Spring Concert: Made in Chicago

Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm
Ruth Page Theater
1016 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL


keith-kustereKeith Kusterer – Auras
Keith Kusterer (b.1981) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, conductor, producer and arranger of various forms of sonic art. He writes music for both the concert stage and interdisciplinary performance projects, collaborating with artists in the fields of theater, film and dance. His concert music continues to be programmed by new music ensembles/organizations including equilibrium New Music, Acoustic Uproar,Juventas Ensemble, Transient Canvas, TimeQuake Ensemble, Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Chicago Composers Orchestra and ensembles in residence at both Columbia College-Chicago and the Boston Conservatory. As a younger musician, he received an award from the ‘John Lennon Songwriting Competition’ (2000), several years later became the recipient of the ‘Allen-Turner Award in Composition’ (2008) and was selected by the conductor, Eric Hewitt, as the winner of the ‘Boston Conservatory Wind- Ensemble Competition’ (2012).

amos-gillespie Amos Gillespie – The Noise of Bromius
Amos recently completed an artist residency in Lucerne Switzerland in August of 2012, awarded to him through the Chicago sister cities program and the Swiss benevolent society. In Lucerne he worked on a string quartet for the Chicago Q Ensemble, to be premiered during the Chicago Cultural Center Sunday Salon Series, April 28th. He was recently awarded a 2013 IAS Professional Development grant through the Illinois Arts Council. Amos is currently working on an orchestra piece for the Chicago Composers Orchestra and a choir work for the Grande Prairie Singers, to be premiered in May of 2013.

kendall-mooreKendall Moore – New Piece
Kendall Moore is an active trombonist, composer, and arranger currently living in the Miami metropolitan area. In 2008, Kendall completed his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies at Roosevelt University, and in 2010, he finished his Masters of Music degree in Jazz Composition at the University of Miami. As a composer, such ensembles as the Rob Parton Jazz Orchestra, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Jazz Ensemble, and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band have featured his works. As an arranger and orchestrator, he has had the opportunity to write for a wide variety of artists, most recently for a PBS television production “Jazz at the Philharmonic” Special featuring such artists as Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard, and many others. Kendall is currently a Henry Mancini Institute music fellow at the University of Miami where he is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree.

RW42_small_sqaure Randall West – Elements for Orchestra

Randall’s compositional work tends to explore systems that ask performers to cooperate through game-like scenarios; originally trained as a computer programmer and economist, he draws from models of interactivity, social behavior and choice. Meanwhile his music engages its audience with colorful timbres, striking melodies, and a vivid theatricality.With musical inspiration spanning 20th century modernism, baroque, Indian classical, Japanese, electronic, avant-garde, and popular music, his catalog includes work for the concert hall as well as electroacoustic, vocal, and experimental music. A leader in the arts community, Randall is committed to promoting and producing new music in Chicago. In 2010, Randall co-founded the Chicago Composers Orchestra and serves as vice-president of its board of directors.  He also serves as the president of the board of directors for Access Contemporary Music, which maintains a music school, the ensemble Palomar, and a composer membership program.  And within the larger arts community, Randall reaches also across disciplines to collaborate with an array of artists, including poets, visual artists, and choreographers.

Photo of Amy AurtzAmy Wurtz – Passage
Pianist and composer Amy Wurtz holds Master’s Degrees in both Music Composition and Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota.  She studied piano with Inés Gómez-Carillo, Alexander Braginsky and Louanne Long, and was a composition student of Judith Lang Zaimont and Alexandra Pierce.  After a year of intensive piano study in Buenos Aires, Amy moved to Europe, where she produced and conducted performances in Germany, England, and Sweden of her composition Message from the Soul, a 70-minute work for chorus, chamber orchestra, soloists and speaker. Among her other accomplishments are performing the American premiere of Beatrice Ohanessian’s The Dawn and composing Mariposa en arrullo, a prize-winning song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano using the poetry of Pablo Neruda.  Amy resides in Chicago, where she composes, teaches and performs throughout the city and surrounding area.  She performs regularly as a soloist and with the Calumet Chamber Musicians, Palomar, and other Chicago-area ensembles. Amy works as the Music Director at Hemenway United Methodist Church, and is an active board member of New Music Chicago.  She released her first CD, Amy Wurtz String Quartets, in collaboration with the Chicago Q Ensemble, in 2012.  She is currently at work on a chamber music commission from Chicago Classical Review.

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