The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is launching a new concert series on Thursday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. The series is titled Connected: Music in the Museum, and the concerts will take place on select Thursdays throughout the school year. Admission is free and open to the general public.
The premiere concert will be a performance of the composition elements: five transfigurations for cello and computer by local composer Steve Antosca, who has been appointed music curator at the museum.
Elements will feature computer programming by William Brent, assistant professor of performing arts. The work will be performed by cellist Tobias Werner. The composition, commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, explores aspects of extended techniques and performance gestures, timbre, sonic characteristics, and computer processing for the cello. Elements uses computer technology created for this performance by Brent to exploit the sonically unique and visually rich performance environment of the museum.
A New Music Collective at AU
Concerts will be presented by the new music group INTERFERENCE/INTERMEDIA, a new music collective.
The group was organized to showcase the talents of AU faculty, and to further the presence of new music at the university and in Washington, DC. The ensemble focuses on the use of technology in composition and performance and will promote the American University Museum as one of the principal presenters of new music and new media in the city.
As an integral component of the concert series, Antosca will lecture on composition techniques, technology in music, the historical context of the concert works, and the evolving language of music. These presentations aim to bridge the experience gap between the classroom and the performance environment, to inform AU students and the AU community about the concert programs.
Full Calendar of Concerts
Future concerts include The Music of Morton Subotnick, with a guest appearance by Subotnick; a collaborative concert with the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France featuring the music of Philippe Manoury; and a concert of music by Washington composers.
Thursday, October 8, 7:30 p.m.
elements: five transfigurations for cello and computer for solo cello and computer by composer Steve Antosca
INTERFERENCE ensemble, featuring Steve Antosca, composer; William Brent, music technology; Tobias Werner, cello
Thursday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
French American Collaboration
INTERFERENCE ensemble in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France, Catherine Albertini, Cultural Attaché
Jupiter for solo flute and computer; Philippe Manoury featuring William Brent, music technology and Lisa Cella, flute
Thursday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Music of Morton Subotnick
Morton Subotnick & Lillevan and INTERFERENCE ensemble
Axolotl, Lina Bahn, violin; Falling Leaves, Jenny Lin, piano; Trembling, Lina Bahn, violin and Jenny Lin, piano; From Silver Apples of the Moon to A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur: VII, Morton Subotnick and Lillevan
Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Solos & Ensemble
INTERFERENCE ensemble, featuring music by Steve Antosca, Fernando Benadon, William Brent, Frederick Weck, and others