Rachel Grimes at Green Building and Big Ears

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This week you’ll have two opportunities to hear Rachel Grimes play. The first is on Thursday at the Green Building (Doors open at 7pm. Limited tickets available at Guestroom Records), where she’ll play with saxophonist Jacob Duncan and cellist Helen Money, and share the bill with another Louisvillian Cheyenne Mize, and with vocalist Susanna.

For the second concert, you have to drive to Knoxville, Tennessee for the 2014 Big Ears Festival. There she’ll reprise her performance with Duncan and Money, and be part of a lineup that includes Steve Reich, So Percussion, Jonny Greenwood (composer of scores to There Will Be Blood) and more.

(Photo above by William van der Voort from her De NWE Vorst concert)

2014 Grawemeyer Winner in Music Composition

Since 1985, the University of Louisville has awarded one of the largest monetary prizes in music composition, thanks to an endowment from H. Charles Grawemeyer. Previous winners include Witold Lutoslawski, Gyorgy Ligeti, John Adams and Pierre Boulez. The winner of the 2014 award goes to Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic, for his chamber orchestra work “On the Guarding of the Heart,” inspired by an ancient Christian text. It was premiered by Klangforum Wien in 2011.

Brett Dean with Elysian Trombone Quartet

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Thursday’s concert at the University of Louisville School of Music will feature the Elysian Trombone Consort and Faculty Chamber Music. Brett Dean will perform his solo viola work Intimate Decisions and The Elysian Trombone Consort will perform Dean’s Night Journey. Krzysztof Wolek gives us a preview, along with some clips of Intimate Decisions.

Lots of New Music

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There is a whole lot of new music happening this week and next. Brace yourself:

Let’s start with this Sunday, November 10th. Classical Revolution Louisville continues its series at The Bard’s Town with “Home Grown.” From their Facebook page: “Come on out to the Bard’s Town for some electric strings featuring our opening ensemble Electric String Fusion. Followed by chamber music by American composers including Copeland [sic], Gershwin, Williams, as well as modern composers and local composer Frank Richmond. There are also slots in the program for “performers choice” sight reading or prepared music brought in by musicians.” Sunday starting at 7pm.

Next week, University of Louisville presents the New Music Festival. This annual event packs five days with as many ensembles and composers possible, from electronic to large ensemble. Brett Dean is this year’s guest composer and the most recent Grawemeyer winner. He’s not just showing up to lecture, he’ll perform some of his viola works, too. The complete schedule is here and a summary below. All events are free.
11/13: Electronic and Improvised Music at Bird Recital Hall. Dean will perform an improvisation for viola and two computers with Vega and Krzysztof Wolek, New Music Festival director
11/14: Elysian Trombone Consort and Faculty Chamber Music. Dean will perform his piece, “Intimate Decisions,” for solo viola and The Elysian Trombone Consort will perform Dean’s “Night Journey.”
11/15: The University Wind Ensemble will premiere Dean’s “Engelsflügel.”
11/16: The Grawemeyer Players will perform Dean’s “Winter Songs” and Dean will perform his “Viola Concerto” with the University Symphony Orchestra.
11/17: Percussion Ensemble and Choirs will perform and Dean will play his piece “Skizzen fur Siegbert” for solo viola.

And on November 17th at 3pm, Indiana University Southeast presents acclaimed ensemble Third Coast Percussion. Fresh from the release of their premiere audio and video recording of Augusta Read Thomas’ Resounding Earth, they’ll present a free concert of Reich, Cage, Owen Clayton Condon and Resounding Earth in its entirety.

Featured Album: Beck String Quartets

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Louisville composer Jeremy Beck‘s fifth CD release, “String Quartets,” is our Featured Album. His music has been described as “unabashedly tonal, rhythmically intricate” and “warmly melodic and colorful with unexpected harmonic twists.” Performing his 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th quartets are the San Gabriel (Los Angeles), Nevsky (St. Petersburg) and Da Kappo (Louisville) String Quartets.