2019-2020 New Music at Lawrence Series

Brooklyn Rider
Friday, October 5, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

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.

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

Praised by the Boston Globe as "superb", Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock have been blazing their own trail as the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas since 2011. They have premiered over 80 works and continue to perform across the U.S. and abroad. They have been presented by the Alba Music Festival (Alba, Italy), Composers, Inc. (San Francisco, CA), and Outpost Concert Series (Los Angeles, CA), among others. Their debut album Sift is available on New Focus Recordings.

Ian Dicke
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.