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Michael FinnissyMichael Finnissy

was born in Tulse Hill, London in 1946 and studied at the Royal College of Music. He later studied in Italy with Roman Vlad. He went on to create the music department of the London School of Contemporary Dance, and has been associated as composer with many notable British dance companies. He has also been musician in residence to the Victorian College of the Arts, the City of Caulfield in Australia, and the East London Late Starters Orchestra. In 1999 he was made Professor of Composition at the University of Southampton.

Finnissy has been featured composer at the Bath, Huddersfield, and Almeida festivals, and his works are widely performed and broadcast worldwide. Recordings are available on various labels, notably NMC and Metier; the latter has released a cycle of CDs to great critical acclaim.

2006 was Michael Finnissy’s sixtieth birthday year, and highlights included ‘The Finnissy Weekend’ (a series of concerts at the BMIC ‘Cutting Edge’ series), the world première of his song cycle Whitman at HCMF, and a full performance of his epic piano cycle The History of Photography in Sound.

2009 commissions included a stage work for mixed professional and amateur performers, Mankind, which received its London première at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music in May 2009, and The Transgressive Gospel, an evening-length setting of the Passion of Christ. The première was at Wilton's Music Hall on 12 June as part of the 2009 Spitalfields Festival and broadcast in full on BBC Radio 3's 'Hear and Now' programme in August 2009.

One of Finnissy's most substantial works of 2010 was a commission from the New London Chamber Choir and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. The work, Gedächtnis-Hymne, was premièred by the New London Chamber Choir and the Rascher Saxophone Quartet at the November Festival in the Netherlands, and then performed again at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2010.

Norsworthy Michael Norsworthy, clarinet / Daniel Beilman, bassoon / Michael Finnissy, piano

March 22, 2015, 6:00pm
(Pre-Concert Discussion with the composer begins 5:00pm)

Sonata For Clarinet and Piano (2007)

WAM (1990/91)

Bassoon Sonata (2007)


NEW WORK **world premiere

MICHAEL NORSWORTHY’s virtuosity and unique voice on the clarinet have made him a sought after soloist and chamber music collaborator and garnered praise from critics and audiences around the globe. His performances have taken him to distinguished concert venues including Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Philharmonie Hall, New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Miller Theatre, Boston’s Jordan and Symphony Halls, St. Louis’ Sheldon Concert Hall, Festival Casals de Puerto Rico and the Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. Norsworthy is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire. To date, he has given over 125 world premieres with leading contemporary music groups, including Klangforum Wien, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Fromm Players at Harvard, Boston Musica Viva, Callithumpian Consort in Boston, Ensemble 21 in New York and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He has collaborated with a veritable who’s who of composers from around the globe including Pierre Boulez, Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Chris Dench, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner Henze, Helmut Lachenmann and Magnus Lindberg among many others.

Recent seasons have included world premieres of works written for him by Michael Finnissy, Hans Tutschku and Pozzi Escot, domestic and international recital tours with pianists Marilyn Nonken, Tyson Deaton, David Gompper and Yoko Hagino, radio appearances on Boston’s WGBH, multiple performances on the Composer Portraits Series at New York’s Miller Theatre, concerto performances with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Manhattan Sinfonietta, concerts with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Portland Chamber Music Festival and and Midwestern tours with the Iowa Center for New Music and the Maia String Quartet.

Arnone Augustus Arnone, piano

March 23, 2015, 8:00pm
(Pre-Concert Discussion with the composer begins 7:00pm)

"The History Of Photography In Sound" (1995-2001) | Concert 4 (of 4)

Alkan Paganini

Wachtend op de volgende uitbarsting van repressie en censuur

Unsere Afrikareise

Etched bright with sunlight

NEW WORK **world premiere

Called by TimeOut New York — "An abundantly skilled pianist... known for fearlessly probing the depths of difficult works," Augustus Arnone is an adventurous pianist who has made a home at the edge of transcendental extremes in the modern repertory. His repertoire includes the complete works for solo piano by Milton Babbitt and Michael Finnissy's complete monumental eleven movement piano cycle, "The History Of Photography In Sound," as well as works by Cage, Xenakis, Boulez, Stockhausen, Rzewski, Carter, Nono, Lucier, Feldman, Martino, Rakowski, Sierra, Campion and Eckardt. Composers who have written for him include Christopher Bailey, Yotam Haber, Michael Klingbeil, Aaron Brooks, James Romig, Lou Bunk, Spencer Topel, and Todd Tarantino. A stalwart champion of the ever controversial Babbitt, Mr. Arnone performed the composer's complete solo piano music over the course of two evenings at Merkin Concert Hall. Mr. Arnone has been presented at venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn including Merkin Concert Hall, the Issue Project Room, Roulette Concert Space, the cell, the Firehouse Space, Spectrum, and the Greenwich House. He is also an enthusiastic improviser and recent concerts have featured solo improvisation using MIDI-enabled acoustic piano as well as digital synthesizers. Mr. Arnone is a founding Director of Collide-O-Scope Music, now in its Sixth Season.

