Lungs of the City: Olmsted’s Parks in Music
A concert series of new chamber music celebrating public parks and commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. In a cross-regional collaboration amongst a consortium of ensembles and presenters, concerts will take place in several cities across the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest U.S. throughout 2022.
See the announcement for more information.
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The composers of Landscape Music commemorated Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with activities taking place throughout the year 2020 and up to Earth Day 2021. This initiative was a catalyst for new works, digital performances, public conversations, and music video showcasing new music that reflects environmental themes at the forefront of our global consciousness.
See the announcement for a list of all featured projects.
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Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails
A nationwide series of concerts in Fall 2018 that commemorated the 50th Anniversaries of the National Trails System and Wild and Scenic Rivers Acts. 12 new works of chamber music were given co-World Premieres on concerts engaging 35 musicians in five different regions across the U.S. For more information, visit:
- Project Page with detailed description, listing of all events, featured composers and World Premieres.
- Concert Videos of program performed by Citywater on the Visions of the Wild Festival.
- Project Report with an evaluation of this initiative and its impact, including audience survey results.
Citywater at Visions of the Wild Festival — Sunday, September 23 at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo, CA. Directed by Nell Shaw Cohen with works by Caplan, Chase, Cohen, Cosgrove, Meyer, Panitch, Rusnak, and Suleiman. Presented in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, with support from the National Park Service.
Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble — Saturday, September 29 at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. Directed by Stephen Wood with works by Caplan, Lawrence, Meyer, Rusnak, and Wood. Presented in partnership with Sierra Club – Georgia Chapter and Sierra Club Military Outdoors.
Michigan Technological University — Thursday, October 4 at Michigan Technology University in Houghton, MI. Directed by Libby Meyer with works by Caplan, Cohen, Cosgrove, Lawrence, Panitch, Ralls, Rusnak, and Wood.
Cascadia Composers — Sunday, October 7 at The Old Church in Portland, OR. Directed by Christina Rusnak and Brent Lawrence, with works by Chase, Cohen, Lawrence, Meyer, Rusnak, Wood, and guest Linda Woody.
Juventas New Music Ensemble — Saturday, November 3 at First Church Boston. Directed by Oliver Caplan with works by Caplan, Chase, Cohen, Meyer, Panitch, and winners of Juventas’s Call for Scores: Heather Gilligan, Michael Ippolito, and Ari Sussman.
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Music of the Landscape: Compositions Inspired by our National Parks and other Special Places — Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Michigan Technology University in Houghton, MI. A concert directed by Libby Meyer, featuring works by Meyer, Nell Shaw Cohen, Stephen Lias, Christina Rusnak, and Stephen Wood.
- Blog Post with program notes and photos highlighting works on this program.
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Cadillac Moon Ensemble at the Parrish Art Museum — Friday, September 9, 2016 at Parrish Art Museum in The Hamptons. A concert directed by Nell Shaw Cohen, featuring World Premieres by Cohen and Justin Ralls with works by Stephen Lias, Alex Shapiro, and Stephen Wood. Performed by Cadillac Moon Ensemble.
- Press Release
- Concert Videos
- Interview Video with Composers
- Stories of Wildlife Conservation in “Refuge” by Nell Shaw Cohen (Essay)
- Exploring “Of Wolves and Rivers” by Justin Ralls (Essay)
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New Music of Our National Parks — Friday, April 15, 2016 at Advent Library Concert Series in Boston, MA. A concert directed by Rachel Panitch, featuring the music of Panitch, Linda Chase, and Nell Shaw Cohen. Performed by Cardamom Quartet and Thread Ensemble with Burcu Gulec, voice, Alicia Mielke, flute, and Devin Ulibarri, guitar.
- Press Release
- Concert Preview: New Music of Our National Parks (Essay with Audio Clips)