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)
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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
13
2:00 PM14:00

University of China Academy of Science, Beijing

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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

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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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