CCM’s Café MoMus: Contemporary Music Ensemble presents the music of celebrated composer Nico Muhly at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Featuring guest artists Tatiana Berman, violin, and Grant Knox, tenor, the performance is presented in conjunction with the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts. Admission to the concert is free.
Led by music director and conductor Aik Khai Pung, the concert’s program features a variety of Muhly’s works for a wide range of instruments, including Honest Music for violin and tape (2003), Three Songs for tenor and violin (2012), Step Team for strings and winds (2007), and more. Also on the program will be Anton Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments, an intricate composition employing the twelve-tone technique.
About Nico Muhly
Nico Muhly has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, countertenor Iestyn Davies, violinist Hilary Hahn, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera and designer/illustrator Maira Kalman.
Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at Bedroom Community, an artist-run label headed by Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson. Bedroom Community was inaugurated in 2007 with the release of Muhly’s first album, Speaks Volumes. In spring 2012, Bedroom Community released Muhly’s three-part Drones & Music, in collaboration with pianist Bruce Brubaker, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and violist Nadia Sirota. Muhly has also lent his skills as performer, arranger and conductor to Antony and the Johnsons, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Doveman, Grizzly Bear, Jónsi of the band Sigur Rós and Usher. Muhly’s film credits include scores for Joshua (2007), Margaret (2009) and Best Picture nominee The Reader (2008).
Born in Vermont in 1981 and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Muhly graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature. In 2004, he received a Master’s in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. His writings and full schedule can be found at www.nicomuhly.com.
About the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts
The Constella Festival was created to showcase the depth and breadth of musical and artistic life in Cincinnati. The festival presents unique collaborations between international artists of the highest caliber in partnership with local performing arts organizations, enabling a position of shared intent and strengthening the future of the arts in Cincinnati. This season, the festival presents 37 events in 38 days, including concerts by Lew Soloff, Anne Akiko Meyers and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. More information about the Constella Festival can be found at www.constellafestival.org.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
Patricia Corbett Theater, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati
Admission to Café MoMus’ Oct. 10 concert is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation