di.vi.sion concert

di.vi.sion concerts: classical music in the Bronx

The di.vi.sion piano trio will be premiering works composed by Cynthia Miller, Melissa Shiflett and Jim Lahti

RSVP is requested at: division@divisionartsandeducation.org

Suggested donation at the door: $15 / $10 for students and seniors

Bring proof of vaccination and your mask. Audience seating will be set up for solical distancing.

About the composers:

Cynthia Miller has composed works in all genres, including chamber, vocal. and orchestral pieces. Her works have been praised by the New York Times for their “skill and lucidity,” and the Birmingham News described her music as having “sweep and breadth.” Miller holds a doctorate in composition from the City University of New York and was a founder of the New York-based Friends & Enemies of New Music. She has held teaching positions at Ball State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead, and served for ten years as music librarian at the University of Alabama. In addition to her concert music, she has collaborated extensively with directors and playwrights and has composed incidental music for theatrical productions at the University of Alabama, Ball State University and Minnesota State University.

Melissa Shiflett’s career began as resident composer for the experimental Dream Theatre in Chicago. She is a composer, librettist and pianist. Her operas have been produced in New York City (La MaMa E.T.C., the American Chamber Opera Company, New Dramatists, The Construction Company), in Philadelphia (The Pennsylvania Opera Theater), in Minnesota (Nautilus Music-Theater), and in Baltimore (Peabody Chamber Opera). Excerpts from her opera Dora, to a libretto by Nancy Fales Garrett, were presented on the first annual VOX Festival showcase of New York City Opera. Her one-act opera Lisa’s Room: A Dream received a fully staged production by the American Chamber Opera Company in June of 2016 at the Riverside Theatre in New York City. Her opera My Undying Love: An Amusement received a fully staged production by the American Chamber Opera Company at University Settlement’s Speyer Hall in the East Village in June of 2019.

Jim Lahti (ASCAP) received his musical training at Sonoma State University near San Francisco where he studied composition with Will Johnson, at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studied piano and composition with Robert Helps, and at the New School where he studied film scoring with Leonard Rosenmann. He has performed in solo and chamber music recitals on both coasts and has occasionally found himself doing church and nightclub work as well. From 2001-2007 he was the pianist with The OMNI Ensemble, based in Brooklyn and in 2001 this group released a CD of his chamber music which is available on CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com). He has also worked extensively in the theatre, from vocal coaching for the New York production of “Sugar Babies” and the musical direction for several productions at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco to conducting musicals and operas. In 2011 he became co-producer, script writer, music director, arranger, and pianist for Broadway Sings for Pride, a group founded to raise money through concerts for LGBTQ causes and comprised of Broadway actors. A 1982 recipient of a New York State Council on the Arts/Meet the Composer grant for his Variations for Flute and Piano, Jim has written for a wide range of instrumental and vocal combinations – musicals and musical revues, a movie score, art songs, concerti, orchestral works, a requiem mass, two operas, and a great deal of chamber music. His music has been heard in concerts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, and France, as well as on radio stations in the United States and Canada. He is the 2018 recipient of the BRIO Award for excellence in music composition from the Bronx Council on the Arts.  In 2019 di.vi.sion released a 2-CD set: of death and the planets on Albany Records (www.albanyrecords.com), his song cycle for soprano, tenor, flute, oboe, violin, viola, ‘cello, and piano on texts by John McEveety Woodruff.  Jim lives in New York City with his wife Mary, an artist and actress.



Nov 21 2021


America/New York
4:00 pm


Meeting House


Meeting House
4450 Fieldston Road, The Bronx, NY 10471


di.vi.sion arts and education, inc.



The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is located near the Fieldston Ethical Culture School campus in the Bronx. Click for a map to find directions:

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