2009-2010 Season "Directions": Descriptions below are courtesy of newEar

Concert 1: Music and Minimalism Thursday, September 3, 2009 – 8 PM White Recital Hall James C. Olson Performing Arts Center Saturday, September 12, 2009 – 8 PM Bell Cultural Events Center MidAmerica Nazarene University

newEar returns to minimalism once again for our first concert of the season as a part of the Second International Conference on Minimalist Music. Highlights of the concert will be the professional premiere of Terry Riley's Autumn Leaves and a performance of Tom Johnson's Narayana's Cows, a musical rendition of the fourteenthcentury Indian mathematician's numerical sequence. Also featured on this concert will be Grind by Phill Niblock, Vladimir TošiÅLc's beautiful Arios for cello and piano, Barbara Benary's Sun on Snow for soprano and mixed ensemble, and The Body of Your Dreams for piano and boombox by Jakob ter Veldhuis. For more information please visit the Second International Conference on Minimalist Music.

Concert 2: American Currents Friday, November 6, 2009 – 8 PM All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

Stephen Hartke, recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation, was invited by newEar to present his work along with other music that has inspired him. A focal point of this concert is The Horse With the Lavender Eye for violin, clarinet and piano. In this piece Hartke references a wide array of inspirational material from Japanese court music, Looney Tunes and 19th century Brazilian novelist Machado de Assis. His dancingly cheerful work Gradus for mixed ensemble and the elusive Night Rubrics for solo cello will also be performed.

Concert 3: China Rising Saturday, March 13, 2010 – 8 PM All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

Chen Yi and Zhou Long continue their long-standing tradition of introducing Chinese composers whose influence is on the rise in their native country and beyond. We are most fortunate to have this connection as a part of the artistic fiber of Kansas City! Included on this program is Chen Yi's striking Song in Winter, Ding for clarinet, percussion, and double bass by Zhou Long and Hibiscus by Ye Xiaogang, Director of the Beijing Modern Music Festival. A fusion of jazz and swing is presented in Liu Suo-la's Drunk on Images for saxophone and piano. Luo Jing-jing A Drama in Four Spirits, Li Shao-sheng's Hearing the Dance for clarinet, marimba and cello, Zou Hang's Tipsy Dancing King Kong and a work by Qin Wen-chen are also presented on this concert.

Concert 4: Regenerations Saturday May 1, 2010 – 8 PM All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

James Mobberley and his music play a significant role in newEar's musical direction. newEar will honor this long-standing collaboration by dedicating this concert to his music, the music that has inspired him, and his pedagogical impact. Mobberley's intricately moving Two Studies in Perpetual Motion is the centerpiece of our final concert of the season. We will perform Mobberley student Michael McFerron's gripping Torrid Mix (featuring DJ Jazzy King and Master L.T.) for piano and tape. Performances of Mobberley's mentors will include Roger Hannay's Oh, Friends! and Donald Erb's alluring Three Poems for violin and piano. Also included on this program are Violin Sonata No.4 by Charles Ives and Density 21.5 by Edgard Vare`se. The winning work of the First Annual newEar Composers' Competition will also be performed on this concert.