Season 5: 2018-2019
September 11, 2018: Viva NOLA: Composition in New Orleans at 300
Versipel New Music kicks off its fifth season with an evening commemorating New Orleans’ Tricentennial! From the burgeoning opera and symphony orchestra scene of the city’s earliest days to the eclectic and peripatetic scene of today, New Orleans has always been a welcoming home to classical music. Over the years, New Orleans has grown as a hub for contemporary classical music with many vibrant composers living and composing in the city. Such artists as Ben Stonaker, Maxwell Dulaney, Courtney Bryan, Jeff Albert, Anna Walton and Tucker Fuller have contributed their music to the rich musical tapestry of the city. As a free-spirited city with its unique convergence of cultures and eclectic traditions in music and in art, New Orleans wields a strong influence on its artists and composers. Whether they are native New Orleanians or transplants, the city undeniably leaves its imprint on the minds and music of its composers. By featuring music of today with works by “legacy composers” from turn-of-the-century New Orleans such as Clara Gottchalk Peterson and Edmond Dede, we want our audience to explore the idea of what present-day classical music is in our unique city and to think about the three hundred year journey from whence it came.
October 13, 2018: Visiting Artist: Craig Hultgren, cello and electronics
Versipel New Music welcomes visiting cellist Craig Hultgren performing a program of works for solo cello and electronics.
December 2, 2018: Versipel Collective: From Lands of Ice and Snow
Ahhhh, winter in New Orleans. Don’t you just wish it would snow? (Nope). Come and enjoy a concert featuring works that will invoke the imagery and feelings of winter without actually having to walk or drive in it alongside several new modern arrangements of medieval chants and carols in honor of the holiday season.
February, 2019: Versipel + Electronics
Versipel New Music continues its fourth season with an evening of stunning contemporary chamber music augmented with electronics from the United States and beyond.
March 14, 2019: Visiting Artist: Byrne:Kozar:Duo
April 4, 2019: Visiting Artist: Nouveau Classical Project
The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a New York-based contemporary classical music ensemble that is “bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre” (VICE). It began by collaborating with fashion designers for its concerts and has expanded to creating multidisciplinary performances. Its mission is to engage new audiences and show that classical music is a living, breathing art form.
May, 2019: Versipel Collective: Storytime with the Versipel Collective
Versipel New Music concludes its fifth season with an evening of narrative and evocative works that tell stories through sound alone or with narration.