Composer & Lyricist


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I stumbled across a children’s record on YouTube the other day that I wrote four songs for in the 1970’s called Eat Your Spinach. You can jump to it <here>. I had forgotten half of these songs! I laughed a lot when I got to “It Rains” which starts with an intro around 11 mins 20 seconds (11:20). Also, “I Wonder” is beautiful, staring at 7 minutes. Enjoy!

Its based on a story by Beth Brown. I did the music and Lyrics. It was conducted by Vic Flick, who clearly brought in a lot of great studio musicians, but I have no idea who did the arrangements. It was produced by Howard Scott, who also hired me to do some other Golden Records childrens’ albums. I’ll try to find them too!

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Jane Leslie and Carina Canonico: WHIPPED CREAM
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Whipped Cream, a piece of mine for clarinet and piano, will be played at a concert this coming Friday by two very talented musicians, Carina Canonico on clarinet and Jane Leslie on piano.  Please come!

Concert of Music by New York Composers
presented by
The Long Island Composers Alliance
Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.
South Huntington Public Library
Huntington Station, New York
145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station, New York 11746
Free Admission

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Carina Canonico and Nhi Huynh to Perform at LICA Concert
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My piece for clarinet and piano, WHIPPED CREAM, will be performed by Carina Canonico, clarinetist, and Nhi Huynh, pianist on Sunday, March 11th at the Bryant Library in Great Neck, NY.   The concert will take place at 2 pm.  WHIPPED CREAM is one of three clarinet/piano works written under the titled CONFECTIONS.  The other two works are SPRINKLES and A LA MODE.

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Julie Mandel receives the 2017 ASCAP PLUS AWARD
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The ASCAP Plus Awards program recognizes writer members whose works are substantially performed in media not surveyed by ASCAP, or whose works have a unique prestige value for which adequate compensation would not otherwise be received. The awards are determined by an independent panel of distinguished music experts who are neither members nor employees or ASCAP. I'm really honored and pleased to have received the award!

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October 22 is a Big Day !!!

Three of my works will be performed in three separate concerts on October 22, which is an amazing and wonderful coincidence!

Hadassah Guttmann, who has recorded all 24 of my INTERVALS works for piano will be performing some of them at The Flushing Fresh Meadows Jewish Center located at 193-10 Peck Ave, Fresh Meadows in Queens at 2PM.

Soprano Tammy Hansrud will be singing CHAMBER MUSIC at a concert presented by the Long Island Composers Alliance in collaboration with the LI Arts Council, at South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 228 South Ocean Avenue, Freeport, NY,  also at 2 pm. 

In Chicago, Anna Cromwell, violin; Lisa Nelson, violin/viola; and Mira Frisch, cello will be playing all three movements of MOODS, my string trio, at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.



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MOODS trio in North Carolina

On Monday, September 18, 2017, 7:30 pm Rowe Recital Hall University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, NC Anna Cromwell, violin; Lisa Nelson, violin/viola; and Mira Frisch, cello will perform all three movements of my string trio MOODS on a program with works by Adrienne Albert, Victoria Bond, and Rain Worthington.

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Anna Cromwell, Mira Frisch, Lisa Nelson

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Recording Sessions for "Intervals" with Hadassah Guttman Now Completed

Over this past year pianist Haddassah Guttman has been recording all twenty-four works in my series "Intervals" at the Sean Swinney Studio in New York. Each work is is based on a theme using one of the twenty-four possible intervals of the scale. Here is a video of the second work, A Minor Second Down, from last May. We hope to issue the album by this fall, so keep an eye on iTunes and Amazon!

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This Sunday; Beethoven, Schumann, Vaughan Williams and Mandel

This Sunday, January 22 at 5:00 PM North Shore Pro Musica will present a concert at the Long Island Museum featuring works by Beethoven, Schumann, Vaughan Williams and Julie Mandel. Featuring Betsy Palmedo, Soprano; Paolo Bartolani, Piano; Terry Keevil, Oboe. The Mandel duet 'Solitude in the City' will be performed by Bartolani and Keevil.

