North/South Consonance Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra
North/South Consonance Ensemble was founded in 1980 by the dynamic composer/pianist Max Lifchitz. Since its inception, North/South Consonance has received widespread acclaim for its exciting and engaging performances of composers of our time. Under the leadership of Max Lifchitz, this adventurous ensemble has brought to the attention of the New York public over 750 different works by composers from every corner of the world.
Max Lifchitz, Lisa Hansen, Wolfram Koessel, and Gary Hamme on tour at Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes concert, Centro de Bellas Artes, San Juan Puerto Rico.
Lisa Hansen rehearsing Robert Martin’s One Year the Milkweed with Max Lifchitz and the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra.
Lisa Hansen has performed with the Grammy-nominated North/South Consonance and Chamber Orchestra since 1988. She has been a featured soloist in numerous performances of prominent and emerging composers, and in premiere recordings on the North/South label including Harold Schiffman’s Concertino for Flute and Strings, and Stephen Yip’s Shun.
“Katherine Hoover’s South Zephyr was an evocatively buoyant, gently kinetic evocation of an enveloping, warmly comforting wind from the tropics, Lisa Hansen’s flute afloat on a lush bed of strings.”
Lucid Culture, June 2014. (review of premiere performance of South Zephyr for flute and chamber orchestra) https://lucidculture.wordpress.com/tag/katherine-hoover-composer/
Duo Recitals with Max Lifchitz and Lisa Hansen
“Lisa Hansen played the flute part incisively, with Mr. Lifchitz accompanying.” –Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
Max Lifchitz and Lisa Hansen.
“a florid flute solo full of emphatic high leaps, birdlike ornament and racing coloratura. . . . A piano joins the flute in this two-person virtuoso sprint . . . . Lisa Hansen, flutist, and Max Lifchitz, pianist, were kept busy most of the afternoon, here especially so.” –Bernard Holland, The New York Times
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Max Lifchitz, the versatile composer, pianist, and director of the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, was born in Mexico City and has appeared on concert stages throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. The San Francisco Chronicle described him as “a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist” while The New York Times praised Mr. Lifchitz for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances.”
The North/South Consonance Duo’s performances have delighted audiences in the United States and elsewhere. Lisa Hansen and Max Lifchitz began their decades-long collaboration after she left her position as principal flutist of the Mexico City Philharmonic and returned to the United States. Their innovative duo recitals feature music of the Americas and include recent premieres and classic repertoire.
A typical program presents beloved works by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce, an undiscovered gem by Argentine Romantic Alberto Williams (a student of César Cesar Franck), an exciting premiere by Cuban guitar virtuoso/composer Jose Lezcano, and Max Lifchitz’s own Mosaico Latinoamericano, a stunning mosaic of folk melodies and dance tunes from various Latin American countries that is a popular highlight of their concerts Mosaico Latinoamericano was composed for Ms. Hansen and pianist Katrina Krimsky, who premiered it in Zürich, Switzerland in 1991. The music critic of Zürich’s Badener Tagblatt termed the premiere a “definite success,” and added “Latin American rhythms and melodies shimmered like a tender light without at all becoming rebellious.”
All Seasons Chamber Players
Members of All Seasons Chamber Players – one of the New York area’s leading ensembles – now celebrating its 36th season.
Lisa Hansen, Jean Strickholm, E. Zoe Hassman, Robert Lawrence, and Jaqueline Schiller-Audi. allseasonschamberplayers.org
All Seasons Chamber Players from the harpsichord program series at the Barron Arts Center.
Amirov Flute/Piano Duo (from the All Seasons Chamber Players CD Highlights of 2015)
Lisa Hansen with composer Matt Halper and pianist Jaqueline Schiller-Audi.
A chamber ensemble of flute, harp, voice and added cello that has captivated audiences… Featuring performances of I Remember, based on Anne Frank’s diary, which was written for and premiered by Serenata at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Performances include: Works That Celebrate the Life of Anne Frank, An American Epic of Love and Loss, “I Remember”, Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Artur Holde Hall Westport Arts Center, and a Classical Concert for Spring.
Kean University Conservatory
Lisa Hansen joined the Kean faculty in 2003 and was appointed to the Concert Artist Faculty in 2008. She is actively involved with the Kean community performing with distinguished university colleagues and running a teaching studio. Learn more about teaching and collaborations…
Lisa Hansen, Michael Cohen, Robin Gordon-Cartier, and Katherine Harris in Recital.
