The Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble announces its 2015-16 Season, which will include a concert retrospective of all three of ALIAS’ recordings. The group does so on the heels of hiring a new Executive Director, Heather Lefkowitz. In addition, Georgeann Burns steps in to her role as Board President, replacing long-time chair Stacy Widelitz. “Georgeann has been an asset to the ALIAS organization since she joined the board,” Widelitz explains; “as vice-president, she has been of tremendous help to us with her wise counsel and clear-eyed vision of the future of the organization.” He added, “Heather is the perfect person to be our next Executive Director – this new team is poised to take ALIAS to the next level, and that’s exciting news for Nashville.”
The ensemble’s third CD – works by Pulitzer-winning composer Paul Moravec – will be released in January of 2016. ALIAS’ Winter Concert will feature selections from this disc as well as from Kenji Bunch and Gabriela Lena Frank, the composers of ALIAS’ two previous recordings. “This seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate the release of our third CD, and to highlight ALIAS’ recording history,” explains Artistic Director and violinist Zeneba Bowers; “We love all three of these composers, and we’re really proud of our recordings of their music.”
The group will also present the repertoire from the concert event that was cancelled last season due to ice storms, including a World Premiere by John Marvin. This season’s repertoire also include pieces by modern composers Eric Ewazen, Andy Akiho, and Karim Al Zand, as well as old masters like Hindemith, Britten, Jolivet, and the 17th-century Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli. “ALIAS has a reputation for collaborating with composers,” explains Matt Walker, ALIAS cellist and a composer himself. He added, “Seven of this season’s composers are living, which of course makes the collaboration much easier.”
In addition to its artistic collaborations, ALIAS also has a tradition of partnerships with Nashville’s nonprofit community. The ensemble partners with a different nonprofit service organization for each of its three concerts. Each of these groups will have an opportunity to talk briefly to ALIAS’ audience, and each will receive 100% of the concert proceeds from the respective concert. This season, those nonprofit partners are: Safe Haven Family Shelter, Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, and the Nashville Freedom School Partnership.
All of ALIAS’ series concerts are in Turner Hall at the Blair School of Music, where ALIAS is a resident ensemble. In addition, this season ALIAS will be increasing the number and scope of its Education Community Programs (ECP), in which musicians present programs to school children and adults in community settings that don’t normally have the chance to hear live classical music. Previous seasons’ ECP events were held at the Park Center, Dismas House, and Tennessee School for the Blind, to name a few, as well as many Metro schools.
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