Con Vivo Music presents “New Thread Quartet: avalanche lily”

Date: March 4, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm

New Thread Quartet: avalanche lily
Friday, March 4 2022 @ 7:00pm
Grace Church Van Vorst
39 Erie St
Jersey City, NJ

In person: FREE, all ages welcome
COVID-19 vaccine and masks required
Livestream: Con Vivo Music on YouTube

New Thread Quartet returns to our stage with a program of new works for saxophone. The concert centers on Amy Beth Kirsten’s avalanche lily, a multi-movement work inspired by wildflowers from the mountains of Wyoming and developed with support from the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program. Each movement draws from a unique concept found in nature, from flowers whose appearance indicates a risk of avalanche, to plants that split stones and trees holding onto nutrients to survive until spring.

The program continues with several works close to NTQ’s heart. Alon Nechushtan’s Quarantingo was composed during the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and blends extended saxophone technique with tango and jazz elements. Jonathan Harris’ M. Cassini draws inspiration from a cicada with a 17-year cycle, building a unique soundscape entirely from multiphonics. Emily Koh’s homonym employs microtonal melodies inspired by words that are spelled identically and sound the same, but have different meanings.

Emily Koh – homonym
Jonathan Harris – M. Cassini *
Alon Nechushtan – Quarantingo * (world premiere)
Amy Beth Kirsten – avalanche lily * +

* written for New Thread Quartet
+ This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Posted on February 24, 2022 by erin

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