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, 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. 

2014 - 2015 New Music Series

Music from copland house

Wednesday, October 29, 8 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.

Music from Copland House presents LATIN AMERICAN SKETCHES. From the musical relics of ancient Incan, Aztec, and Mayan civilizations, the tangos of Argentina, the sounds of Mexican dance halls, and the impact of successive European rulers, centuries of migration, settlement, and colonization have enriched and shaped the cultural fabric of the region like few other places on earth. Aaron Copland adored and traveled frequently to Mexico and South America, and championed many young Latino artists who emerged as some of the world‘s most illustrious and influential composers. Bringing to life Copland’s description of the region offering “something fresh and pure and wholesome,” this vivid program – named  after an orchestral work by Copland and performed by the acclaimed  Music from Copland House ensemble – features music by Copland, Carlos Chavez, Alberto Ginastera, Gabriela Lena Frank, Miguel del Aguila, and others.

Hailed by The New York Times for performances that are “all exuberance and bright sunshine,” MCH has been engaged by Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, the Caramoor, Cape Cod, Cooperstown, and Bard Music Festivals, and other leading concert presenters, and has collaborated with NPR and Euro-Radio on a special concert of American works broadcast in over 20 countries.  The ensemble has commissioned Richard Danielpour, Chen Yi, Tamar Muskal, Pierre Jalbert, Derek Bermel, and Sebastian Currier (whose Copland House work, Static, won the prestigious 2007 Grawemeyer Award).  It has also made several widely-praised recordings for Arabesque and Koch International, and has a growing discrography on the new Copland House Blend label.  Inspired by Copland’s peerless, lifelong advocacy of American composers, MCH also presents a wide variety of educational and community outreach activities.  MCH concerts feature the ensemble’s much-admired Founding Artists –clarinetist-composer Derek Bermel, pianist Michael Boriskin, flutist-conductor Paul Lustig Dunkel, violinist Nicholas Kitchen, and cellist Wilhelmina Smith– and a stellar array of acclaimed guest performers.