Grab a drink from the bar and experience the drama of an episode from James Joyce's masterwork Ulysses in Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival's opening night. While sipping on your own drink, you will be engrossed in a musical reimagining of a barroom scene in the intimate setting of Symphony Space. Victoria Bond's Cyclops is a multimedia experience appealing to music lovers and Joyce fans alike featuring live acting, visual projections, and music performed by the Pulse Chamber Ensemble and Manhattan Choral Ensemble. Also on the evening's program, are two world premieres performed by Pulse: Pulsearrythmis by Charles Mason (recipient of the Prix de Rome) and Semi-Suite by Thomas Sleeper.
Charles Mason (Prix de Rome winner) - Pulsearrythmic (US Premiere)
Thomas Sleeper - Semi-Suite (US Premiere)
Jesse Jones (Prix de Rome winner) - Unisono
Chris Reza - Harmonious Cacophony
Victoria Bond - Cyclops (US Premiere)
Pulse is a virtuoso trio known for their imaginative and exciting programs. Hailed as giving "one of the most entertaining concerts of the season," their performances explore works utilizing clarinet, violin, viola, piano, recorders, baroque violin, and harpsichord. Its members are pianist Marina Radiushina, clarinetist Donaghue Flavin, and violinist Scott Flavin.
Manhattan Choral Ensemble is one of the premier choirs in New York City, performing an historically varied repertoire for mixed a cappella choir and choir with orchestra, including works commissioned by and given their world premieres by the MCE. MCE is directed by Thomas Cunningham.
About Cutting Edge Concerts:
Composer Victoria Bond launched Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival to bring together composers, performers and New York audiences in an intimate and inviting setting. Since its first season in 1998, it has blossomed into a multi-concert festival, attracting audiences from the tri-state area and performers from around the country. Since its inception, over 30 world premieres and dozens of New York premieres have been performed at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival.
A significant feature of the festival is that all composers will be in attendance and speak briefly about their music on stage with CEC artistic director Victoria Bond. According to Bond, "having the composers at the concert presents a unique opportunity to share their inspiration and creative process as a prelude to the performance of their music."