We have received the sad news that our friend and colleague Joseph Pehrson passed away on Friday, April 3, at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx. He had been living at the Pinnacle Nursing Home for some time and was taken to the hospital because he had taken a turn for the worse. Unfortunately, it was too late and Joe passed away in the early afternoon. Joe made a deep impression on all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed. Our heart goes out to our friend Linda Past-Pehrson; no one can say they have seen a more devoted wife and companion.

Joseph Pehrson (b. Detroit, 1950) was a composer member of the New York Composers Circle since 2005. He became the founding director of Composers Concordance in 1983. Both NYCC and Composers Concordance have presented many of his works in concert over the decades. As recently as last season, the Klang Quartet opened NYCC’s January 2019 concert with his String Motion. Joe studied at the Eastman School of Music and University of Michigan (D.M.A., 1981). His works have been released on the Capstone and New Ariel labels, with pieces published by Seesaw Music and Subito Music, Inc. A full bio may be read HERE.


In Keeping with the directives given by the city, state, and federal governments, we regretfully announce the cancellation of the remainder of the New York Composers Circle concert season and all remaining salons.

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