Modern Music Ensemble

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 4:00pm
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  • Modern Music Ensemble (Photo: Steve Korn).

The University of Washington Modern Music Ensemble (Cristina Valdés, director) performs works by Mauricio Kagel, Helena Tulve, Chaya Czernowin, and Gérard Grisey in this video premiere recorded live at the UW's Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater on March 6, 2020. 

Note: This performance is a pre-recorded video premiere that may be viewed only during the live broadcast, starting at 4 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 11, 2020. 

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Program Detail

Mauricio Kagel - Transición ii

Helena Tulve - stream 2a

Chaya Czernowin - Towed through plumes, thicket, asphalt, sawdust, and hazardous air I shall not forget the sound of

Gérard Grisey - Talea

UW Modern Music Ensemble
Cristina Valdés, director

Elise Kim, flutes
Eliza Rodriguez, flutes 
Caitlin Beare, clarinets
Emily Acri, violin
Alessandra Barrett, viola
Kevin Leiferman, cello
Peter Tracy, cello
Tristan Greeno, piano
Jonathan Rodriguez, percussion
Aaron Butler, percussion
Daren Weissfisch, conductor

Director Bio

Cristina Valdés, piano

Considered one of today’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music, Cristina Valdés is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis.  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 Musica 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.  She has also been a featured performer on both the Seattle Symphony’s Chamber Series and [UNTITLED] concerts.

 Cristina has appeared as concerto soloist with the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Seattle Philharmonic, Philharmonia Northwest, the Eastman BroadBand, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.  Most recently, she performed the piano solo part of the Ives 4th Symphony with the Seattle Symphony.

 Cristina Valdés joined the faculty of the UW School of Music in Fall 2014 as an artist in residence in the keyboard program.