A message from Zeneba Bowers, founder & Artistic Director, as ALIAS celebrates 10 years…
When a handful of Nashville musicians began talking about creating a regular chamber ensemble series, no one could possibly have predicted the path the organization would take in a short 10-year period.
Our most ambitious goals – recording on a major label and commissioning a work by a major American composer – were achieved by the end of the ninth season, and will be repeated by the end of the 2011-2012 season.
The initial concept of ALIAS was simple: Audiences would respond favorably to excellent musicians playing music they cared about, performing on stage the way they wanted to perform. Since the musicians contribute their own tastes and knowledge to the mix, every program is wildly different, with music covering styles from pre-baroque to modern jazz.
ALIAS quickly gained a reputation for presenting concerts that had something for everyone. People come for the Brahms or Debussy, but leave having enjoyed the music of George Crumb or Edgar Meyer. And vice versa. ALIAS also became known for its partnerships with local educational institutions, with arts groups, and perhaps most importantly, with some of Nashville’s most worthy charitable service organizations.
All of the proceeds from ALIAS’ series concerts go directly to these various nonprofit partners connected to each concert. This is something that has always been important to the musicians of ALIAS, who donate countless hours of practice and rehearsal to prepare for the concerts. They do this for the sake of raising funds and raising the visibility of Nashville’s charities. And they do this because of their dedication to sharing music with the community, and to performing at the highest possible degree of artistry.
As the Artistic Director of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, I have been exceedingly proud of what these musicians and this organization has accomplished. As a sometimes-administrator, I am unendingly grateful to the many supporters of the ensemble over all these years, especially our tireless volunteer Board of Directors. As a musician in the ensemble, I am gratified to share the stage with such an incredible array of talented and generous artists that I have the privilege of calling colleagues.
As ALIAS Chamber Ensemble enters this benchmark 10th Season, I foresee great things for the next 10 years. Thanks to all those who have been with us thus far – let’s see who we can bring along with us for the next decade!