Season 8: 2021-2022

October 28, 2021: Visiting Artist I: Transient Canvas

7:30 pm, Loyola University, Roussel Hall

Tickets: Suggested Donation $20 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors


Join us for our first visiting artist event of Season 8 on October 28th! We are pleased to welcome Boston-based duo Boston-based contemporary duo Transient Canvas. Since 2011, their innovative performances have been praised as “superb” by the Boston Globe and “disarming” by Cleveland Classical, with the San Francisco Chronicle lauding “the versatile imagination they both display and inspire in others.” Bass clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimbist Matt Sharrock relish the creative potential of working with living composers, having amassed a varied repertoire of over 80 commissioned works in addition to working with hundreds of student composers from all over the world. 

November 7, 2021: Versipel Collective I: In Sound

7:00 pm, Marigny Opera House

Tickets: Suggested Donation $25 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors


“In Sound” is a program designed to immerse the audience in sound, providing an alternative concert experience while maintaining proper social distancing for our audience and performers. Unlike a traditional concert experience where the audience sits side-by-side in long rows watching the performers perform close together onstage, this concert will take a different approach. We have chosen works that call for “spatialized” performance by spacing the performers on the edges of the space, surrounding the audience. To fully experience this type of immersive sonic experience, the audience will be free to move around in the space, approaching different groups of instruments, and physically exploring the differences in sound due to the architecture and acoustics of the building. We will provide groups of chairs (in social distanced rings if necessary) for those who would like to sit. The performance will incorporate works for large spatially-dispersed chamber ensemble by composers James Tenney and Matthew Burtner. To give the audience a truly sonically transcendent experience, we will also include multi-channel electroacoustic works played through an 8-channel speaker array surrounding the audience by composers Hildegarde Westerkamp and Natasha Barrett. The works by Burtner, Barrett and Westerkamp highlight an environmental message, by immersing the listener in environments and soundscapes that we are rapidly losing due to climate change.  Matthew Burtner’s “Threnody (Sikuigvik)” will blend the “ecoacoustic” sounds of melting glaciers with the instrumental sounds of the Versipel Collective. The title, “Sikuigvik,” is an Inupiaq word meaning “the time of ice melting” commemorating the loss of glacial ice since the late 1990s. Together, all of these pieces will provide an experience in which the audience is truly immersed “in sound.”

Spring 2022: Versipel Collective II: Sounds as Written

7:30 pm, Location TBA

Tickets: Suggested Donation $20 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors


Rescheduled from 2020, this concert will feature a tantalizing assortment of new works from our 2019-2020 Call for Scores!

March 13, 2022: Visiting Artist II: Unheard-of//ensemble

7:30 pm, Hotel Peter and Paul

Tickets: Suggested Donation $20 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors

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Ford Fourqurean (clarinet), Matheus Souza (violin), Issei Herr (cello), and Daniel Anastasio (piano) form the core of Unheard-of//Ensemble, a contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to connecting communities across the United States through the development and performance of new music. Unheard-of is committed to the idea that new music belongs in every community, and implements this mission by performing in locations out of the reach of many new music organizations.

April, 2022: andPlay

This event is currently being rescheduled for April, 2022! Let’s keep our fingers crossed! 

Tickets: Suggested Donation $20 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors


May 15, 2022: Versipel Collective: Coming Together

Marigny Opera House, 7:30 PM

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Supported by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, this show will feature Frederic Rzewski’s classic “Coming Together” and other works that highlight social justice issues.