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Contemporaneous Ensemble Concert
January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$7 - $10
The Binghamton University Department of Music is proud to host the Contemporaneous Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 in Casadesus Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus. A rising star on the international new-music scene, Contemporaneous is a dynamic chamber orchestra whose mission is to bring to life the music of now. Recently recognized for its “ferocious, focused performance” (The New York Times) and for its “passionate drive…setting an extremely high bar for other ensembles to live up to” (I Care If You Listen), Contemporaneous will perform new works by Iranian composer Anahita Abbasi, American icon Philip Glass and Binghamton University’s most advanced student composers.
Based in New York City and active throughout the United States, Contemporaneous has performed at a wide range of venues, including Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, (le) poisson rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. The ensemble has worked with artists as diverse as David Byrne, Donnacha Dennehy, Yotam Haber, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe. Contemporaneous has premiered more than 100 works, many of them large-scale pieces by emerging composers. Through its commissions and readiness to play challenging music, the ensemble encourages composers to take risks and defy constraints. Contemporaneous’ debut album, Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly (Innova Recordings), has been featured on radio programs around the world, including WNYC’s “New Sounds” and WRTI’s “Now is the Time.” Contemporaneous also leads participatory programs for public school students in the communities where the ensemble performs. These workshops are designed to instill a passion for new music and to convey the power of careful listening and meaningful expression through music. The ensemble has held residencies at Simon’s Rock College, the University of New Orleans, Williams College, and Bard College, where the group was founded in 2010.
Tickets for the concert are $10, general admission; $7, for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; and free for students and are available at the door. For more information, call 607-777-2592, visit the Music Department website (music.binghamton.edu) or become a fan on Facebook. This event is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department and the Akbari Fund for Persian Music.