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2005 marked the launch of yet another pioneering program at the SCA: the first annual Call for Scores, inviting composers worldwide to submit their work for consideration in future SCA concert seasons. '[In 2005], we received scores from over sixty different composers from all over the world', comments Romig, 'and though we applied the same aesthetic criteria to all scores during our search, we were delighted to find that the program we had selected was filled with tremendous variety, from five different composers, all of whom had made a common attempt to do something "new", "adventurous", and "progressive".'

Edward Taylor at the drumset
Edward Taylor at the drumset

The next SCA concert is slated for 22 November 2005, and will feature McMurtery and Mack in a recital of works by Brian Ferneyhough, Edward Taylor, Milton Babbitt, and James Romig. When asked about the upcoming performance, McMurtery smiles mischievously and replies, 'Basically, Ashlee and I will be throwing chunks of raw musical meat from the stage. Carceri d'Invenzione (the Dungeons of Invention) IIb by Brian Ferneyhough contains lightning bursts of microtonal energy, gradually winding down to some of the most beautifully lyrical solo flute writing I have ever encountered. The other solo flute piece on the program, Milton Babbitt's None But The Lonely Flute, is very dear to my heart, because it was the subject of my doctoral dissertation. Ashlee will perform the piano sonatas of James Romig and Edward Taylor, and I am really looking forward to hearing such a dynamic performer attack these devilishly difficult and exciting works. I am amazed at her sensitive ensemble skills, as well as her ability to internalize the most complex music.'

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Copyright © 15 November 2005 Amanda von Goetz, New York City, USA

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