New music group Ensemble: Périphérie plans Coe performance

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2011-04-07 13:30:30 - General

The newly established Ensemble: Périphérie will present a concert in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall at Coe College on Friday, April 22, beginning at 7 p.m. The concert, part of the group’s 2011 spring inaugural tour, is free and open to the public.

The mission of Ensemble: Périphérie (EP) is to promote contemporary music by presenting stimulating and inspiring concerts of new chamber works, by commissioning new works from both emerging and established composers, and by inviting audiences to join in recognizing great art of our time. The core instrumentation of the group is flute, clarinet, horn, piano, percussion, violin, violoncello, and soprano.

Established in 2010 by composers Joseph Dangerfield and Luke Dahn, EP consists of a core group of performing artists in the Midwestern region. One of the primary goals of EP is to bring greater exposure to composers and works that are underperformed and neglected - that is, music that lies on the periphery. Members of the advisory board are David Gompper, Robert Platz and Glenn Watkins.

After reviewing more than 130 submissions received from the group’s call for scores, the decision was made to feature works by David Smooke, Philippe Bodin, Mike Barnett, Mark Zuckerman and Libby Larsen during the inaugural concert series.

“We were very encouraged by the number and quality of submissions, and we look forward to featuring works by other composers in the future,” said Dangerfield, who serves as conductor of the ensemble.

Other composers to be featured on the series are Robert HP Platz (Germany), Irina Dubkova (Russia), Klaus Hübler (Germany), and Dangerfield (USA). The piece by Hübler is a world-premiere, written especially for the EP concerts.

As other stops on the spring tour, Ensemble: Périphérie will perform as guests of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa in the UCC Recital Hall on April 24 at 7:30 p.m., and at the University of Minnesota – Morris on April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Coe Music Department at 399-8521.