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Contemporaneous in Concert: Seeing Is Believing

Contemporaneous—a new music ensemble founded at Bard in 2010 and featuring Bard students and alumni/ae—performs a rare concert in Annandale.

Friday, May 9, 2014

[Contemporaneous in Concert: Seeing Is Believing]
Contemporaneous performs Seeing Is Believing, an unbelievable program of two new works by Michael Harrison and music by Nico Muhly and Shawn Jaeger.

Drawing on his expertise in just intonation, Indian ragas and rhythmic cycles, Harrison’s music evokes what the New York Times calls, “a new harmonic world…of vibrant sound.” With "Tessellations" and "Orchestral Modules," written specifically for Contemporaneous and featuring guests Nitin Mitta (tabla), Aaron Shragge (tanpura) and Tim Parsons (countertenor), Harrison brings to life a new chapter in his explorations into these exciting worlds.

In addition to Harrison’s premieres, Contemporaneous will perform Nico Muhly’s effervescent six-string electric violin concerto "Seeing Is Believing" with Contemporaneous violinist Josh Henderson. Featuring Contemporaneous soprano Lucy Dhegrae, the roots for Kentucky composer Shawn Jaeger’s poignant and beautiful "Letters Made with Gold" come from musical gestures and song texts from Appalachian folk music.

Michael Harrison (b. 1959): "Orchestral Modules" (2014) — world premiere
Shawn Jaeger (b. 1985): "Letters Made with Gold" (2011)

— Intermission —

Nico Muhly (b. 1981): "Seeing Is Believing" (2007)
Michael Harrison (b. 1959): "Tessellations" (2014) — world premiere

For more information, call 845-758-7900, e-mail ,
or visit http://www.contemporaneous.org/.

Location: Room N211 (Jazz Room), Edith C. Blum Institute at the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center