2017-18 New Music Series

Dan LippelDan Lippel, guitar
Monday, October 2, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center

Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and a "modern guitar polymath" (Guitar Review) enjoys a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts. He has premiered more than fifty new solo and chamber works, many written for him, recording several on the independent label he co-founded and directs, New Focus Recordings. Lippel is the resident guitarist for two critically acclaimed new music groups: the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005 and new music quartet Flexible Music since 2003. He has been a guest with many ensembles as well, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (concertino soloist in American premiere of H.K. Gruber's Busking for trumpet solo with accordion and banjo concertino), New York New Music Ensemble, New York City Opera, Either/Or Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, counter (induction, Red Light New Music, Argento New Music Project, Cygnus Ensemble, Ensemble Epomeo, Cantata Profana, FretX Duo with Mak Grgic, and Dance Heigenbotham.

Jenny Q Chai, piano
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center

An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With razor-sharp intention, Chai integrates her prodigy’s training with personal fascinations in the latest in live electronics, artificial intelligence, and environmental research, creating layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” The New York Times
Based both in Shanghai and New York City, Chai’s instinctive understanding of new music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire, with special affinity for Schumann, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel. She is also a noted interpreter of 20th-century masters Cage, Messiaen, Kurtág, and Ligeti. And her career is threaded through with strong relationships and close collaborations with a range of notable contemporary composers, including Marco Stroppa, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, György Kurtág, among others. With a deft poetic touch, Chai weaves these wide-ranging composers and repertoire into a gorgeous and lucid musical tapestry.

Joshua Roman, cello with JACK Quartet
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator, and programmer.

Highlights of recent seasons have included a solo performance on the TED2015 main stage, performances with the Columbus Symphony, and a program of chamber works by Lera Auerbach at San Francisco Performances with Auerbach and violinist Philippe Quint. He also served as Alumnus-in-Residence at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. As Artistic Director of Town Music in Seattle he has showcased his own eclectic musical influences and chamber music favorites, as well as promoting newly commissioned works. Under his direction, the series has offered world premieres of compositions by some of today’s brightest young composers, and performances by cutting-edge ensembles.

The recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, JACK Quartet has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Lucerne Festival, La Biennale di Venezia, Suntory Hall, Festival Internacional Cervatino, and Teatro Colón.

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen- Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher, and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

This concert is also a part of the Artist series.

Quince vocal ensemble
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

With the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble specializes in experimental repertoire that is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music. Described as "a new force of vocal excellence and innovation" by The Brooklyn Rail, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of traditional vocal ensemble literature.
As dedicated advocates of new music, Quince regularly commissions new works, providing a wider exposure for the music of living composers. They recently received a Chamber Music America award to commission a new song cycle by composer LJ White, and will be releasing an album of contemporary vocal repertoire on New Focus Recordings early 2017.
Comprised of vocalists Elizabeth Pearse (soprano), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano), and Carrie Henneman Shaw (soprano), Quince thrives on unique musical challenges and genre-bending contemporary repertoire.

Workers Union section of scoreNew Music at Lawrence presents Coming Together
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Lawrence students and faculty perform Frederic Rzewski’s seminal work Coming Together alongside major ensemble works by Louis Andriessen and George Antheil. This concert celebrates the Lawrence community of musicians, and their dedication to presenting thrilling performances of important works of our time. On April 24, 2016, the Lawrence community came together to present Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Musicians. This performance promises to be equally moving. Don’t miss it!

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