Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

PRISM Quartet: Music by Bresnick, Etezady, Haas, Reich, Young (Ypsilanti, MI)

  • First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti (map)
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On October 6th, the PRISM Quartet presents a far reaching concert of new music at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti. The program features the Midwest premiere of Tarnish by Nina C. Young, PRISM’s most recent commission. In the composer’s words, “Tarnish is inspired by the alteration of material on the surface of metal, the thin layer of corrosion that forms as certain metals undergo a chemical reaction. Only the top few layers react; the outer destruction seals and protects the underlying structure. Tarnish begins and ends with gentle noise. From this initially unpitched sound world the Quartet uncovers (wipes away the tarnish from) timbral layers to expose nostalgic, tonal, almost-saccharinely beautiful music.  These sections are intended to be very precious, but short-lived. When exposed for too long, they oxidize.”

The program includes Martin Bresnick‘s Every Thing Must Go (commissioned by PRISM in 2007), an homage to Bresnick’s own teacher, György Ligeti, who passed away shortly before the work was composed. In Steve Reich‘s 1985 masterpiece, New York Counterpoint, PRISM is joined by students from the saxophone studio of Quartet member Timothy McAllister (University of Michigan). Mcallister joins altoist Zachary Shemon in Glint, a virtuosic duo by Roshanne Etezady. Rounding out the program is Saxophone Quartet by Georg Friedrich Haas who creates a kaleidoscopic sound world that melds microtonality and minimalism.

 

Program

Every Thing Must Go (2007) by Martin Bresnick (b. 1946)
Saxophone Quartet (2014) by Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953)
Glint (2007) by Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973)*
Tarnish (2019, Midwest premiere) by Nina C. Young (b. 1984)
New York Counterpoint (1985) by Steve Reich (b. 1936), arr. 1995 by Sue Fancher**

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Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Colombia Tour: Valledupar

  • Biblioteca Departamental Rafael Carrillo Luquez (map)
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PRISM Quartet returns to Colombia for its first tour in that country since 1995.

PROGRAM

KEEN (2004) by Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973)
Pagine – elaborazioni da concerto per 4 saxofoni (1998) by Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947)
Steamboat (2014) by Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
Send in the Clowns (1973, from A Little Night Music) by Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930), arr. 2019 by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)
Paqueta by Roberto Saghini
Above (2013) by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)

– Intermission –

Schumann Bouquet (1848, from Album for the Young) by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), arr. 2015 by William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Saxophone Quartet (2014) by Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953)
Every Thing Must Go (2007) by Martin Bresnick (b. 1946)

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Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Colombia Tour: Riohacha

  • Centro Cultural Banco de la Republica (map)
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PRISM Quartet returns to Colombia for its first tour in that country since 1995.

PROGRAM

KEEN (2004) by Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973)
Pagine – elaborazioni da concerto per 4 saxofoni (1998) by Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947)
Steamboat (2014) by Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
Send in the Clowns (1973, from A Little Night Music) by Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930), arr. 2019 by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)
Paqueta by Roberto Saghini
Above (2013) by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)

– Intermission –

Schumann Bouquet (1848, from Album for the Young) by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), arr. 2015 by William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Saxophone Quartet (2014) by Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953)
Every Thing Must Go (2007) by Martin Bresnick (b. 1946)

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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Colombia Tour: Santa Marta

  • Biblioteca Banco de la Republica Gabriel Garcia Marquez (map)
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PRISM Quartet returns to Colombia for its first tour in that country since 1995.

PROGRAM

KEEN (2004) by Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973)
Pagine – elaborazioni da concerto per 4 saxofoni (1998) by Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947)
Steamboat (2014) by Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
Send in the Clowns (1973, from A Little Night Music) by Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930), arr. 2019 by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)
Paqueta by Roberto Saghini
Above (2013) by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)

– Intermission –

Schumann Bouquet (1848, from Album for the Young) by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), arr. 2015 by William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Saxophone Quartet (2014) by Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953)
Every Thing Must Go (2007) by Martin Bresnick (b. 1946)

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Colombia Tour: Barranquilla

  • Auditorio Mario Santo Domingo CLENA (map)
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PRISM Quartet returns to Colombia for its first tour in that country since 1995.

