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Now celebrating its 45th season, Collage New Music has consistently brought to Boston audiences distinguished and compelling performances of exhilarating music from this and the last century. Comprised of Boston’s finest musicians, including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble was founded in 1972, and led for two decades, by renowned former BSO percussionist Frank Epstein. Since 1991, under the leadership of conductor and music director David Hoose, Collage New Music has continued to intrigue, challenge, and thrill its audiences with insightful programming and inspired performances. 


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2016-2017 SEASON

Concert I — Bracing Voices
   with Mary Mackenzie, soprano  

 Monday, October 24, 2016
8 p.m. (Pre-Concert Talk at 7 p.m.)

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College
27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Map and Directions 

Program
Nina C. Young: Rising Tide (2015)                        
   First Boston performance
Arthur Berger: Collage III (1992, rev. 1994)
Andrew Rindfleisch: What Vibes! (2000)    
Hayg Boyadjian: mi Tango No. 2–al abstracto (2016)
   First performance
William Kraft: Settings from Pierrot Lunaire (1987-1990)
   Mary Mackenzie, soprano
    
About the Program
The first program of Collage’s 45th season focuses on William Kraft’s vivid and dramatic Settings from Pierrot Lunaire, music that turns to several of the poems by Albert Giraud that Schoenberg had not included in his seminal work. The brilliant Mary Mackenzie sings. Leading to the Kraft will be Rising Tide, by Nina C. Young, a gifted recent graduate of MIT whose music our listeners enjoyed last season, and the first performance of Hayg Boyadjian’s inventive, Piazzola-inspired mi Tango No. 2Arthur Berger’s spiky and elegant Collage III and Andrew Rindfleisch’s exuberant What Vibes! add their vividly contrasting energies to the evening.


Concert II — The Summer Past and Future
   with Janet Brown, soprano  

Sunday, January 15, 2017
8 p.m. (Pre-Concert Talk at 7 p.m.)

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College
27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Map and Directions

Program
Gordon Beeferman: Rites of Summer, East Coast Version (2015)
   First Boston performance
Daniel Strong Godfrey: Juliet at her Window (2004)
   First Boston performance
   Janet Brown, soprano
Marjorie Merryman: Elegiac Songs (2015)
   First Boston performance
   Janet Brown, soprano        
Seymour Shifrin: The Nick of Time (1978)
Carl Schimmel: rite. apotheosis (2007)                                    
   First Boston performance

About the Program
CNM’s second program features long-time Boston favorite, soprano Janet Brown, who sings two works, Daniel Strong Godfrey’s Juliet at her Window, an endearing expression of Juliet’s lonely pathos, and Marjorie Merryman’s Elegiac Songs, eloquent settings of two Louise Glück poems, songs she composed in memory of her husband, composer Edward Cohen. At the heart of the concert is the intricate and undoubtedly heady The Nick of Time, one of the last works of Boston’s Seymour Shifrin. Two reflections on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring frame this bountiful program—Gordon Beeferman’s muscular Rites of Summer and Carl Schimmel’s optimistic rite. apotheosis.


Concert III — Heroes and Anti-Heroes

Sunday, April 2, 2017
8 p.m. (Pre-Concert Talk at 7 p.m.)

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College
27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Map and Directions

Program
Donald Sur: A Neo-Platonic Epistrophe
Eric Chasalow: Flute Concerto (Three Love Poems)
   Christopher Krueger, flute
Donald Sur: Berceuse, for Violin and Piano
   Catherine French, violin, and Christopher Oldfather, piano
Donald Sur: Catena III
Yi Yiing Chen: New Work (2016)    
   First performance
Peter Child: Elegy (with rabbit)                                            
   First performance
Eric Moe: Superhero (2010)
Doanld Sur: Satori on Park Avenue

About the Program
The season closes season closes with a program that nestles four compact works that are new to our audience among pithy and beloved works of Donald Sur, music that is at turns whacky, heartbreaking, exhilarating, and bizarre. The program brings Eric Chasalow’s mercurial and jazzy Flute Concerto, as well as two world premieres: a new piece by Collage’s ’16-17 Fellow and NEC doctoral composition student Yi Yiing Chen, and Peter Child’s Elegy (with rabbit). Peter composed this mysteriously titled piece in memory of his father, deeply embedding into it the popular World War II song “Run, Rabbit, Run,” which his father, an RAF veteran, loved to sing throughout his lifetime. At the close, hero and antihero meet in Eric Moe’s hilarious Superhero and Donald Sur’s take on “Tea for Two,” an uncanny homage to King Kong.

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