Chamber Music Palisades Features World Premiere

Chamber Music Palisades will feature the premiere of a piece composed by Maria Newman.

Chamber Music Palisades (CMP) will present the world premiere of a piece by Maria Newman on March 30 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Matthew’s Parish. “Phaeton: Prologue and three movements” will be performed by Newman (violin), Scott Hosfeld (Viola) and CMP Artistic director Susan Greenberg (flute).

Newman is an American composer of classical music and the youngest child of Alfred Newman, a major Hollywood film composer. Growing up in Pacific Palisades, she started piano at age six. Two years later she began in the violin and was composing by the age off nine.

She attended University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, graduating in 1984. She attended Yale University, completing graduate work in 1986, studying violin with Syoki Aki and composition with Martin Bresnick. She received the school’s George Wellington Miles Award.

She has collaborated as a soloist with celebrities, such as Pierce Brosnan, Paul Reiser and Billy Crystal.

Her works have been performed in novel locations, such as the U. S, Capitol Building, Hearst Castle Private Theatre, Washington State Capitol Building Rotunda, The National Archives, the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Marine Barracks.

Newman and her husband, Scott Hosfeld, who is the Founding Conductor/Music Director of the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, live in Malibu.

In addition to “Phaeton,” the program will include “Debussy’s Syrinx” for solo flute, “Ginastera Impresiones de la Puna” for flute and string quartet, and Mozart’s “Quintet in A Major, K. 851.”

The later piece will feature long-time Los Angeles Philharmonic principal clarinetist Michele Zukovsky, Hosfeld, Newman, Nina Evtuhov (violin) and Paula Hochhalter (cello).

Tickets will be available for $35 online at or at St. Matthew’s at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue.  Guests must wear masks and provide ID and proof of full vaccination. CMP offers free admission for full-time students with ID.

Chamber Music Palisades Artistic Director Susan Greenberg will perform.

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