daniel Felsenfeld and Kate Gale, in collaboration with The Curiosity Cabinet, followed by a talk-back and reception with the creators. Incubated by the cell theatre, The Inner Circle is part of Opera on Tap’s Roadworks commissioning series, with masterful stage direction by Joseph Hendel, and music direction by Mila Henry.


The Curiosity Cabinet: 

Alice Jones, flute
Ashlee Miller, clarinet
Adam von Housen, violin
Liz Kovalchuk, 'cello


Opera on Tap:

Maria Elena Armijo

Jeremy Hirsch

Heather Michele Meyer

Matthew Yohn 

Mila Henry, piano


the cell theatre

338 West 23rd Street

New York, New York



Sinners & Saints

Friday, October 28th & Saturday, October 29th — 8:00 pm

Join us for a costumed, Halloween-themed collaboration between co-director and composer Whitney George and puppeteer-designer Daniel Patrick Fay, featuring "The Curious Tale of Ed Leedskainin, the story of a small unassuming Latvian immigrant who is responsible for singlehandedly constructing the monument Coral Castle in Florida. This was an impossible feat for one man to create, but he claimed that he had discovered the secret of the Egyptians and constructed this monolithic coral city using nothing but a small mysterious box set on a tripod that he claimed could reverse the magnetic forces on Earth and levitate these huge structures. To this day no one can explain how these coral formations could have been moved from the sea miles away to the location where he built this and he did it for a woman he loved who never came to see his creation. Ed's tale is reimagined with original music, film, and puppetry in a feature-long theatrical presentation. Our evening will also include a thrilling burlesque performance of The Masochist's Tango, for solo violin, performed by Adam von Housen, and a setting of E.A. Poe's classic poem The Raven.


The Curiosity Cabinet: 

Adam von Housen, violin
Alice Jones, flute
Mara Mayer, bass clarinet
Joe Tucker, percussion

Whitney George, actress/composer

Daniel Patrick Fay, puppeteer/design


The Standard Toykraft

722 Metropolitan Ave

Brooklyn, New York



The Sensory String Quartet

Friday, December 9th —7:00 & 8:00 pm

BitterSuite is pioneering a new way to listen to music through all the senses. As one of just 30 audience members, you’ll find yourself blindfolded and guided through Debussy’s String Quartet in the comforting hands of a BitterSuite dancer, who will move around you and move you around, spray smells, feed you tastes. Each sensory experience has been designed by a team of specialists including Perfumer Sarah McCartney, Chef Ysanne Spevack and Psychologist Clare Jonas to create an embodied experience where each sense works together to deepen the nature of the music itself.


“This is active listening.” The Guardian 


With a live performance of the string quartet from The Curiosity Cabinet Ensemble, the evening is a true feast for the senses.


The Curiosity Cabinet: 

Charlotte Munn-Wood, violin
Adam von Housen, violin
Pedro Vizzarro-Vallejos, viola
Liz Kovalchuk, 'cello


BAM: Hillman Studios

30 Lafayette Ave

Brooklyn, New York



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