This Fall, ALIAS embarks on its busiest season yet – and that’s saying something for an ensemble that has released three CDs (including a Grammy-nominated album) and has premiered dozens of new works in its previous 14 seasons.
In October, ALIAS will present its Fall Concert as part of its usual Blair School of Music series, exploring its trademark range of music from the 1700s to modern day. Three days later, musicians of ALIAS will perform at the Southern Festival of Books, playing portions of Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer-winning “Tempest Fantasy”, which the ensemble recorded last year.
And that’s just October!
In January, the group moves to the cutting-edge venue OZ Arts Nashville, where they will present a concert in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program will include Messiaen’s famous “Quartet for the End of Time” and a modern work based on poetry of Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum.
In May, ALIAS’ Spring Concert moves back to their usual series at Blair, to present another first: Nashville’s own electric violin virtuoso Tracy Silverman joins ALIAS to perform a piece by Trey Anastasio, the guitarist from Phish.
This season also marks a new chapter of ALIAS in the Community, as the group embarks on new connections to bring educational, informative and entertaining chamber music programs to schools that typically receive little to no arts education funding. This season we will focus on a single partner for our educational and community programming; our concert proceeds will support our efforts to develop meaningful programming for them. This new straightforward approach (a change from donating to three separate nonprofit groups each season) will allow us to deepen our impact on one site in our community. Our partner this year is Whitsitt Elementary School in Nashville.