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Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

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Institute for New Music

Steve ReichSteve Reich Residency

February 8-9, 2017

Winner of the Bienen School’s 2016 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition.

Reich will be in residence to work with Bienen student ensembles and composers and attend a concert of his music.

CME

Contemporary Music Ensemble: Steve Reich

Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Steve Reich, City Life
Steve Reich, Clapping Music
Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians

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Tony ArnoldContemporary Music Ensemble: Tony Arnold

Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater

Renowned new music vocalist Tony Arnold will be a visiting artist in winter quarter, coaching vocal students, working with student composers, and performing works by Georges Aperghis with the Bienen School’s Contemporary Music Ensemble.

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Spektral Quartet

Spektral Quartet

Sunday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall

The quartet will offer a performance of new works by Bienen School student composers. 

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Claire Chase

Claire Chase

Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall

Flutist and new music entrepreneur Claire Chase will be on campus for her third year as an artist in residence at the Institute for New Music. Chase will coach student ensembles and composers, jointly teach a course with Hans Thomalla and perform the newest installment of her Density 2036 project.

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BCEBienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble

Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
Donald Nally and Benjamin Bolter, conductors

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Millennium ParkContemporary Music Ensemble and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra

Sunday May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Benjamin Bolter and Victor Yampolsky, conductors

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Current Voices in Composition: Lecture Series

The Institute for New Music presents a series of composers speaking about their work, techniques, and compositional influences. All events take place at 5 p.m. in RCMA LL-121 and are free and open to the public.

Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman

Friday, November 18

Andrew Norman (b. 1979) is a Los Angeles-based composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music. Andrew’s work draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and notational practices from both the avant-garde and classical traditions. He is increasingly interested in story-telling in music, and specifically in the ways non-linear, narrative-scrambling techniques from other time-based media might intersect with traditional symphonic forms. His distinctive, often fragmented and highly energetic voice has been cited in the New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors,” in the Boston Globe for its “staggering imagination,” and in the L.A. Times for its “audacious” spirit and “Chaplinesque” wit.

Enno Poppe

Enno Poppe

Thursday, December 1

Enno Poppe was born on December 30, 1969, in Hemer, Germany. He studied conducting and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Friedrich Goldmann and Gösta Neuwirth, among others. Additionally, he studied sound synthesis and algorithmic composition at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the ZKM Karlsruhe. As a conductor, Enno Poppe regularly performs with Klangforum Wien, Ensemble musikFabrik and Ensemble Resonanz. Since 1998 he also is the chief conductor of ensemble mosaik. Enno Poppe taught composition at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, at Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik and at Impuls Akademie (Graz).

Stacy Garrop

Stacy Garrop

Tuesday, January 10

Stacy Garrop’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. The sharing of stories is a defining element of our humanity; we strive to share with others the experiences and concepts that we find compelling. Stacy shares stories by taking audiences on sonic journeys – some simple and beautiful, while others are complicated and dark – depending on the needs and dramatic shape of the story.

Stacy is currently on a journey that is redefining her personal narrative. After teaching composition full-time at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University from 2000-2016, she stepped down from her position to become a freelance composer. As she makes this transition, she will be collaborating with a number of performers and organizations, including Anima Singers, Boston Choral Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Gaudete Brass Quintet, and the Carthage College Wind Ensemble. She will also be composing a new viola concerto for Michael Hall and both the Bandung Philharmonic (Indonesia) and Baroque on Beaver Music Festival, as well as writing a new work for tenor saxophone and piano for a consortium of fifteen saxophonists.

Stacy has received numerous awards and grants including a Fromm Music Foundation Grant, three Barlow Endowment commissions, Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, Boston Choral Ensemble Competition Contest, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s Harvey Gaul Composition Competition, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, Sorel Medallion Choral Composition Competition, and competitions sponsored by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and the New England Philharmonic. She has participated in reading session programs sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra (the Composers Institute), and Dale Warland Singers.

Sam Pluta

Sam Pluta

Tuesday, February 14

Sam Pluta is a New York City-based composer, laptop improviser, electronics performer, and sound artist. Though his work has a wide breadth, his central focus is on the laptop as a performance instrument capable of sharing the stage with groups ranging from new music ensembles to world-class instrumental improvisers. By creating unique interactions of electronics, instruments, and sonic spaces, Pluta's vibrant musical universe fuses the traditionally separate sound worlds of acoustic instruments and electronics, creating sonic spaces which envelop the audience and resulting in a music focused on visceral interaction of instrumental performers with reactive computerized sound worlds.

Alex Mincek

Alex Mincek

Tuesday, April 4

Alex Mincek (b. 1975) is a New York-based composer and performer. He studied composition with Tristan Murail and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University (DMA) and with Nils Vigeland at the Manhattan School of Music (MA). He is currently the saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and artistic director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a group dedicated to contemporary music, which he founded in 1998. Mincek's music has been programmed at venues and international festivals including Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, the Strasbourg Musica Festival, Festival Présences of Radio France, Festival Archipel in Geneve, Voix Nouvelles at the Abbaye de Royaumont in Paris, Festival des Musiques Démesurées in Clermont-Ferrand, the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the Contempuls Festival in Prague, and the Ostrava New Music Days.

Seung-Won Oh

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