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    Vessel: New Music for Vocal Ensemble

    Presented by at Mexican American Cultural Center

    July 21, 2012


    Vessel: New Music for Vocal Ensemble

    On July 21, 2012 Austin New Music Co-op will present the first program of its second decade: “Vessel,” a concert devoted to brand new compositions for vocal ensemble. Nine local instrumentalists will take the stage alongside the nationally renowned Austin-based Convergence Vocal Ensemble to perform five accompanied and unaccompanied vocal works. Convergence comprises Gitanjali Mathur (soprano), Beth Beauchamp (mezzo-soprano), Paul D’Arcy (tenor), and Cameron Beauchamp (bass).

    Cultures throughout history have used rituals in different ways. At its essence, a ritual or ceremony is a vessel, which each participant fills with whatever significance she or he chooses. For this concert, five Co-op members have composed brand new works exploring ritual and ceremony. Travis Weller’s newest piece sets the four voices alongside a trio of newly constructed string instruments, played by Line Upon Line percussion, which use antique organ pipes as resonators. Brent Fariss will offer a musical study of obsessive compulsive disorder for four voices, horn, trombone, and percussion. Keith Manlove will deconstruct components of rituals in his piece for four amplified voices, interactive electronics, and video. Andrew Stoltz will present a piece for four voices, harmonium, and Weller’s original instrument, the owl. For her first composition on an NMC concert, Sarah Dutcher will present an unaccompanied work for four voices.

    NMC is also excited to announce that composers Brent Fariss, Keith Manlove, Andrew Stoltz, and Travis Weller have been awarded grants from “New Music USA” (formerly "Meet the Composer") and will be conducting various outreach activities leading up to the concert on July 21. On July 19, the composers will open one of their rehearsals to the public. The rehearsal will be held in Smoot Hall at Central Presbyterian Church (200 E. 8th St.) at 6:30 pm. This will offer a preview of four works being performed at the concert, as well as a glimpse of the preparation process that NMC composers go through to ready their pieces for performance. Admission is free. On July 15 at 8:30 pm, 91.7 KOOP's weekly experimental music show, "Commercial Suicide," will host all four composers, playing recorded excerpts and discussing the concert and their four pieces. One hour before the July 21 concert, the composers will each give a talk about their pieces. They will discuss creative approach, notation, instrumentation, and compositional process.

    About Convergence

    Convergence is an eclectic and dynamic vocal ensemble that brings professional singers together from across the nation to prepare and present chamber concerts in an inventive and refreshing way. Members also sing with other esteemed professional ensembles around the country, including the Grammy-nominated Conspirare Company of Voices, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Vox Humana of Nashville, and the Texas Early Music Project. The four artists for this upcoming performance reside in Austin.

    This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

    Funded in part through New Music USA's MetLife Creative Connections program.

    Mexican American Cultural Center

    600 River Street
    Austin, TX 78701

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    • Advance tickets available now for $12 at End of an Ear (2209 S. 1st St)
    • $17 at the door
    • Student tickets discounted to $12

    General Day and Time Info:

    7:00 - Pre-concert talk by four composers

    8:00 - Concert

    Phone: 512 576 7661

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