PROGRAM

KEEN (2004) by Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973)
Pagine – elaborazioni da concerto per 4 saxofoni (1998) by Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947)
Steamboat (2014) by Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
Send in the Clowns (1973, from A Little Night Music) by Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930), arr. 2019 by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)
Paqueta by Roberto Saghini
Above (2013) by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)

– Intermission –

Schumann Bouquet (1848, from Album for the Young) by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), arr. 2015 by William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Saxophone Quartet (2014) by Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953)
Every Thing Must Go (2007) by Martin Bresnick (b. 1946)

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Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Colombia Tour: Bogotá

  • Sala de Conciertos Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango (map)
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Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973): KEEN (2004)
Emma O’Halloran (b. 1985): Night Music (2014)
Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953): Saxophone Quartet (2014)
Michael Daugherty (b. 1954): Steamboat (2014)

INTERMISSION

JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis, b. 1951): Heartbreakers (1998)
Matthew Levy (b. 1963): Above (2013)
Steve Reich (b. 1936): New York Counterpoint (1985 / arr. Susan Fancher 1995)

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Dec
6
7:30 PM19:30

Grossman Ensemble with Michael Lewanski

The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition's resident ensemble takes the stage for its first concert of the season, conducted by Michael Lewanski. The ensemble that "filled the evening with wonder and, at times, awe" (Third Coast Review) premieres four works by distinguished guest composer Tania León, Grossman Ensemble co-director Anthony Cheung, and UChicago composers Will Myers and Alison Yun-Fei Jiang.

Guests are invited to an after-party in the Gidwitz Lobby following the performance.
$15, students free with ID

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Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

PRISM Quartet: Bryn Mawr College Learning to Listen series

Bryn Mawr College’s ‘Learning to Listen’ Series was established in memory of Elizabeth Coleman Mooney ’48 and in honor of Susan Norton Coleman ’45, who wanted future generations of students to derive the same great pleasure from music as they did. The Series features virtuosic musicians in a salon-like atmosphere with tasty refreshments and informative conversation. Learning to Listen events on the Bryn Mawr campus are free and open to the public.

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Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Grossman Ensemble with Jerry Hou

Chicago's newest ensemble of contemporary music specialists are led by Jerry Hou in the premieres of works by guest composers Paula Matthusen and Stephen A. Taylor, along with a work by UChicago composer David Clay Mettens, and the 2019-20 Postdoctoral Researcher Ashkan Behzadi.

Guests are invited to an after-party in the Gidwitz Lobby following the performance.
$15, students free with ID

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Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

Mending Wall | Philadelphia

  • Goodhart Hall, McPherson Auditorium (map)
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Something there is that doesn’t love a wall —Robert Frost

WORLD PREMIERE

Mending Wall is a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom. Soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Arturo O’Farrill join the PRISM Quartet in world premiere performances of works by four visionary composers—Martin BresnickGeorge E. LewisJuri Seo, and O’Farrill—who take inspiration from poetry by Robert Frost, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Waly Salomão, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Directed by Jorinde Keesmaat with lighting design by Aaron Copp.

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Mar
22
3:00 PM15:00

Mending Wall | Philadelphia

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall —Robert Frost

WORLD PREMIERE

Mending Wall is a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom. Soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Arturo O’Farrill join the PRISM Quartet in world premiere performances of works by four visionary composers—Martin BresnickGeorge E. LewisJuri Seo, and O’Farrill—who take inspiration from poetry by Robert Frost, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Waly Salomão, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Directed by Jorinde Keesmaat with lighting design by Aaron Copp.

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Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Mending Wall | New York City

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall —Robert Frost

WORLD PREMIERE

Mending Wall is a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom. Soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Arturo O’Farrill join the PRISM Quartet in world premiere performances of works by four visionary composers—Martin BresnickGeorge E. LewisJuri Seo, and O’Farrill—who take inspiration from poetry by Robert Frost, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Waly Salomão, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Directed by Jorinde Keesmaat with lighting design by Aaron Copp.

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Apr
26
3:00 PM15:00

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society - Roberto Sierra world premiere

PCMS Presents Musical Fund Society 200th Anniversary Concert

PRISM Quartet premieres a new work by Roberto Sierra

Join us in celebrating the bicentennial of a Philadelphia musical treasure with a concert of world-premiere chamber works by four of America’s finest living composers. Performed by four leading Philadelphia ensembles, the newly-commissioned works are all rooted in the history of our city, connecting audiences with the rich musical life of past and present Philadelphia.

Network for New Music; Curtis 20/21 Ensemble; PRISM Quartet; Astral Artists

Program of world premieres by Tania León, Stephen Jaffe, Roberto Sierra, and Augusta Read Thomas

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Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Grossman Ensemble with Oliver Hagen

The Grossman Ensemble closes the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition’s second season with four new works, conducted by Oliver Hagen. Guest composers Zosha DiCastri, Jay Alan Yim, Du Yun, and David Serkin Ludwig share their world premieres with the Chicago community.

Guests are invited to an after-party in the Gidwitz Lobby following the performance.
$15, students free with ID

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Jun
11
to Jun 12

Georgia Saxophone Retreat

Taimur Sullivan will be the featured guest artist at the inaugural Georgia Saxophone Retreat.  The GSR is a week-long intensive saxophone retreat which takes places within beautiful Unicoi State Park just outside of Helen, GA. A solo recital will feature music by Meredith Monk, Ned Rothenberg, Ryo Noda, Larry Austin, Claude Debussy, and Steve Reich. More information at https://www.georgiasaxretreat.com/

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Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Grossman Ensemble

In the final concert of the season, the Grossman Ensemble presents four world premiere works by acclaimed soprano Kate Soper, a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose works have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center; Steve Lehman, whose most recent album was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and the Los Angeles Times, UChicago composer Joungbum Lee, and David Dzubay, Professor of Music, Chair of the Composition Department, and director of the New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, who will also conduct the concert.

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Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

PRISM Quartet with Michael Dease

  • First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti (map)
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PROGRAM

KEEN** (2004) by Roshanne Etezady

Tune From Childhood (1999) by Bright Sheng

Dissolve* (2018, preview) by Emily Cooley

Improvisations* (2015) by Chris Potter

Supersonix* (2017) by Joe Lovano

The Waves** by Jacob TV (2018, preview)

*Commissioned by the PRISM Quartet; ** composed for the PRISM Quartet

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Feb
26
7:30 PM19:30

Faculty Recital: The Art of The Transcription

Joined by pianist José Ramón Méndez, this recital features works reconceived for the soprano saxophone.

PROGRAM

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune – Claude Debussy (arr. Taimur Sullivan)

Poetic Soprano Sax – Jennifer Higdon (world premiere)

Poem - Marina Dranishnikova (arr. Taimur Sullivan)

Tárogató - Larry Austin

New York Counterpoint – Steve Reich (arr. Taimur Sullivan)

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Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Ensemble Dal Niente with George Lewis @ New Music New College

Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente has been showered with critical praise and prestigious awards since forming in 2004. Their astonishing virtuosity is put entirely in the service of musical communication, making even the most demanding contemporary works accessible and compelling. Their program for NMNC will feature pieces by George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Katherine Young, and Anthony Cheung that, while notated, each have origins in improvisation. Composer and MacArthur (“Genius Grant”) Fellow George Lewis, who holds a PhD in Humane Letters (honoris causa) from New College, will join us for this concert.

“Dal Niente is a model of what contemporary music needs, but seldom gets, to reach and engage a wider public.”—Chicago Tribune

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Jan
18
2:00 PM14:00

Chamber Music America panel presentation

Matt Levy and Taimur Sullivan of the PRISM Quartet are joined by percussionist Susie Ibarra to present a panel discussing their project”Unlocking Your Inner Composer.”

”Unlocking Your Inner Composer” was a series of free workshops at the Free Library of Philadelphia in which the PRISM Quartet, along with Susie Ibarra, and Tyshawn Sorey, taught students of all ages and ability levels to compose for the combined forces of saxophone quartet and percussion. The workshops culminated in performances of participants’ compositions by PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey.

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Dec
9
8:00 AM08:00

Chicago Saxophone Day

Co-Hosted by saxophonists J. Michael Weiss-Holmes (Roosevelt University Head of Woodwinds and Artist-Faculty) and Taimur Sullivan (Associate Professor of Saxophone at Northwestern University), this year's Sax Day will feature guest saxophonist Kenneth Tse (University of Iowa) and pianist Casey Dierlam,  and Guest Clinician Jim Gailloreto (Roosevelt University Artist Faculty of Jazz Saxophone).

