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New Music Ensemble Tours to Great Reviews

On November 13, 2011,  the celebrated GVSU New Music Ensemble returned from an exciting week-long tour of eastern cities.

“The trip was a great success, with the students and Jonathan [Professor Nichols on saxophone] performing beautifully,” Bill Ryan, Associate Professor and Director of New Music Ensemble reports. “The audience reception at each location was terrific--in fact we were invited back by each venue.”

The program featured acoustic and electronic music with Michigan connections, including the premiere of a new work by student Dan Rhode, commissioned just for this tour.

In addition to our three concerts, in Washington DC the ensemble took part in a post-concert panel discussion about contemporary music.  In Baltimore they were video interviewed for an online music journal (look for it in December).  In Philadelphia, the NME performed and led a workshop on improvisation in 21st Century Classical music for 12-16 year olds. 

“The members handled their varied experiences professionally and enthusiastically, Ryan noted.

Here's a link to the Washington Post review of the  Baltimore concert:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/grand-valley-state-ensemble-%20reinvents-rileys-in-c/2011/11/10/gIQAxAdj9M_story.html This story notes the NME’s recording success as well as their performance.

Part of the Washington performance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpxEbZSmw8U  The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble performs Jad Abumrad's Counting in C, arranged by Adam Cuthbert.


On tour were these students and faculty:

Ashley Stanley, flute

Anastasiya Nyzkodub, clarinet

Jonathan Nichol, saxophones

Kelly Vander Molen, violin

César Colmenares, cello

Jera Leffring, piano

Joshua Dreyer, percussion

Daniel Rhode, composer, sound engineer


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