Modern Music Ensemble

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 7:30pm
$10 all tickets
Modern Ensemble

The University of Washington Modern Music Ensemble, Cristina Valdés, director, performs works by living composers, including music by Ashley Fure, Sofia Gubaidulina, Beat Furrer, and School of Music faculty composer Richard Karpen, who collaborated with the student musicians to create a new work for violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, piano, and percussion.

PROGRAM

Something to Hunt (2014) .......................................................................... Ashley Fure (b. 1982)

Logan Esterling, oboe

Caitlin Beare, clarinet

Brain Schappals, alto & soprano saxophone

Emily Acri, violin

Alessandra Barrett, viola

Chris Young, cello

Abbey Blackwell, double bass

Gabriela Garza Canales, conductor

 

So sei es (2013) ............................................................................... Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931)

Emily Acri, violin

Abbey Blackwell, double bass

Aidan Gold, percussion

Hexin Qiao, piano

 

I N T E RMI S S I ON

 

Aer (1991) ................................................................................................... Beat Furrer (b. 1954)

Caitlin Beare, clarinet

Chris Young, cello

Hexin Qiao, piano

 

Next Level (2018) .............................................Modern Ensemble and Richard Karpen (b. 1957)

Caitlin Beare, clarinet

Emily Acri, violin

Alessandra Barrett, viola

Chris Young, cello

Abbey Blackwell, double bass

Edward Cunneen, percussion

Hexin Qiao, piano


Director Bio:

Cristina Valdés, piano

Pianist Cristina Valdés presents innovative concerts of standard and experimental repertoire, and is known to “play a mean piano.” A fierce advocate for new music, she has premiered countless works, including many written for her. She has performed across four continents and in venues such as Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Ms. Valdés has appeared both as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals worldwide including New Music in Miami, the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City, Brisbane Arts Festival, the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador, Havana Contemporary Music Festival, and the Singapore Arts Festival. 

An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Valdés has toured extensively with the Bang On a Can “All Stars”, and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Mabou Mines Theater Company, the Parsons Dance Company, and Antares. Her performances on both the Seattle Symphony’s Chamber Series and [UNTITLED] concerts have garnered critical acclaim, including her “knockout” (Seattle Times) performance of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and her “arrestingly eloquent performance” of Dutilleux’s Trois Preludes (Bernard Jacobson/MusicWeb International).

Ms. Valdés has appeared as concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, NOCCO, Philharmonia Northwest, the Eastman BroadBand, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. In 2015 she performed the piano solo part of the Ives 4th Symphony with the Seattle Symphony under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, which was later released on CD to critical acclaim and made Gramophone’s list of Top 10 Ives Recordings. Other recent recordings include Orlando Garcia’s “From Darkness to Luminosity” with the Málaga Philharmonic on the Toccata Classics label, and the world premiere recording of Kotoka Suzuki’s “Shimmer, Tree | In Memoriam Jonathan Harvey”. She can also be heard on the Albany, Newport Classics, Urtext, and Ideologic Organ labels.

In recent seasons she gave performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the world-premiere performance of Carlos Sanchez-Guttierez’s “Short Stories” for piano and string orchestra with the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and the U.S. Premiere of “Under Construction” for solo piano and tape playback by Heiner Goebbels at Benaroya Hall. Last season she was the featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony on two of their “[untitled]” new music series concerts.

Ms. Valdés received a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. She currently lives in Seattle where she founded the SLAM Festival, a new music festival dedicated to the music of Latin-American composers, and performs regularly as a member of the Seattle Modern Orchestra. She is an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington, and is the Director of the UW Modern Music Ensemble.