New Music Series

Thanks to generous funding from the Rivendell Foundation 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, 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. 

2013-2014 New Music Series

string quartetethel

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE. Seating is limited, and is first-come, first-served (no tickets, no reservations). Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

 The string quartet ETHEL has been a musical pioneer since it was founded in 1998. The New Yorker magazine has called ETHEL the "avatar of post-classical music -- the virtuoso alternative string quartet...vital and brilliant." They bring to Macalester a program that explores the idea of redemption through music, titled "Grace." The performance will include a suite from the score to the film "The Mission" by Ennio Morricone. as well as music from other cultures.

9 women singers

Lorelei ensemble

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE. Seating is limited, and is first-come, first-served (no tickets, no reservations). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Dedicated to the performance of new and early music for women’s voices, Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as "a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming" in the Boston Area. Premiering more than thirty new works since its founding in 2007 by Artistic Director Beth Willer, Lorelei collaborates with established and emerging composers from the United States and abroad while continuing to highlight standard and lesser-known works of the Medieval, Renaissance and early-Baroque periods. An active member of the the Boston music scene, Lorelei hosts both private and public performances, collaborating with ensembles such as The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Juventas New Music Ensemble to deliver innovative programming to a broad audience. In addition to its annual concert season, Lorelei seeks outside performance opportunities throughout New England and the United States.

Consisting of 9 professional musicians whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, Lorelei's members perform with Boston’s greatest ensembles, gracing many of the city’s stages as well as national and international venues. Lorelei performs both as a full ensemble of eight independent voices, and as a combination of smaller chamber ensembles (solo, duet, trio, quartet). Repertoire performed includes works for a cappella, accompanied, and amplified voices. Lorelei currently is in-residence at Boston University's Marsh Chapel and with with the Harvard Holden Choruses.

This concert at Macalester will pair new and early works for women's voices. Music of Kassia, Pérotin, Du Fay, Steve Reich, David Lang, and Peter Gilbert, among others.