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Versipel New Music Visiting Artist: Craig Hultgren, cello and electronics

Front Gallery 6:00 pm
Tickets: Suggested Donation $20 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors

Versipel New Music welcomes visiting cellist Craig Hultgren performing a program of works for solo cello and solo cello with electronics. The program will feature music by Todd Gabriel, Alan Schmitz, Shawn Crouch and Versipel’s own Kari Besharse and Philip Schuessler and improvisation by Craig Hultgren.

Cellist Craig Hultgren remains active in new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Recently leaving Birmingham after more than 30 years as a member of the Alabama Symphony, he now resides outside of Decorah, Iowa as the farmer-cellist. The New York Classical Review commented that he, “…played with impressive poise and sensitivity…” for Dorothy Hindman’s 2016 chamber music retrospective at Carnegie Hall. At this point, almost 300 works have been created for him. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument.

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NOIGF: Guitar Fiesta with Gaspar Rodriguez, Eliza Gonzalez and AsheSon

The last night of the New Orleans International Guitar Festival will include a performance by Flamenco guitarist, Gaspar Rodriguez, accompanied by Flamenco dancer, Eliza Gonzalez. The second half of the show will include Javier Olondo’s Latin band, AsheSon, and friends. The night will be filled with lively, passionate and fun music to listen and dance to.

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Polymnia Quartet at the Music Box Village

New Orleans Airlift continues to grow and deepen its educational programming with this unique first effort to foster engagement between professional artists and students. Ode to Nola: a Musical Collage is a collaborative community effort that portrays New Orleans through the eyes of young artists and will be performed by the Polymnia Quartet and students from the Homer Plessy Community School.  The music is composed by Tucker Fuller, and the performance will incorporate the sounds of the Music Box Village, as well as feature artwork by the students.

 

This project highlights a special combination of local artists and entities.  The magical sounds and inventive atmosphere of the Music Box Village sparked the idea for the Polymnia Quartet to commission a new piece for string quartet and the Music Box “houses”. Amelia Clingman, violist of the quartet, has been working alongside resident artist Rebecca Crenshaw at the Homer Plessy Community School for many years, and was inspired by the creativity and talent of the students there.  For the past year, the students have been exploring their views of New Orleans and working with local composer Tucker Fuller to compose melodies that reflect their experiences. These themes have been incorporated into the larger work which will receive its debut, marking the first time that an original composition has been commissioned for string quartet and the instruments of the Music Box Village.  Plessy students have also been working on collages to visually accompany the music. The culmination is a multi-disciplinary performance that is informed by local youth voices in which the students have the opportunity to play with a professional string quartet.

 

The Polymnia Quartet will also perform Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 5, and  “I Want to Go with the Wolves” by New Orleans composer Andrew Waggoner, with Music Box accompaniment and howling children.

About Polymnia Quartet

The Polymnia Quartet is a String Quartet that was founded in 2015 by New Orleans professional musicians.  They perform classical standards and contemporary compositions in atypical venues throughout the city, offering audiences fresh ways to experience chamber music.

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POLYMNIA QUARTET

Benjamin Hart, violin

Kate Withrow, violin

Amelia Clingman, viola

Philip Von Maltzahn, cello

 

About Tucker Fuller, composer:

Tucker Fuller lives in New Orleans. Recent projects include a trilogy of song cycles in collaboration with poet Megan Levad: Murder (2010), Love (2011), and Labor (2014). For the Marigny Opera House and Marigny Opera Ballet: Salve Regina, for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra (Winner, 2014 Tribute to the Classical Arts Award for Best Performance of New Classical Music); Orfeo, a full-length ballet score (October 2015); Giselle Deslondes (November 2016). The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned and premiered Louie the Buoy (2016). His music has been played by the Albany Symphony, New Resonance Orchestra, Polymnia Quartet, Musaica, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the American Symphony, among others. He studied with composers Joan Tower, Christopher Theofanidis, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, and Michael Daugherty, and holds degrees from Bard College (B.A.), Peabody Conservatory (M.M.A.), and the University of Michigan (D.M.A).

 

About the Music Box Village:

The Music Box Village is a unique experimental art installation of “musical houses” – small structures that are also newly invented musical instruments. Musicians who perform in the Music Box work collaboratively with these structures and their own conventional instruments  to create new sounds and reinvent the familiar. Every performance is entirely unique, built on collaborations initiated by New Orleans Airlift, and designed to build bridges across cultural communities.

 

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Visions and Revisions: Music of Reflection and Refraction

Performers:

Christina Bouey, violin; Rhiannon Banerdt, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; Grace Ho, cello; Adrian Blanco, piano.

Works:

György Ligeti
Selections from Etudes
Arvo Pärt
Fratres
Iannis Xenakis
Akéa
Anton Webern
5 pieces for String Quartet
Christopher Trapani
Visions and Revisions
Improvisation

The Louis Moreau Institute is a non-profit arts organization formed, in part, to honor Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the 19th century New Orleans composer who bridged cultural and musical worlds himself. Directed by Morris Rosenzweig—composer, conductor, and New Orleans native who is a professor at the University of Utah—the LMI combines love of the city and music into an exciting series of musical events.

The Louis Moreau Institute also supports emerging, young performing artists from around the country, giving them the opportunity to perform a challenging repertory in non-traditional venues and to produce a recording of the performances.

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Blues, Shadows, and Electric Angels

Performers:

Christina Bouey, violin; Rhiannon Banerdt, violin; Colin Brookes, viola; Grace Ho, cello; Adrian Blanco, piano.

Works:

George Crumb
Black Angels 
Olivier Messiaen
Piéce pour piano et quator à cordes
Aaron Copland
Four Blues
Yu-hui Chang
Shadow Chase
Eric Chasalow
The Fundamental Object
Fredric Rzewski
Wiinsboro Cotton Mill Blues
Improvisation

The Louis Moreau Institute is a non-profit arts organization formed, in part, to honor Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the 19th century New Orleans composer who bridged cultural and musical worlds himself. Directed by Morris Rosenzweig—composer, conductor, and New Orleans native who is a professor at the University of Utah—the LMI combines love of the city and music into an exciting series of musical events.

The Louis Moreau Institute also supports emerging, young performing artists from around the country, giving them the opportunity to perform a challenging repertory in non-traditional venues and to produce a recording of the performances.

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Versipel: Surface Grammars

Versipel New Music kicks off its fourth season with an evening of stunning contemporary chamber music from around the world. These works touch on a number of complex musical grammars. From the delicate, almost brittle, textural introspections of Caterina Di Cecca’s quintet Il Dubbio Della Marionetta to the obsessively fragmented counterpoint of William Cole’s trio Bind Weave Spin, this collection of works reflects upon grammars of recent past as well as points towards new ways of instrumental gesture and interaction. Works featured on the program include the world premiere of Matt Wright’s septet entitled Abbey, Bernd Alois Zimmerman’s Sonata for solo viola, and pieces chosen from Versipel New Music’s Annual Call for Scores.

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