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Durward: A Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble
Date of Performance: September 8, 2016 Ballantyne Auditorium Kirkwood Community College
Mission: Durward is a chamber ensemble that promotes the diversity of contemporary music to a broad audience through performances of rarely performed works and commissioning new works by living composers. Committed to formal concert presentations and educational outreach programs, Durward engages audiences of all ages and artistic interests in experiences that celebrate creativity and develop a community-based commitment to new music.
Event: Five commissioned works will be premiered at this event. Three composers are based in Salt Lake City: Nathaniel Eschler (www.nathanieleschler.com), Crystal Young-Otterstrom and Aaron Kirschner. The Composer-in-Residence at Luther College, Brooke Joyce (brookejoyce.com), and Queens University composer Zach Zubow (zachzubow.com), complete the group. Also included on the program will be a string trio by Irving Fine.
Fine was a prolific American composer associated with such luminaires as Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky. One of his more popular works Nocturno and Serious Song are heard on Alice in Wonderland. The Music Director of the Irving Fine Society, Nicholas Brown, will conduct the ensemble in the world premieres.
Education: Several educational events are planned in conjunction with this concert:
- One of the commissioned composers will present a guest lecture at Kirkwood Community College in the week prior to the concert.
- Members of the ensemble will join the composers and Nicholas Brown in visiting several area high schools to speak with students about new music and the process of musical composition.
Risks and challenges
Three of the five commissions are completed, with another two due, to be completed by mid-July. The performance venue at Kirkwood Community College has been reserved. All members of the ensemble have been hired, and all are excited about the potential of this new ensemble.
Funds raised from this campaign will be used to make a professional-quality recording of the concert, to pay the commissioned composers a modest fee, and to offer the performing musicians a stipend.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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