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

Macalester New Music Series: ICE Ensemble

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7:30 PM  - 9:00 PM
Wednesday Feb 24, 2016
Mairs Concert Hall, Music Building

Three soloists from the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) perform a program that draws from classic recent works and ICE composer commissions. From the wispy, transparent flute in Errobi 1 by Ramon Lazkano to the clock-like interplay of piano and percussion in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Axe Manual, ICE presents a wide-ranging evening of expressive extremes and diverse contemporary styles. Members of the Macalester College Orchestra join for a performance of The Well and the Gentle by the meditative master composer Pauline Oliveros. Generously sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation and the Macalester Provost’s Office.