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Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 3:00pm EST

Boston Choral Ensemble — “Holiday Concert”
Old South Church, Boston, MA
Boston Choral Ensemble reprises Nell’s Blue Shadows, Silver Sunlight, a choral setting of three poems for the winter season, which they commissioned in 2019.
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Release Early January 2022

NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music: Trans & Nonbinary Voices, Vol. 1
Publication including Nell’s Fallen Star (2017/arr. 2020) for voice and piano, written with lyricist Mashuq Mushtaq Deen.
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Saturday, November 13, 2021 — January 30, 2022

Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement
The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Continuous screenings of video piece Le Mystère du Pouvoir Féminin (The Mystery of Feminine Power), which is scored with excerpts from Nell’s Transform the World with Beauty, to accompany special exhibition Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement.
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Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8:00pm EDT

Juventas New Music Ensemble — “Lungs of the City”
Multicultural Arts Center, East Cambridge, MA
Live YouTube Broadcast
Juventas presents the co-World Premiere of Nell’s Breath of the Meadow, Heart of the Woodland inspired by New York City’s Prospect Park and Central Park. Part of Lungs of the City: Olmsted’s Parks in Music, a cross-regional concert series of new chamber music celebrating public parks and commemorating the bicentennial Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth.
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More performances in 2022, TBA soon!


Recent Events

Check out recordings of past performances in the Works section.

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 3:00pm

Skylark Vocal Ensemble — “It’s a Long Way” Album Concert
First Parish Church in Weston, Weston, MA
Skylark performs the live World Premiere of Nell’s It’s a Long Way: the title track of their new album.
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Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 7:00pm

Skylark Vocal Ensemble — “It’s a Long Way” Album Concert
Belleville Church, Newburyport, MA
Skylark performs the live World Premiere of Nell’s It’s a Long Way: the title track of their new album.
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Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:00pm

Skylark Vocal Ensemble — “It’s a Long Way” Album Concert
Simon Center for the Arts at Falmouth Academy, Falmouth MA
Skylark performs the live World Premiere of Nell’s It’s a Long Way: the title track of their new album.
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Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 10:00am & 11:15am

Musica Viva NY — “It’s a Long Way”
All Souls Unitarian Church, New York, NY
Musica Viva NY performs Nell’s It’s a Long Way as part of their Sunday services. The 11:15 service will be live-streamed here for those who wish to join remotely.
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Friday, October 1, 2021 at 7:00pm

Montage Music Society — Music Inspired by Visual Art
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, Durango, CO

Montage Music Society performs Transforming Forest.
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Friday, September 24, 2021

Skylark Vocal Ensemble — “It’s a Long Way” Album Release
Skylark releases their new album, “It’s a Long Way,” featuring Nell’s piece as the title track.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:00pm PDT

Landscape Music: Earth Year
Free Online Event Presented by Visions of the Wild Festival
Nell discusses her work Transforming Forest alongside a panel of composers and musicians from Landscape Music.
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Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 7:30pm

UPDATE: Postponed due to COVID-19; new concert date TBA
Toronto Messiaen Ensemble — “Dance with Contemporary Composers”
Canadian Music Centre, Toronto, ON
Toronto Messiaen Ensemble performs Nell’s Retrace, selected through their international Call for Scores.
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Friday, May 22, 2020

UPDATE: Canceled due to COVID-19
Houston Grand Opera presents workshop of Turn and Burn
Houston, TX

A workshop reading of Turn and Burn, Nell’s chamber opera commissioned through HGOco’s “Song of Houston” initiative. Featuring the full score for five soloists and 8-piece chamber ensemble.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 4:00pm

UPDATE: Canceled due to COVID-19 (more info)
Williams Chamber Choir — “Looking/Seeing”
Williams College, Williamstown, MA
The Williams Chamber Choir performs Nell’s “In an Artist’s Studio,” a selection from her choral cycle Transform the World with Beauty.
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Friday, April 17, 2020 at 6:00pm

