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Ensemble-in-Residence in Recital – Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble

As a part of its West Coast tour, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble will present an evening of 20th-century and contemporary chamber music.  Program to include works by Galina Ustvolskaya, Vera Ivanova, Beat Furrer, Edison Denisov, Franco Donatoni, Toru Takemitsu and Alexei Sioumakmusic.

About Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble:
The Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) was founded in 1990 by the Russian composer Yuri Kasparov, under the patronage of the famous Russian composer Edison Denisov. The focus of the ensemble’s activity is in promoting Russian 20th- and 21st-century music around the world, as well as contemporary Western music in Russia. The MCME is the Russia’s leading contemporary ensemble, consisting of the best Russian musicians specializing in performance of modern music.

The MCME’s repertoire is extensive; since the ensemble was founded, it gave c.700 world and Russian premieres. The Russian avant-guard of the 1920s-1930s holds a special place in the ensemble’s repertoire: the first performances of the music by Nicolai Roslavets and Alexander Mosolov in Russia are linked directly to the name of the ensemble. The MCME programmed and performed both well-known works by these two composers and those that were never performed before. The MCME regularly represents the music of so-called “shestidesyatniki:” the generation of composers from the 1960s (Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina), and the music of generations that followed those three Russian composers.

The goal of the ensemble is in authentic performance of the music by contemporary composers. With this goal in mind, the MCME performed for the first time in Russia the music of such composers as Edgar Varese, Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Gyorgy Kurtag, Michele Jarrell, etc. The ensemble attracts a broad audience to their regular concert series, featuring the newest music from France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Spain, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, USA, Canada, Japan and other countries. A very important place in the ensemble’s repertoire holds the music of young composers.  Learn more...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:00 PM PT
Salmon Recital Hall, Bertea Hall 100
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