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WELLSPRING BY DAVID VAYO HEADLINES CHICAGO COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA FOURTH SEASON OPENING CONCERT. ALSO FEATURED, A WORLD PREMIERE BY ROB DEEMER, AND WORKS BY IAN DICKE, PAUL KEREKES.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Chicago Composers Orchestra presents the opening concert of its 2013-2014 season on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, 65 E Huron Street. Keeping with its mission to showcase the music of homegrown composers, the fourth season opens with a world premiere by Illinois native, Rob Deemer, Head of Composition in the School of Music at CUNY Fredonia, and a work by Illinois composer, David Vayo, who currently serves as the Fern Rosetta Sherff Professor of Composition and Theory and head of the composition department at Illinois Wesleyan University. Other featured composers include Fulbright winner Ian Dicke, and Paul Kerekes, who is currently pursuing an M.M.A. at Yale School of Music, studying with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang.
As one of only four full size orchestras in the United States committed to presenting the music of “living composers for a living audience,” the Chicago Composers Orchestra (CCO) continues its vital contribution to the vibrant musical community of Chicago, as well as the nation, by providing audiences with the opportunity to access large scale new works for orchestra. An additional highlight of this season is a new home for two of the three concerts to be presented. “We are pleased to perform in a brand new venue this year in St. James Cathedral, well known in Chicago for being a great space for live music,” says CCO co-founder, Brian Baxter.
Regarding the October 12 program, Baxter remarks, “We are excited to present Wellspring by Illinois composer David Vayo as our headlining work. This virtuosic and emotional piece will sparkle in St. James showing off the capabilities of our adept musicians.” Vayo, who holds an A.Mus.D. in Composition from The University of Michigan, where he studied with Leslie Bassett and William Bolcom, completed Wellspring in 2001. Dedicated to Vayo’s wife, Marie-Susanne, the title refers to the role that a loving partner can play in one’s life, and to imagination itself, the life-giving source of creativity.
“We’re also thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of Rob Deemer’s Grand Diptych,” adds Randall West, CCO co-founder. Grand Diptych explores two contrasting musical ideas, one extremely fast and agile, the other extremely slow and unforgiving. Well known for his writings, in addition to his compositions, Deemer is has contributed columns to NewMusicBox, Sequenza 21, and The New York Times. “Timber, and Assembly Lines, give us the chance to present dynamic music coming from other parts of the U.S. This concert proves the inexhaustible creativity of American composers today,” continues West. Timber, by Paul Kerekes, a native of Huntington, New York, whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “an almost tactile picture,” is a macabre and hallucinatory look into the forest. Ian Dicke is a composer inspired by social-political culture and interactive technology, whose works have been called “refreshingly well-structured” (Feast of Music) and “uncommonly memorable” (Sequenza 21). His work, Assembly Lines, centers on a “conveyor belt” theme with a series of interchangeable motifs that hammer and thrash the musical texture in an intricate web of syncopation and orchestral color.
Music director Matthew Kasper, a conductor who has led orchestras at venues including the Pierre Monteux School, Queens College, Chicago College of Performing Arts and the CUNY New Music Festival, returns to the podium this season to lead a collection of the most talented and dedicated young professional musicians in the region. These musicians have performed with orchestras all over the Midwest including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with various new music groups in the city including Dal Niente, Anaphora, and Palomar.
Wellspring, presented by Chicago Composers Orchestra is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.
Tickets to the Chicago Composers Orchestra Fall Concert are $15 if purchased online ahead of time and $20 at the door (for students, $8 online and $10 at the door). Please visit www.chicagocomposersorchestra.org to purchase tickets online, as well as for bios and program notes.
The Chicago Composers Orchestra is dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers. The orchestra works to expand the art form and engage the Chicago community through innovative programming, low cost concerts, and a vibrant and welcoming concert atmosphere. It brings the best in contemporary orchestral music to its audiences by connecting with the next generation of emerging artists. In doing so, it seeks to reinvigorate the orchestra experience for performers, composers, and audiences alike, and to create a sense of excitement around contemporary orchestral music throughout Chicago.
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