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Versipel New Music Presents Sound and Motion

Join the Versipel Collective for our season finale concert on May 12, for a collection of works that unite music, story, and motion.

Music is often considered the most abstract of all the artistic media, however, its power to sway the emotions, paint an image and tell a story is universal and an integral part of human experience. Also inherent in music is kinetic energy, motion, and the passing of time. Music, along with dance and film, are time based arts in which regularity, irregularity, rhythm, and duration become important elements.

This evening, we explore works that purposefully incorporate the ideas of story and motion through their inception and performance. Tom Johnson’s Bedtime Stories playfully and humorously unfolds several bedtime stories through music performed on clarinet with narration. The Collective will be joined by mezzo-soprano Brindley McWhorter for a special performance of Louisiana-based composer Monica Pearce’s breathtakingly expressive Leda Songs – a work that evokes the myth of Leda from the angles of three different poets. Moon Young Ha’s work Fairy Tale expresses the elusive, universal, and ephemeral importance of story. The Versipel Collective will be joined by dancer and Marigny Opera Ballet guest choreographer Rebecca Allen on John Cage’s Variations III and IV – a collaborative work that explores the connection between music, motion, and space in real time. The concert will also feature a performance of Luciano Berio’s virtuosic Sequenza X, performed by trumpeter Shane Courville.

The Versipel Collective:
Laura Patterson, flutes
Wilbert Gilley, clarinets
Shane Courville, trumpet
Elise Butler-Pinkham, cello
Katalin Lukács, piano
Mendel Lee, percussion and narration
Philip Schuessler, conductor

With special guests:
Chloe Helene Groth, violin
Fanny Friadt, viola
Brindley McWhorter, mezzo-soprano
Rebecca Allen, dance

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Songs of the Earth

Musaica performs works inspired by the folk and indigenous music from different parts of the world. Along with the String Sextet in A major by Dvorak and works by Bartok and Villa Lobos will be two world premieres! These will include a trio from past “Tribute the the Classical Arts” nominee Mollie O’Meara for harp, oboe, and flute inspired by Irish folk melodies; and a string quartet on Vietnamese folk music by Dylan Tran, this year’s participant in Musaica’s composition workshop.

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Versipel New Music Presents Nouveau Classical Project

Versipel New Music is excited to welcome Nouveau Classical Project for their New Orleans debut. They will perform Currents, an electro-acoustic concert that juxtaposes contrasting compositional styles in an eclectic program, celebrating the marriage of tradition and technology featuring works by composers who thrive in both the classical and pop worlds, Olga Bell and Gabrielle Herbst aka GABI, as well as award-winning composers David Bird and Isaac Schankler. NCP will also premiere a new work by New Orleans composer Rick Snow.

The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a New York-based contemporary classical music ensemble that is “bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre” (VICE). It began by collaborating with fashion designers for its concerts and has expanded to creating multidisciplinary performances. Its mission is to engage new audiences and show that classical music is a living, breathing art form.

Tickets:

Suggested Donation $20 adults/$10 students

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Versipel New Music Presents Byrne:Kozar:Duo

Join Versipel New Music for an amazing evening of song and sound with New York City’s Byrne:Kozar:Duo. Created by New York City based soprano Corrine Byrne and trumpeter Andy Kozar, the Byrne:Kozar:Duo presents historically informed performances of Baroque music for natural trumpet and soprano in addition to commissioning new works for modern trumpet and soprano. They have been said to create ‘an arresting symbiosis in their melding of voice and trumpet timbres’ (Textura) and that the ‘trumpet and voice seem to take on one another’s qualities’ (Bandcamp Daily). As individuals, Corrine has been called a ‘celebrated singer’ (Broadway World) and ‘a rising star’ (Arts Westchester) while Andy has been called a ‘star soloist’ (TimeOutNY) and ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ (Baltimore Sun). Combining their strengths as performers and interpreters of both early and modern music, the Byrne:Kozar:Duo has commissioned new works by composers including Reiko Futing, Paula Matthusen, David Smooke, Scott Worthington and Scott Wollschleger.

Their March 14th New Orleans Debut will feature works by Scott Wollschleger, David Smooke, Rob Deemer, Scott Worthington and a world premiere piece by Versipel New Music’s assistant director Philip Schuessler.

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Versipel New Music Presents Winter Night

The Versipel collective celebrates the holiday season in a concert that invokes the magic, wonder and stillness of winter nights – from hushed winter hymns and meditations on snowy landscapes, to explorations of the darker recesses of the equinox.

This show features the dreamily poetic work Winternacht by Hans Abrahamsen, Earle Brown’s famous graphic work December 1952, a chamber arrangement of Perotin’s famous Viderunt Omnes, a strikingly modern sounding 800 year old work, As if Snow by Kirsten Broberg for harp, piano and vibraphone, Beat Furrer’s enchantingly meditative work for piano, Voicelessness (The Snow has No Voice), along with the ghostly murmurs of Lucy McNight’s wail for bass clarinet and marimba, selected from Versipel’s Annual Call for Scores and Versipel Assistant Director Philip Schuessler’s Sun Hammered Blue.

Doors at 6:30PM.

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Versipel New Music presents Winter Night

On December 2nd, join the Versipel collective as we celebrate the holiday season in a concert featuring music that invokes the magic, wonder and stillness of winter nights – from hushed winter hymns and meditations on snowy landscapes, to explorations of the darker recesses of the equinox.

This show features the dreamily poetic work Winternacht by Hans Abrahamsen, Earle Brown’s famous graphic work December 1952, a chamber arrangement of Perotin’s famous Viderunt Omnes, a strikingly modern sounding 800 year old work, As if Snow by Kirsten Broberg for harp, piano and vibraphone, Beat Furrer’s enchantingly meditative work for piano, Voicelessness (The Snow has No Voice), along with the ghostly murmurs of Lucy McNight’s wail for bass clarinet and marimba, selected from Versipel’s Annual Call for Scores and Versipel Assistant Director Philip Schuessler’s Sun Hammered Blue.

You might want to bring your coats for this one, it’s going to get chilly :).

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Schola NOLA: World Choir Day

On November 27th Schola NOLA is joining a global celebration of choral music. World Choir Day is an initiative by maestro Alberto Grau where millions of singers around the world take over concert halls, churches, schools and parks to share a message of peace and love.

The program is focused on three sources that enrich the art of choral singing: sacred texts, poetry, and  traditional music, all from the eye of contemporary composers. Our selections are from David Basden, Matt van Brink, Eric Whitacre, Michal Ziolkowski, Miclhael John Trotta, John Rutter,  and arrangements by Robert Edgerton and Markus Detterbeck.

Schola NOLA welcomes you to experience the joy and beauty of choral singing.  You will be able to sing with us in one of the pieces, so start warming up!

Doors at 7:30PM.

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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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