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Guest Artist HUB New Music Performance

7:30 pm
Kimball Recital Hall
Additional Info: KRH
Brian Reetz, (402) 472-6865,
Hub New Music is “one of the most talked about younger contemporary classical ensembles” (Oregon ArtsWatch). With its unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, the ensemble of “intrepids” (WQXR, New York) has been praised for performances of adventurous repertoire that are “gobsmacking and perfectly played” (Cleveland Classical), with the Boston Globe encouraging audiences, “next time the group offers a concert, go, listen, and be changed.”

Highlights for the 2019-20 season include a performance of a new work by Hannah Lash presented by Seattle Symphony in its new chamber music venue Octave9; concerts with Taos Chamber Music Group (New Mexico), Ashmont Hill Chamber Music (Boston), and Newfields (Indianapolis); residencies at the universities of Michigan and Hawaii; and season-long creative partnerships with the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA) and Celebrity Series of Boston. HNM will also premiere works by Takuma Itoh, Michael Ippolito, and an evening-length song-cycle by Oracle Hysterical. Also on the horizon is the release of the group’s debut recording Soul House, and a new recording with shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki (Silk Road Ensemble).

Fueled by the spirit of collaboration, HNM has brought several large-scale projects into fruition. These include Matsuri with shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki and the Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI), which the ensemble recently presented on a tour of Japan sponsored by the US Embassy; a 30-minute collaborative work with composer/harpist Hannah Lash; a song-cycle with composer/performer collective Oracle Hysterical entitled Frontier Journals; and a choreographed production of its Soul House program presented with Urbanity Dance and the Peabody Essex Museum. For its visionary programming as both a quartet and as collaborative artists, HNM was named one of WQXR’s “10 Cutting-Edge Artists That Have Captured the Imagination” in 2016, and has been featured in the Boston Globe on multiple occasions.

Hub New Music is a group of passionate educators whose approach to teaching melds the artistic and entrepreneurial facets of modern musicianship. Working with student performers and composers at residencies across the country, Hub empowers younger generations of musicians through workshops on building an arts organization, commissioning new work, and developing meaningful collaborations. Residency activities have brought (or will soon bring) Hub New Music to the New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, University of Texas Austin, UC Irvine, Stetson University, Bowling Green State University, Boston Conservatory, University of Hawaii East-West Center, and others. In 2019-20 the ensemble introduces its latest educational program HubLab, a K-12 residency program that uses graphic scores and improvisation to create group compositions.

Hub New Music owes thanks to its supporters, including Chamber Music America, the Cricket Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, the Florence & Joseph Mandel Family Foundation, Johnstone Fund for New Music, Amphion Foundation, and Alice M. Ditson Fund for Contemporary Music at Columbia University.

The ensemble’s name is inspired by its founding city of Boston’s reputation as a hub and center of innovation. Hub New Music is exclusively represented by Unfinished Side.

4pm-6pm — Student workshop: The 21st Century Musician - open to the public (Westbrook Music Building 104)

Free and open to the public.



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