Brave New Works presents an evening of
January 2002 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Local contemporary ensemble Brave New Works presents an evening of
quartet music on Saturday, February 9th at 8:00 p.m. at Kerrytown
Concert House in Ann Arbor. The fourth in its "Numbers Up" series, this
concert kicks-off with the World Premiere of Tom Schnauber's Finds for
String Quartet, a three-movement programmatic work about a musicologist
and the pursuit of a fleeting tune he encounters while hiking in the
woods. Next on the program is a set of character pieces by English
twelve-tone and serialist composer Humphrey Searle. Fascinated by cats
and unusual instrumental ensembles, Searle takes both of these delights
in true form in his Two Practical Cats, a setting of TS Eliot's
"Macavity: The Mystery Cat" and "Growltiger's Last Stand" written for
narrator, flute, cello and guitar. The second half of the concert takes
a sober, yet poignant turn with Olivier Messiaen's evocative Quartet for
the End of Time for violin, clarinet, cello and piano. Written in 1940
while Messiaen was interned in a German prison camp, the Quartet was
intended not to refer to his own captivity, but to be a kind of musical
extension of the Biblical account of the Apocalypse, and to present the
concept of the end of Time as the end of the past and future and the
beginning of eternity.
Performers on this concert include violinists Maria Sampen, Steve
Miahky, and Alejandra Urrutia, violist Tim Christie, cellists Andrea Yun
and Katri Ervamaa, flutist Emily Perryman, clarinetist Deborah Chodacki,
guitarist Matthew Ardizzone, pianist Winston Choi, and narrator Jennifer
Founded in 1997 by Christopher Froh, Chris Younghoon Kim and Eli
Shapiro, Brave New Works is an Ann Arbor-based performing organization
dedicated to the work of composers across the entire aesthetic spectrum.
Their mission is to foster new music through creation and performance
by working with and on behalf of contemporary composers. Brave New
Works also seeks to expand the audience for new music through
performances, workshops and collaborations with the arts.
Kerrytown Concert House is located at 415 North Fourth Avenue in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. More information about this concert can be found
online at www.kerrytownconcerhouse.org. Tickets $10-25 ($5 students).
Reservations suggested: 769-2999.