Evolution Contemporary Music Series announces 2011-12 season
As I've mentioned before, Baltimore has become quite a nice little hotbed for contemporary music. It's not just cool that we have Mobtown Modern and the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, but that each one has its own identity, with remarkably little overlap of repertoire.
Mobtown's 2011-2012 season was announced last week. Now comes word of Evolution's, which will again be held at An die Musik, where a season preview concert and fundraiser will be held Sept. 20.
Composer Judah Adashi, founding director of the series, devised a theme for the new season that reflects remarks made by conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim: "You can only live in music … if you see the parallels with literature, if you see the parallels with painting, if you see the parallel with the development of political processes."
An element of that theme will be particularly evident on Nov. 1, when violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen perform music by the challenging composer Michael Hersch, who is on the Peabody faculty.
The program includes two works written in response to 9/11: "The wreckage of flowers: 21 pieces after poetry and prose of Czeslaw Milosz" and "Fourteen Pieces, after texts by Primo Levi."
Drawings by Nicholas Cairns will be displayed during this concert, providing a visual intersection with the music.
On Dec. 6, there will be ...
Shakespeare's "The Tempest" provides the focus for a concert Feb. 7, when Kaija Saariaho’s "Tempest Songbook" and Paul Moravec's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Tempest Fantasy" will be performed.
A program on March 6 will offer works by Martin Bresnick, director of the composition program at Yale University, who drew inspiration from Franz Kafka and Francisco Goya.
The series will close with a concert by the International Contemporary Ensemble April 3. Members of that ensemble will also spend time mentoring Baltimore School for the Arts students, who will also perform at the concert.
PHOTO OF MICHAEL HERSCH COURTESY OF PEABODY INSTITUTE