2018-2019 Events

Nemmers Prize Residency: Jennifer Higdon

October 15-20, 2018
During her October residency, Higdon coached Bienen School ensembles and chamber groups, conducted lessons and seminars with composition students, participated in an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the arts and attended performances by Bienen ensembles.

Panel Discussion: LGBTQ+ in the Arts
October 16, 2018
Discussion topics included the relationship of identity to creative output, inclusivity and discrimination within the arts, the role of the LGBTQ+ community in making progress toward equality and the role of arts presenters in representing LGBTQ+ artists and art. 

CME Concert featuring music of Jennifer Higdon
October 18, 2018
Jennifer Higdon, selections from Short Stories for saxophone quartet: "Stomp and Dance," "Summer's Eve," and "Splashing the Canvas"
Jennifer Higdon, Like Clockwork for percussion ensemble
George Lewis, Anthem
Pierre Boulez, Dérive 2

SWE Concert featuring music of Jennifer Higdon
October 19, 2018
Steven Bryant, Radiant Joy
Jennifer Higdon, Mysterium
Jennifer Higdon, Percussion Concerto
Adam Schoenberg, Migration (Symphony No. 2)

NUSO Concert featuring music of Jennifer Higdon
October 20, 2018
Jennifer Higdon, Peachtree Street
Leonard Bernstein, Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”)
See a video from Higdon's residency

University Chorale + Contemporary Music Ensemble: Pre-Election Concert
Sunday November 4, 2018
Johannes Brahms, Nänie
Benjamin C. S. Boyle, Empire of Crystal
Michael Gilbertson, Console Us
Giacomo Carissimi, Historia Jonae
Michael Laurello, Envelope Writings

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble: Pre-Election Concert
Monday, November 5, 2018
Nicholas Cline, Water Sheds
Lansing McLoskey, Zealot Canticles
William Brooks, in memoriam reducere studemus

Contemporary Music Ensemble
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Salvatore Sciarrino, Introduzione all’oscuro
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kontra-Punkte
Hunter Chang, From the Shadows
Marcos Balter, meltDown Upshot

Current Voices Lecture Series
Sky MacKlay, October 11
Jennifer Higdon, October 18
Marcos Balter, November 29


2017-2018 Events

Contemporary Music Ensemble
October 20, 2017
Jeremy Podgursky, Gonna Get Your Soul Start Dancing
Nico Muhly, By All Means
Tristan Arostegui, The Kedziad
Tristan Murail, Désintégrations

Nemmers Prize Residency: Steve Reich

November 15-16, 2017
As part of his residency week, Reich attended rehearsals and classes with students and faculty. On Wednesday night the school's Percussion Ensemble performed a selection of his works, followed by a concert on Thursday night with performances by the Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble.

Percussion Ensemble
November 15, 2018
Steve Reich, Music for Pieces of Wood
Steve Reich, Nagoya Marimbas
Steve Reich, Mallet Quartet
Steve Reich, Sextet

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble and Saxophone Ensemble
November 16, 2017
Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite
Steve Reich, Pulse
Steve Reich, New York Counterpoint
Steve Reich, Tehillim
See a video from Reich's residency

Contemporary Music Ensemble
February 9, 2018
Amy Beth Kirsten, Drink Me
Anthony Cheung, SynchroniCities
Harrison Birtwistle, Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum
Tyler Kramlich, world premiere

Ensemble Dal Niente
March 6, 2018
The acclaimed new music ensemble returned to the Bienen School to work with both music performance and composition students. The residency concluded with a performance of eight new works by current composition students written for the groups.

CME & BCE
March 9, 2018
Shawn Jaeger, Letters Made with Gold
Sofia Gubaidulina, Jetzt immer Schnee
Sam Scranton, world premiere

The Crossing & BCE
March 16, 2018
Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble The Crossing shared their passion for contemporary choral music in a weeklong residency that included a seminar with conducting students, open rehearsals, and a collaboration in concert with the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, featuring Michael Gordon's Anonymous Man.
See a video from The Crossing residency

Current Voices Lecture Series
Eva Zöllner - October 12, 2017
Wang Lu - January 11, 2018
Christian Wolff - January 18, 2018 
Lucy Dhegrae - February 8, 2018
Shawn Jaeger - March 8, 2018 
Michael Gordon - March 15, 2018