Mon, May 13 | West End Collegiate Church

New Vistas Event & Members Meeting

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New Vistas Event & Members Meeting

Time & Location

May 13, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
West End Collegiate Church, 245 W 77th St, New York, NY

About the Event

6:00 PM

ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTION for all VCS Members (more details below!)

7:00 PM

NEW VISTAS CONCERT (more details below!)

8:30-9:30 PM

Wine & cheese reception with Performer Q&A


- Members enter free

- Non-members can join the VCS or make a donation at the door



Meeting is for ALL VCS MEMBERS, and there will be an election held for the VCS Board. Newly-joined members are welcome to attend!

If you wish to be nominated to the board, or if you would like to nominate someone who is willing to serve, please submit your nomination by Friday, May 10th to Please include a short bio of the person nominated - this should include credentials as well as why they want to serve on the board, and what they envision contributing.

A full list of nominees and their bios will be displayed on the VCS website:



An evening of exploration on the cello

What are the limits of musical possibilities with this great instrument, the cello?

Are there really any limits? What does the future look like?


Performances and discussions from featured cellists:

Kate Dillingham

Sean Grissom

Stephen Katz

Inbal Segev

The Whiskey Girls

Sara Sant'Ambrogio


About the Performers/Program:

Kate Dillingham, cellist and Executive Director of the Queens New Music Festival, performs " A Thousand Tongues" by Missy Mazzoli for cello and pre-recorded electronics: a short but intense response to a text by Stephen Crane.

One of the original ground breakers, cellist Sean Grissom will bring some of his subway Cajun/Rock spice above ground with "Cajun/Funk" and "While my Guitar Gently Weeps."

Cellist, vocalist, and award-winning composer Stephen Katz has charted new territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello with the groundbreaking strumming approach he calls Flying Pizzicato. Katz's compositions juggle two or more voices at a time, making music that lays grooves, weaves tunes, and lifts spirits.

Cellist, Inbal Segev ~ Anna Clyne's Fits + Starts was commissioned by the Los Angeles-based Hysterica Dance Company and comprises acoustic recordings of harpsichord, cello, and viola, which have been layered, manipulated and transformed to create a backdrop for the live solo cellist and Dan Cooper's Spinning Song features a mixture of contemporary dance rhythms with the sound of spinning coins and solo cello. The title references the medieval secular songs sung by maidens while spinning cloth. Catch her premiere of a new concerto by Anna Clyne with the Baltimore Symphony and Marin Alsop this June, or hear her perform with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The Whiskey Girls (Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish) is a duo of "vocellists" (singing cellists) born of finding new directions in cello playing. Their music blends harmonies and humor with multiple musical styles that explore boundaries in cello technique.

Grammy Award winning cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio has performed thousands of concerts on 6 continents as a soloist and as a member of the Eroica Trio. In 2019 Sara will give the world premiere of Michael Bacon's Cello Concerto with Alexander Mickelthwate and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and release the premiere recording of Bruce Wolosoff's Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In Dolcissimo from The Book, Peteris Vasks creates a new and haunting language of longing with the cello and the cellist.

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