New York Scandia Symphony
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Ms. Hansen is principal flutist of the New York Scandia Symphony, an orchestra that presents the music of Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Scandinavian composers. She has been featured soloist with the Scandia Symphony in concert performances, live radio broadcasts on NPR, and recordings, including the highly acclaimed CD of her performance of Nielsen’s flute concerto.
New York Scandia Sell Out Symphony Space
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New York Scandia & Johan Helmich Roman’s Flute Concerto
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New York Scandia Symphony, established in 1988 by music director Dorrit Matson, continues to delight audiences with imaginative and creative concerts featuring classical, contemporary, and romantic Scandinavian music by both established and lesser known composers. The Symphony has appeared numerous times on NPR’s “Performance Today,” as well as other radio broadcasts and has recorded several highly praised CDs of music by Bernhardt Crusell, Lars-Erik Larsson, and Carl Nielsen.
Mexico City Philharmonic
One Year the Milkweed, Robert Martin; North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, NYC Composers Now Festival
Niëlsen Flute Concerto, New York Scandia Symphony: 150th Anniversary Nielsen & Sibelius: Symphony Space, NYC
Roman Concerto for Flute, New York Scandia Symphony: MOSA Concert Series, NYC
South Zephyr,* (premiere) Katherine Hoover, North/South Chamber Orchestra, NYC
Concerto da Camara, Allen Brings, One Year the Milkweed,* (premiere) Robert Martin; North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra NYC
Roman Concerto for Flute, New York Scandia Symphony, Scandinavian House, NYC
Shun, Stephen Yip, North/South Consonance, Christ & St. Stephen’s Church NYC
Mosaico Latinoamericano, Max Lifchitz, North/South Consonance, Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, NYC
Schiffman Concertino for Flute & Strings,* Christ & ST Stephen’s Church, NYC
Mosaico Latinoamericano (Lifchitz) Merkin Hall, NYC
Roman Concerto for Flute, New York Scandia Symphony: Trinity Church, NYC
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Hudson Sinfonietta, Summer Serenades Festival, Bennett Park, NYC
Niëlsen Flute Concerto, New York Scandia Symphony: Trinity Church, NYC
Superior Seven, Robert Ashley,** Festival International des Musiques d’Aujourd’hui: Marseille, France
Impresiones de la Puna, Tribute to Alberto Ginastera, St. Cecilia Orchestra: Albany & Schenectady, NY
Mosaico; Impresiones, Arcady Festival Orchestra: Bar Harbor, Maine
Concierto para un gentilhombre, Rodrigo, Mexico State Symphony: Mexico City & Toluca, Mexico
Mozart Concerto, National Symphony of El Salvador: San Salvador, El Salvador
Concierto Pastoral, Rodrigo, International Homage 90th Year: Mexico City Philharmonic
Haydn Adagio, Jupiter Symphony: Delaware University
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Naumburg Orchestra: Damrosch Park, NYC
Concierto Pastoral for flute & orchestra (Joaquin Rodrigo): Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, (EMI Classics)
“One might well prefer Hansen to Galway” –Fanfare
Concerto for Flute & Orchestra (Carl Niëlsen): New York Scandia Symphony (Centaur)
BEST OF THE YEAR SELECTION –Fanfare
Concertino for Flute & Orchestra (Harold Schiffman): North/South Consonance (N/S/ R 1045)
Shun (Stephen Yip): North/South Consonance Ensemble (N/S/ R 1052)
Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Rodrigo – arr. Galway): Mexico State Symphony (EMI Classics) 4 STARS –BBC Magazine
One Year the Milkweed,* Robert Martin; North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra (N/S R): Scheduled release 2016
Hansen/Hamme Family Quartet
Flute, Oboe, Violin and Piano.
Lisa Hansen and Gary Hamme.
The Hansen/Hamme Quartet premiered Michael Cohen’s Fantasie, written for the Hansen/Hamme Family Quartet
Lisa and her aunt, pianist/composer Katrina Krimsky, have performed and recorded together in Switzerland and the U.S. in duo recitals, and in ensembles featuring Krimsky’s original compositions.
“Krimsky was joined by flute virtuoso Lisa Hansen for technically awesome and emotionally moving duet renditions of works by Copland, Alberto Williams, and Max Lifchitz, as well as Krimsky’s ‘La Plage de Soleil’”
-Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian
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“In Bellum Primum” World Premiere
The world premiere of 2012 Latin Grammy award winner Yalil Guerra’s ”In Bellum Primum” at Enlow Hall, Kean University, with pianist Martha Marchena.
Performed by Max Lifchitz and Lisa Hansen at Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum Thursday, April 24, 2014 Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall Kean University.