2019-2020 New Music at Lawrence Series

Brooklyn Rider
Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Hailed as "the future of chamber music" (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. For this performance Brooklyn Rider will perform their new project Healing Modes. The healing properties of music have been recognized from ancient Greek civilization to the field of modern neuroscience and expressed in countless global traditions. The slow movement of Beethoven’s Opus 132, a ‘Song of Holy Thanksgiving From a Convalescent to the Deity in the Lydian mode,’ is among the most profound expressions of healing in the string quartet repertoire. This autumnal masterwork is presented in its entirety alongside five compact new commissions which explore the subject of healing from a wide range of historical and cultural perspectives. Composers include Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts and recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun.

This event is also a part of the Artist Series.

Lawrence University New Music Ensemble presents John Luther Adams 10,000 birds
Sunday, October 13, 2019, 2:00p.m.,
Esch- Hurvis, Warch Campus Center

Experience Ten Thousand Birds by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams on the Main Green at Lawrence University. The Lawrence University New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Clayville and Erin Lesser, will transform the space with music based on the songs of birds that are native to, or migrate through the Midwest United States. During this 90 minute performance, musicians and audience move freely around the space and each other. In that way, Ten Thousand Birds is analogous to a walk in which you discover bird and other natural sounds: bird-songs become music and the open setting becomes an artistic space, blurring the lines between human creativity and natural phenomena.

This performance will be repeated on Oct 20, 2019 at 2pm at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens.

5th House Ensemble presents “Inspect the Unexpected”
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:00p.m.
Harper Hall- Music Drama Center

photo credit: Karjaka Studios

Supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Fifth House Ensemble’s flute, cello, and piano trio visits Lawrence University for a two-day residency composed of interactive workshops and engagement activities presented at Appleton-area public schools and community partner organizations, culminating in a performance at Harper Hall. The theme of the January 18th contemporary program is “Inspect the Unexpected”: a celebration of the beauty and humor everyday experiences we can too easily ignore, with works including JacobTV’s Lipstick, Caroline Shaw’s in manus tuas, Dan Visconti’s Soundings, Kaija Saariaho’s Ballade, and George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group.

Transient Canvas
Friday, April 10, 2020, 8:00p.m.,
Harper Hall
Photo by Robert Torres

Boston-based contemporary duo Transient Canvas is on a mission to revolutionize the modern concert experience. Since 2011, their innovative performances have been praised as “superb” by the Boston Globe and “disarming” by Cleveland Classical, with the San Francisco Chronicle lauding “the versatile imagination they both display and inspire in others.” Bass clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimbist Matt Sharrock relish the creative potential of working with living composers, having amassed a varied repertoire of over 80 commissioned works in addition to working with hundreds of student composers from all over the world. Since 2017, they have hosted their annual paid Composer Fellowship Program that is free and open to composers of all ages. They maintain an active touring schedule with recent performances at the Charlotte New Music Festival, Music on the Edge, Composers, Inc., Music at the Forefront, and People Inside Electronics, among others. Recent educational residencies include the University of Southern California, University of Pittsburgh, North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, and Divergent Studio at Longy School of Music. They have two albums, Sift and Wired, both released on New Focus Recordings. Transient Canvas proudly endorses Henri Selmer Paris and Marimba One. For more information, visit www.transientcanvas.com.

Ian Dicke, composer
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 8:00p.m.,
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center

Ian Dicke is a composer inspired by social-political culture and interactive technology. Active in a diverse array of genres and multi-media, Dicke’s music exhibits a clarity of expression while integrating acoustic ensembles with cutting edge audio processing techniques. Praised for his “refreshingly well-structured” (Feast of Music) and “uncommonly memorable” (Sequenza 21) catalogue of works, Dicke currently serves as an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of California, Riverside.
Dicke’s music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and soloists around the world, including the New World Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, pianist Vicky Chow, The MATA Festival, ISCM World New Music Days, and the Atlantic Coast Center Band Director’s Association.