New Music Series

Thanks to generous funding from the Rivendell Foundation, the Pulliam Fund, and the Office of the Provost, the Macalester Music Department presents two to three concerts per season focusing on New Music and Jazz.  

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Past guests have included Grammy award winner and and jazz composer/bandleader Maria Schneider, composer/jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, string quartet ETHEL, chamber group Music from Copland House, singer Theo Bleckmann, So Percussion, jazz pianist/composer/arranger Uri Caine, singer Lucy Shelton, Enso String Quartet, vocal ensemble Lorelei, pianist/composer Frederic Rzewski, composer Yehudi Wyner, and chamber group eighth blackbird. Guest artists work with Macalester students in classes and master classes and give free concerts open to the public. 

Upcoming New Music Series events:

INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song

Patrice Michaels, soprano, with Zach Brock, violin, Nick Photinos, cello
& Kuang-Hao Huang, piano

Patrice Michaels sitting down

February 3, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Mairs Concert Hall, Music Building,
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
Admission: FREE. Seating is limited, and is first-come, first-served (no tickets, no reservations). 
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrated recording artist Patrice Michaels is featured in a stunning concert of familiar tunes and
original compositions that explore the relationships between classical and jazz forms, harmonies and rhythms. Patrice writes, “Jazz was my first musical passion, and has remained hugely influential and inspiring for me – a sort of ‘silent partner’ behind my work as a classical singer. For quite some time I’ve been collecting pieces that bridge the two genres in a way that feels genuine to me. Working with other musicians who share this cross-pollination, and sharing our results with an audience is an absolutely thrilling opportunity for me. ”

Among the unique offerings, Patrice performs a ragtime-style vocalise (song without words) from
1920s Paris by Tibor Harsànyi. Contemporary expat composer Laurie Altman is represented by
three radically inventive “re-imaginings” of 18th century Italian songs: “O del mio dolce ardor,”
“Danza, danza, fanciulla gentile,” and “Per la gloria d’adorarvi”, and by a set of “Gig Songs” for
Patrice with violin, cello and piano. Lee Hoiby, Leslie Adams and John Musto, all masters of the
post-romantic American song, are represented in contrasting blues pieces. Chuck Israels,
composer/arranger and long-time bassist for Bill Evans, provides gorgeous piano and voice
settings of American folk songs “He’s Gone Away,” “Frankie and Johnnie” and “Balm in Gilead”.
A new work specially written for the ensemble by Macalester Music Department Associate Professor Randy Bauer is another of the many delights on the program.

"[Patrice Michaels’] instrument is beautifully shaped, balanced, and focused . . .
I find her a major talent for interpretation of American vocal music." - Fanfare

"Not only is Michaels a fine soprano with a bell-like sonority...but she's got
sophisticated taste in music… Witty, adult and smart." - San Francisco Examiner