UPDATE: Canceled due to COVID-19 (more info)
Williams Chamber Choir — “Looking/Seeing”
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
The Williams Chamber Choir performs Nell’s “In an Artist’s Studio,” a selection from her choral cycle Transform the World with Beauty.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:30pm

UPDATE: Canceled due to COVID-19 (more info)
Houston Grand Opera HGOco’s “Rodeo Songs”
Stars Over Texas Stage, Rodeo Houston, Houston, TX

Houston Grand Opera presents Miss Leslie and Her Juke Jointers in a reprisal of HGOco’s “Rodeo Songs,” featuring the World Premiere of Next Rodeo: Nell’s country song with lyrics by Megan Cohen, adapted from their upcoming World Premiere chamber opera Turn and Burn.
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Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:00pm

The Astoria Choir — “Women in Song”
Trinity Lutheran Church, Astoria, NY

In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Astoria Choir performs Nell’s “My First Camera”—a selection from her choral cycle Transform the World with Beautyawarded through the choir’s Call for Scores.
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Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 3:00pm

Boston Choral Ensemble Holiday Concert
Old South Church, Boston, MA
Boston Choral Ensemble’s holiday concert features the World Premiere of Blue Shadows, Silver Sunlight, which the choir commissioned from Nell through their 12th Annual Commission Competition. Purchase Tickets.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Houston Grand Opera presents workshop of Turn and Burn
Houston, TX

A workshop reading of Turn and Burn, Nell’s chamber opera commissioned through HGOco’s “Song of Houston” initiative.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:30pm

Michigan Technological University
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
MTU’s New Music concert “Rock Music! A Celebration of Rocks” includes Revealed in Stone, Nell’s song cycle for tenor and piano inspired by the poetry and sculptures of Michelangelo. Event website. Live-stream the performance at https://www.mtu.edu/vpa/live.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10:00am

Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra
Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA
Bloomsburg University performs Nell’s The Sphinx and the Milky Way for orchestra, inspired by the paintings of Charles E. Burchfield, on their annual “Young Person’s Concert.” Event website.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3:00pm

Juventas New Music Ensemble
Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
Cambridge, MA
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Juventas New Music Ensemble performs Retrace, Nell’s work for flute, violin, and cello inspired by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

April 4-7, 2019

Skylark Vocal Ensemble
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World Premiere of Nell’s Transform the World with Beauty for vocal ensemble,  commissioned by Skylark Vocal Ensemble for Masterpiece: an innovative, multi-faceted program offering musical reflections and reactions to the visual arts from the ancient to the modern.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:00pm
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:00pm
Gloucester Meeting House, Gloucester, MA

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3:00pm
Cole Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 4:00pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, Washington DC

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 3:00pm

Montage Music Society
Altazano Salon Series, Santa Fe, NM
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Nell’sTransforming Forest for piano, violin, and cello, inspired by the land art installations of Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio of San Francisco. Commissioned by Montage Music Society.

friday, March 8, 2019 at 5:30pm

Artist Talk: Nell Shaw Cohen, Inspired by Place
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
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Artist talk in conjunction with special exhibit The Legacy of Helene Wurlitzer: Works from the Harwood Collection.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:00pm

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Symphony Orchestra
La Crosse, WI
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World Premiere of The Sphinx and the Milky Way for orchestra, inspired by the paintings of Charles E. Burchfield.

friday, March 1, 2019 at 6:00pm

Montage Music Society
SITE Sante Fe, Santa Fe, NM
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World Premiere of Nell’s Transforming Forest for piano, violin, and cello, inspired by the land art installations of Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio of San Francisco. Commissioned by Montage Music Society.

