A HUGE thanks to the fabulous performers and composers who made the '14-'15 NewMusic Initiative an enormous success for our community--Roomful of Teeth and Caroline Shaw, Blair McMillen, Chris Grymes, Xak Bjerken, Travis Alford, Rodney Waschka, Aaron Brooks, Will Robin, Jeremy Gill, Roydon Tse, and the many outstanding musicians of Jorge Richter's ECU Symphony, Scott Carter's ECU Chamber Winds, and ECU's NewMusic Ensemble—Frequencies!
Now it's time to put our 2015-2016 season on your calendar!
Just over the summer's horizon we'll welcome violinist Miranda Cuckson (September 10, 2015), Yarn|Wire's two-piano/two-percussion wildness (October 3, 2015); the long time trailblazing Dorian Wind Quintet (February 6, 2016), and the remarkable and innovative loadbang (March 3, 2016) on 7:30pm concerts in the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall in Greenville, NC.
Miranda Cuckson, violin [September 10, 2015]
Violinist and violist Miranda Cuckson is acclaimed for her performances of a wide range of repertoire, from early eras to the most current creations. Praised for her “undeniable musicality” (New York Times), “command of line and naturalness of expression” (Gramophone) and “seemingly inexhaustible arsenal of technical abilities” (AllMusic Guide), she is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. Her recording of Luigi Nono’s “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” was named a Best Classical Recording of 2012 by the New York Times.
With two percussionists and two pianists, Yarn|Wire effortlessly slips between classics and modern works that continue to forge new boundaries. Yarn|Wire is admired for the energy and precision they bring to performances of today's most adventurous music. The results of their collaborative initiatives with genre-bending artists such as Two-Headed Calf, Pete Swanson, and Tristan Perich point towards the emergence of a new and lasting repertoire that is “spare and strange and very, very new.” (Time Out NY)
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances.The first of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.
Recognized by critics, audiences, and professional musicians alike for its uniquely polished and passionate performances, The Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music’s preeminent and longest continuously-active ensembles. The Quintet has literally been around the world—concertizing in the United States and Canada, touring Europe eighteen times, and playing throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. The Dorians made history as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall.
The Book of the Hanging Gardens [February 8, 2016]
ECU Faculty pianist sopranos Kathryn Mueller and Rachel Copeland join forces with pianist Catherine Garner in rare presentation of Arnold Schoenberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens (Op. 15, 1908-1909). This evening's performance is enhanced by Prof. Daniel Guberman's bringing us helpful musical and historical commentary.
Frequencies is an ensemble created and directed entirely by students. These remarkable members of the ECU School of Music's community make programming decisions, form ensembles, rehearse and prepare works for performance. Frequencies is music's future blooming before our ears. Come hear what drives the next generation's musical interests and passions!
New York-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble. Their unique lung-powered instrumentation (bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice) has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a stylistic palette ranging from whistled Brazilian rhythms and microtonal jazz standards to the decoupled and deconstructed sounds of the second modernity. They have been praised as ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, ‘exhilarating’ by the Baltimore Sun, ‘inventive’ by the New York Times and called a 'formidable new-music force' by TimeOutNY
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances. The second of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers. Can't get here? Access a live stream.
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances.The third of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers. Program to be announced.
Come hear how new ideas are initiated, and celebrate our
16th ANNUAL EXPLORATION OF THE SOUNDS OF OUR TIME
There are concerts, Master Classes with visiting performers and composers,
readings of student composers' works, receptions, discussions and more!
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