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Contemporary Music Ensemble

Contemporary Music Ensemble

When: Friday, May 21, 2021
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Central

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Concert Management Office   847.467.4000

Group: Bienen School of Music Concerts and Events

Category: Fine Arts


This performance will be presented as a live stream. Visit after 7:20 p.m. CDT to view the performance.

Ben Bolter, conductor/director

Jessie Cox, Quantify
Ruud Roelofsen, Memento Mori (world premiere)
Alex Temple, The Man Who Hated Everything

For its final concert of the season, the Contemporary Music Ensemble comes together in-person for the first time in over a year. The ensemble reprises Jessie Cox's Quantify, performed via remote live stream in March, and gives the world premiere of Bienen PhD composition student Ruud Roelofsen's Memento Mori. The program closes with Bienen alumna Alex Temple's The Man Who Hated Everything, a rollicking, genre-bending tribute to—and critique of—Frank Zappa that music critic George Wallace dubbed "a total blazing hoot." Joining the ensemble for Temple's work are singers from the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble (BCE) and Ensemble Dal Niente guitarist Jesse Langen.

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