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Wall to Wall Harlem Resonance Interviews: Cheryl Seltzer of Continuum
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 05/02/2013 at Symphony Space.

Cheryl Seltzer, co-director and pianist of the new music ensemble Continuum, sits down with Symphony Space intern Daniel Pecoraro to discuss the four rags by Scott Joplin (Pine Apple Rag, Rose Leaf Rag, and New Rag) and Darius Milhaud (Trois Rag-Caprices) she will perform at Wall to Wall Harlem Resonance on May 11th.

+ About the Artists

CHERYL SELTZER, pianist, was a founder of Continuum in 1966. Active in contemporary music since studying at Mills College with composers Darius Milhaud, Leon Kirchner, and Lawrence Moss, she also holds graduate degrees in musicology from Columbia University. Mrs. Seltzer made her professional debut with the San Francisco Symphony, and appears as a soloist and ensemble performer in contemporary and traditional music. She has participated in the Marlboro and Tanglewood Festivals, and has recorded for Vox, Desto, Advance, Nonesuch, CRI, Musical Heritage Society, TNC, Naxos, and New Albion. She is on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School of Music and Dance (New York), where she directed the Young People's Program for ten years, and introduced contemporary music projects for the students. She is an officer of the Stefan Wolpe Society, which oversees the restoration, promotion, and publication of the composer's works.


Winner of the prestigious Siemens international prize for distinguished service to music and four ASCAP/Chamber Music America Awards for Adventuresome Programming, New York-based CONTINUUM -- directed by Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs -- is now in its 43rd season.

After a CONTINUUM concert The New York Times wrote, "Simply put, there is no musical organization in New York that produces more intellectually enticing or more viscerally satisfying programs than Continuum... Year after year, its explorations in 20th-century repertory prove to be not only unusual and unexpected but also important and enduring... This ensemble has a long history of acting in behalf of composers whom others discover years or decades later."

CONTINUUM's name embodies the philosophy that new music and old form an unbroken tradition. Aiming to expand the audience for recent music, it has performed throughout the United States, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, at colleges and community series throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, in 25 tours to Europe, ten to Asia, and five to Latin America. In 2008 Continuum made its sixth visit to Mongolia's Roaring Hooves festival, and in recent seasons has appeared at festivals in Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

CBS-TV, educational television, National Public Radio, the Voice of America, and European networks have broadcast CONTINUUM events. CONTINUUM has made 17 portrait recordings for diverse labels. Its concert programs embrace the entire range of music from 20th-century classics such as Ives, Joplin and Webern, to today's composers from all over the world.


Daniel Pecoraro is the producer and host of the audio quiz show The Thursday Trivia Podcast and the audio documentary series infinitespace.

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