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April 24th - The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble Returns to Bohemian National Hall

Can't make the 24th? Come to the preview on April 21st at Willow Place Auditorium (26 Willow Place, Brooklyn)

Learn more about both events here


2023 - 2024 Season Overview


coming soon...

Past Events this Season:

May 1st, 2024 @ 6:30pm – Yves Klein's Symphony Monotone, St. James' Church (865 Madison Ave, New York, NY)

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April 24, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble '2024: The Year of Czech Music in Reverse', Bohemian National Hall

                                        (321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021). Find out more here

April 21, 2024 @ 8:00 pm - [PREVIEW] Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble '2024: The Year of Czech Music in Reverse'. At Willow Place Auditorium, Brooklyn

Feb. 14, 2024: Emerging Composers Workshop Concert, Willow Place Auditorium (26 Willow Place, Brooklyn)

Feb. 10 - 14, 2024: Emerging Composers Workshop at Willow Place Auditorium (26 Willow Place, Brooklyn)

January 19, 2024: Joy Boy at tribute to Julius Eastman, at De Singel (Antwerp, BE)

December 14, 2023: Annual Winter Concert at Paula Cooper Gallery (534 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011)

December 13, 2023: Preview Concert for Paula Cooper Gallery at Willow Place Auditorium (26 Willow Place, Brooklyn)

November 28, 2023: Private performance at the Virginia Dwan Memorial, Paula Cooper Gallery (534 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011)

November 21, 2023, Essential Rzewski concert at DOX+ (Prague) “Frederic Rzewski + Friends” program (Prague, CZ)

November 13, 2023, Music Olomouc Festival “KOTIK!!”– performing / preparing / conducting - concert of music by Petr Kotik (Olomouc, CZ)


S.E.M. Ensemble Returned in September from Working at Ostrava Days Festival 2023

Learn more about the festival and view reviews, photographs, and comments by clicking here


Petr Kotik wins the FCA's John Cage Award

On January 27th, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced its 2022 awards, with 20 artists recognized in the fields of dance, music & sound art, performance art & theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Among the grantees is Petr Kotik, who receives the 2022 John Cage Award.

Since 1992, the John Cage Award has been given biannually to a composer, musician, or performance artist who has contributed to challenging cultural horizons in the spirit of John Cage. Past awardees include Toshi Ichiyanagi, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Ashley, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, Takehisa Kosugi, and David Tudor.

Kotik had previously been awarded a Grant to Artists by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 1996.  

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) was founded in 1963 by John Cage and Jasper Johns with the support of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. More information on the FCA's history can be found here.

SEM congratulates Petr and the other grantees on this achievement.

 S.E.M. Ensemble, Inc.
25 Columbia Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 488-7659

Contact Emma Minges, coordinator,

S.E.M. Ensemble’s 2022-23 season has been made possible with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Amphion Foundation, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, The Fromm Music Foundation, The Low Road Foundation, Sheldon Berlow, Stephen J. Deutsch, Virginia Dwan, Martina Forman, Philip Foster, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Beth Greenberg and Jim Wright, Charlotta Kotik, Raymond Learsy, Julian Lethbridge, Rotraut Moquay, and Noni Pratt. Special thanks to Paula Cooper, Jasper Johns, Werner Kramarsky, and Brooklyn District 33 Councilman Lincoln Restler.