2016/2017 Season

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On May 9, 2017, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble delves into a world of musical contrasts brought together in unexpectedly harmonious ways. At first blush, a baroque oratorio and a psychedelic rock composition may not seem to have much in common, but as we explore Telemanns Cantata 69 and Trey Anastasio’s Divided Sky, we find that they are connected by virtuosic musicianship and masterful improvisation.  Inspired by the fiddles, guitars, mandolins, and banjos of old time string bands, Mason Bates created String Band, a work that begins with a theme which hearkens back to its inspiration, disintegrates into a fractured pitch world, and then comes together as a unified band of resonating strings. In her piece Shiner, written about finding beauty in unexpected places, Sarah Kirkland Snider composes for an unlikely cast of characters: trombone, harp, viola, and marimba. Snider’s exploration of unusual sonorities continues in Thread and Fray (composed for viola, bass clarinet, and marimba) where the composer weaves a single, middle-register melody through an increasingly fragmented musical landscape. These disparate pieces, presented together in concert, allow audiences to experience the beauty of finding accord in surprising places.

G.P. Telemann – Cantata Erquickendes Wunder der ewigen Gnade – First Sunday of Christmas (TVWV 1:469) (1725t26)

Mason Bates – “String Band” (2002)

Sarah Kirkland Snider – “Thread and Fray” (2006)

Sarah Kirkland Snider – “Shiner” (2006)

Trey Anastasio – “Divided Sky” (1987)


“Sixes and Sevens”

October 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Turner Hall at Blair School of Music

Featuring works by Heggie, Schoenfeld, Ibert, and Walker

 “Tempest Fantasy”

October 16, 2016 at Southern Festival of Books

Featuring music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec

 “Something Wicked”

October 20-22, 2016 with the Nashville Ballet

Featuring works by Kenji Bunch

 “Reclaiming Peace: Honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day”

January 24, 2017 at OZ Arts Nashville

Featuring works by Messiaen and DuBois