2017 New Music Festival


Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Spaulding Auditorium
Free, no tickets required

The concert features two ensembles expert in interpreting new and innovative work: Paris’ luminous Ensemble Itinéraire and New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). They will perform new musical works by three Dartmouth student composers, Orestis D. Lykouropoulos '17, Stefan Maier A'17,  Daniel Miller A'17, as well as Dartmouth music professor, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Guggenheim Fellow Ashley Fure; and a new work by young American composer Christopher Trapani, who’s won international honors for music that weaves together diverse elements of American roots music and other elements into music that is “startlingly original and often breathtaking in its brilliance and audacity,” according to the Chicago Classical Review.

The concert will be presented in a custom-designed and curated staging with the audience positioned on the stage alongside the musicians, while the space of the auditorium seating will be filled with an experimental speaker array. The architectural space of the building will form an essential element of several works on the program, as speakers and live digital-audio processing are used to highlight acoustic artifacts inherent in spatial distance, dispersion, and resonance.

The concert program will include a performance of Something to Hunt (2014) by Fure; Trapani’s PolychROME, co-commissioned by l'Itinéraire and Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik; plus two iconic masterpieces of Spectral Music, Périodes (1974) by Gérard Grisey; and De l'épaisseur (1998) by Philippe Leroux.

In addition, three world premieres by Dartmouth students will be featured. Two by Dartmouth Digital Musics masters students—Stefan Maier’s territoires IV and Daniel Miller’s Vela Sierra—featuring Ensemble Itinéraire and speculative explorations of sound, space, material and analog sound synthesis in the form of a “Eurorack” modular; and a new trio by music and computer science double major Orestis Lykouropoulos ’17, part of his senior honors thesis in music composition.

A light reception following the performance will give audience members the opportunity to discuss their listening experiences and to interact with members of the ensemble.