Registration:
https://applyru.roosevelt.edu/register/SaxDay

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Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Grossman Ensemble Debut Concert

  • Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (map)
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The debut performance of the newly formed Grossman Ensemble. A key component of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition’s performance series, the ensemble is comprised of 13 of the nation’s leading contemporary music specialists. Under the direction of Ben Bolter, this performance includes world premiere works by Tonia Ko, Sam Pluta, David Rakowski, and Shulamit Ran.

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Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

University of Miami Residency, performance with Frost Wind Ensemble

  • UM Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, FROST School of Music (map)
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The Frost Wind Ensemble hosts top saxophonists PRISM Quartet, in Matt Browne’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and Dale Underwood, in Joel Love’s Lyric Concerto. The program opens with the exhilarating work of Carlos Simon, an innovative composer and rising star whose music straddles the worlds of jazz, gospel, classical and neo-romanticism.

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Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Joan Tower and Friends at National Sawdust, NYC

In the tradition of Philip Glass @80 and John Corigliano @80 concerts, National Sawdust will honor Joan Tower on her 80th Birthday. “One of the most successful women composers of all time” (The New Yorker) and one of the most important American composers alive today, Joan Tower has made lasting contributions to musical life for the past half century. With her iconic Silver Ladders, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, and the recording of her Made In America won three different Grammy awards. In honor of her 80th birthday, National Sawdust is hosting an exclusive celebration, featuring an afternoon of music curated by Tower herself and featuring music written exclusively by female composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Tania León, and Julia Wolfe. PRISM will perform Wolfe’s Cha, commission by the Quartet in 2015.

Program:
Joan Tower: String Quartet
Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio
Tania León: Ethos
Julia Wolfe: Cha

Performers:
PRISM Quartet
Jasper Quartet
Lysander Trio

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Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Anchoress: An Evening of Music by David Ludwig with PRISM, Piffaro, and Hyunah Yu

  • Cary Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (map)
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The Anchoress, a new monodrama by David Ludwig, “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer), has its world premiere on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The next evening, Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 PM, the New York premiere is presented at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall. Set to texts by Katie Ford, The Anchoress is inspired by the medieval mystic tradition called anchorism and its relationship to contemporary society. In what may be the first-ever combination of voice, period wind instruments, and saxophones, The Anchoress will be performed by soprano Hyunah Yu; the early music ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band; and the PRISM Quartet.

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Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Anchoress: An Evening of Music by David Ludwig featuring PRISM, Piffaro, and Hyunah Yu

  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Anchoress, a new monodrama by David Ludwig, “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer), has its world premiere on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The next evening, Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 PM, the New York premiere is presented at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall. Set to texts by Katie Ford, The Anchoress is inspired by the medieval mystic tradition called anchorism and its relationship to contemporary society. In what may be the first-ever combination of voice, period wind instruments, and saxophones, The Anchoress will be performed by soprano Hyunah Yu; the early music ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band; and the PRISM Quartet.

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Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

University of China Academy of Science, Beijing

  • University of China Academy of Science (map)
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The PRISM Quartet returns to Beijing for a program celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the University of China Academy of Science. The program features Bright Sheng’s epic work, The Singing Gobi Desert (from PRISM’s 2014 innova recording of the same name). PRISM will perform Gobi with leading Chinese musicians under the baton of Bright Sheng. Also on the program: music by Stephen Sondheim, Michael Daugherty, Robert Schumann, and arrangements of traditional Chinese and Colombian folk music.

Artists

PRISM Quartet, plus Lin Qi, pipa; Zheng Yang, sheng; Gao Bai, jinghu/erhu; Qu Mengfei, yangqin; Yin Fei, percussion; Bright Sheng, conductor

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Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

University of China Academy of Science, Beijing

  • University of China Academy of Science (map)
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The PRISM Quartet returns to Beijing for a program celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the University of China Academy of Science. The program features Bright Sheng’s epic work, The Singing Gobi Desert (from PRISM’s 2014 innova recording of the same name). PRISM will perform Gobi with leading Chinese musicians under the baton of Bright Sheng. Also on the program: music by Stephen Sondheim, Michael Daugherty, Robert Schumann, and arrangements of traditional Chinese and Colombian folk music.

Artists

PRISM Quartet, plus Lin Qi, pipa; Zheng Yang, sheng; Gao Bai, jinghu/erhu; Qu Mengfei, yangqin; Yin Fei, percussion; Bright Sheng, conductor

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