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'Blue Sky' to be performed in October at “Music Like a Curve of Gold…", an evening of songs, vocal duets and opera that highlights music by contemporary women composers-members of NYWC

The Borzova-Tonna Vocal Duo (Alla Borzova, soprano and composer, and Anna Tonna, mezzo soprano), accompanied by pianist Olga Gurevich, will present a concert “Music Like a Curve of Gold…” dedicated to the works of contemporary women composers in two locations: in Chappaqua, Westchester, and in New York City.

The first concert will take place on Friday, October 14, at 7:30 PM at historic St. Mary The Virgin Episcopal Church in Chappaqua, New York. The address is 191 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514. Church phone: (914) 238-8751.

The second concert will take place on Friday, October 21st, at 7:30 PM at the Marc A. Scorca Hall of the National Opera Center in New York City. The address is 330 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001. Tel: (212) 796-8630

Tickets are $20/15 (seniors and students) in advance and $25/20 at the door. Advance tickets can purchased at

Post-concert talk with the artists and composers. Reception to follow at Chappaqua location.

The program will feature the arts songs and duets by Beth Anderson, Alla Borzova, Juliana Hall, Patricia Leonard, Binnette Lipper, Julia Mandel, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Melanie Mitrano, Anne Phillips, Hilary Tann, Tawnie Olson, and Joelle Wallach. The scene from Alla Borzova’s chamber comic opera The Wedding Gift of Pirate Granny will be presented as well. (Please, see below for a complete program.)

The themes range from mysticism, immigration & resistance, communion with nature and domestic bliss to the bawdy world of carnivals and piracy!

Borzova-Tonna Vocal Duo, formed in 2014, is two-time recipient of the New York Women Composers Association award. The duo presented recitals featuring music by historical and contemporary women composers. In December of 2014 they presented a recital entitled “There Is a Magic Made by Melody” at historic St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in White Plains. Now they bring the extended program to Chappaqua, Westchester County, and New York City.

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June 5, 2016 – LICA 44th Anniversary Concert with Pianist Paolo Bartolani at South Huntington Library

Concert: A program featuring the music of Long Island Composers

When: Sunday June 5, 2016, 2 PM

Where: The South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hll Road, South Huntington.

Info: Internationally renowned pianist Paolo Bartolani and master oboist Terry Keevil will perform the works of LICA composers. The concert will also feature the three gifted young composers who have been Awarded the Arline Diamond Memorial Award for their performances at the annual “Music By and For Students Concert” in May.

Composers: Julie Mandel, Marga Richter, Herbert Deutsch, Joel Mandelbaum, Leonard Lehrman and George Cork Maul

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March 20, 2016 — Great Neck House LICA Concert

When: March 20 at 3 p.m. at Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Ave, Great Neck, NY 11024, phone (516) 482-0355

Info: Co-sponsored by Murray Cohen and Julie Mandel

Composers: Margaret Stoop, Richard Brooks, Allen Brings, Julie Mandel, Jay Gach and
Herbert Feldman.

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Paolo Bartolani Captures Audience in Performance of LICA Composers’ Work

On November 15, 2015, pianist Paolo Bartolani performed a program of piano works by LICA and classical composers before a standing-room-only crowd at the Church of the Redeemer in Mattituck, NY.

Mr. Bartolani played selections by LICA composers Julie Mandel, Alla Pavlova and George Cork Maul.

Paolo Bartolani performing "Intervals" by Julie Mandel on November 15, 2015 at the Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Mattituck, NY. This concert was sponsored by LICA (Long Island Composers Alliance) and the Douglas Moore Committee.
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2014/06/08 – Long Island Composers Alliance 42nd Anniversary Concert

Concert: A program featuring percussion, piano, flute and saxophone

When: Sunday June 8, 2014, 2 PM

Where: The South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hll Road, South Huntington.

Info: The concert will also feature the three gifted young composers who have been Awarded the Arline Diamond Memorial Award for their performances at the annual “Music By and For Students Concert” in May.

Composers: Richard Brooks, Herbert Deutsch, Jane Leslie, Julie Mandel, George Cork Maul, Marga Richter, Dana Richrdson, Herb Rothgarber.

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