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Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Northwestern University Music Library

Institute for New Music

Alan PiersonNorthwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble

Friday, May 26, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Victor Yampolsky, Alan Pierson, and Ben Bolter, conductors; Taimur Sullivan, saxophone

Augusta Read Thomas, Hemke Concerto: Prisms of Light for saxophone and orchestra
Edgard Varèse, Amériques 
Frank Zappa, Pedro’s Dowry: yes, that’s right 

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BCEBienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble

Friday, May 26, 10:00 p.m.
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
Donald Nally and Kevin Vondrak, conductors

Music by Kevin Puts and Arvo Pärt as well as John Tavener’s prayerful Svyati for cello and choir.

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Millennium ParkContemporary Music Ensemble and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: Zappa and Varèse

Sunday May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Alan Pierson, Ben Bolter, and Taichi Fukumura, conductors

Composer Edgard Varèse’s emphasis on timbre, rhythm, and emerging technologies inspired a multitude of musicians who came of age during the 1960s and ’70s, among them guitarist and composer Frank Zappa. The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble celebrate the spirit of experimentation that united the two composers with a program featuring Zappa as a “virtual emcee” in recordings discussing his Varèse experiences. The Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble is featured in Varèse’s Ionisation.

Frank Zappa, Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat and Pedro’s Dowry: yes, that’s right 
Edgard Varèse, Ionisation, Intégrales, and Amériques

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