Arnone Collide-O-Scope Music

March 24, 2015, 8:00pm
(Pre-Concert Discussion with the composer begins 7:00pm)

Cantet Nunc Aula Caelestium (1962)

Quem Pastores Laudavere (1962-66)

Ulpirra (1982-83)

Violin Sonata (2007)

Recent Britain (1997-98)

NEW WORK **world premiere

Collide-O-Scope Music is a new music ensemble with a focus on diverse media forms. Now in its Sixth Season, Collide-O-Scope Music has been presented at a number of premiere venues around New York City including The Issue Project Room, Roulette, Greenwich House, the cell, Firehouse Space, and Spectrum. Programming features an eclectic mix of newly composed works and essential classics from the modern repertory, while exploring an innovative approach to the traditional concert setting where fixed compositions give way to episodes of improvisation and aleatoric music in seamless, continuous montage.

The founding mission of the group is the integration of a maximally diverse range of musical materials and approaches. Thus, programming has featured a blend of both acoustic and electronic compositions, as well as juxtaposing fixed compositional forms with improvisational, indeterminate, and interactive music. Music of extreme complexity and transcendental virtuosity has been a prominent programming component, inluding music by Boulez, Babbitt, Martino, Xenakis, Sciarrino, Cage, and Stockhausen. And the group has worked with some of the exciting compositional voices of our time commissioning new works by Yotam Haber, Spencer Topel, Nathan Davis, Ken Ueno, Aaron Brooks, James Romig, and Christopher Bailey and programming works by Jason Eckardt, Stephen Gorbos, Alexandra Gardner, and COSM co-director Lou Bunk. COSM has engaged in two large-scale collaborative projects where new works by numerous composers were written to be combined together in a continuous evening-length montage. The first, "Walls And Lattices," inspired by the latticework patterns of light and space in Gothic cathedrals was premiered in May 2013 at "the cell" in New York City. In this production, separate works by ten different composers were seamlessly joined together in such a way that the program itself was elevated to the status of a composition. A second project exploring this mode of presentation, "Waking In Altamira," is scheduled for June 2015 at Tenri Cultural Center. This program is inspired in part by Paleothic cave art, and will feature recordings of new works overlaid with live performances of the same, creating a shifting and unpredictable listening environment where there is always more happening under the surface than is sonically revealed.

ICE International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

March 25, 2015, 8:00pm
(Pre-Concert Discussion with the composer begins 7:00pm)

Yso (2007)

Kulamen Dilan (1990)

Ettelijke bange eenden (Several scared ducks) (2001)

Seterjentens fridag’ (Milkmaids’ day off)

Runnin' Wild

Forest (1974-75) **World Premiere

“the new gold standard for new music” - The New Yorker

“bracing, illuminating, reassuring” - Financial Times

“extraordinary” - New York Times

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by the New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 35 leading instrumentalists, performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century.

Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions––the majority of these new works by emerging composers––in venues spanning from alternative spaces to concert halls around the world. The ensemble has received the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award for its contributions to the field, the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, and was most recently named Musical America Worldwide's Ensemble of the Year in 2013. From 2008 to 2013 ICE was Ensemble-in-Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE musicians serve as Artists-in-Residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center, curating and performing chamber music programs that juxtapose new and old music. In 2014 ICE began a partnership with the Illinois Humanities Council, the Hideout in Chicago, and the Abrons Art Center in New York to support the OpenICE initiative.

ICE has released acclaimed albums on the Nonesuch, Kairos, Bridge, Naxos, Tzadik, New Focus, New Amsterdam and Mode labels. Recent and upcoming highlights include headline performances at the Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Aspekte (Austria), Acht Brücken Music for Cologne (Germany), Festival de Música de Morelia (Mexico), Teatro Amazonas (Brazil), and performances with the Nagoya Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony. ICE has worked closely with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Matthias Pintscher, John Adams and Susanna Mälkki. Since 2012, conductor and percussion soloist Steven Schick has served as ICE's Artist-in-Residence.