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30pm
SUnday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

Mabel’s Call at University of New Mexico Opera Theatre
Keller Hall, UNM, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Workshop production of Mabel’s Call, Nell’s 85-minute chamber opera, featuring six soloists, chorus, and a seven-piece chamber ensemble. Stage Direction and Production by Leslie Umphrey and Sam Shepperson and Music Direction by Dr. Kristin Ditlow. Free pre-performance symposium with author Lois Rudnick one hour before each performance. Nell will be a Guest Artist in residency with UNM Opera Theatre during Fall 2018.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

Juventas New Music Ensemble presents Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails 
First Church Boston, Boston, MA
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Juventas New Music Ensemble performs Retrace, Nell’s work for flute, violin, and cello inspired by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. This concert is part of Landscape Music: Rivers & Trailsa nationwide initiative coordinated by the Landscape Music Composers Network to commemorate the 50th Anniversaries of the National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018 at 7:00pm

Citywater
Sacramento State Festival of New American Music, Sacramento, CA

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Citywater reprises their performances of Retrace and “In the Lupine Hills” from Refuge, along with two other selections from Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails, as part of the opening night gala program on Sacramento State’s Festival of New American Music.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

Juventas New Music Ensemble
Boston New Music Festival Keynote Concert

First Church Boston, Boston, MA
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Juventas New Music Ensemble performs of Retrace, Nell’s work for flute, violin, and cello inspired by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 12:00PM

Cathie Apple and Friends
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sacramento, CA

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Citywater reprises their performances of Retrace and “In the Lupine Hills” from Refuge, along with two other selections from Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails.

Thursday, October 18

Juventas New Music Ensemble previews Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails
Margaret Fuller House, Cambridge, MA
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Juventas New Music Ensemble performs an outreach concert including Retrace, Nell’s work for flute, violin, and cello inspired by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The full Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails program will be presented in Boston on November 3.

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:00pm

Cascadia Composers presents Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails
The Old Church, Portland, OR
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Cascadia Composers presents the co-premiere of Retrace, Nell’s work for flute, violin, and cello inspired by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Part of Landscape Music: Rivers & Trailsa nationwide initiative coordinated by the Landscape Music Composers Network to commemorate the 50th Anniversaries of the National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

Michigan Technological University presents Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails
McArdle Theater, Houghton, MI
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MTU presents the co-premiere of RetraceNell’s work for flute, violin, and cello inspired by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Part of Landscape Music: Rivers & Trailsa nationwide initiative coordinated by the Landscape Music Composers Network to commemorate the 50th Anniversaries of the National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 4:00pm

Visions of the Wild presents Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails
Empress Theatre, Vallejo, CA
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Citywater performs the co-premiere of RetraceNell’s work for flute, violin, and cello inspired by the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Part of Landscape Music: Rivers & Trailsa nationwide initiative coordinated by the Landscape Music Composers Network to commemorate the 50th Anniversaries of the National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

The Betterment Society
Diversionary Theatre, San Diego, California (event page)
The Spark new play festival presents a reading of The Betterment Society by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, featuring a song written by Nell and Deen. Tickets are $15; purchase online.

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe and the New Mexico Landscape
House concert, Jacksonville, Florida (event page)
The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble performs works selected from their annual Call for Scores, including a live performance and screening of Nell’s The Faraway Nearby, a multimedia piece with video and music for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello. Ticket $40 advance, $50 at the door; purchase online.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

Human Child Lullaby, Sorting Photos, and Bury Me
Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London UK (event page)
An evening of arias and songs, including three of Nell’s works written with playwright and librettist Edward Einhorn—two of which are World Premieres—featuring students from Goodenough College.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

Mabel’s Call at Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers (website)
Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase offers audiences a first look at the developmental processes for operas. A 20-minute excerpt of Nell’s chamber opera Mabel’s Call will be featured in a concert reading with piano accompaniment. Tickets are $10; purchase online.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 3:00pm

Fallen Star at New Dramatists (website)
424 W 44th Street, New York, New York
Workshop of Fallen Star, a music-theater collaboration with playwright Mashuq Mushtaq Deen. Featuring Charity Wicks, music director; Cori Ellison, dramaturg; and performances by Camille Harris, Blake Friedman, and Nicole Mitchell.