Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM)

Event Date: 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Tickets: general ($10), non-UCSB students with ID ($5), UCSB students with ID (FREE), children under 12 (FREE). Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the Associated Students Ticket Office window (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion), online at the link below, or by calling the Associated Students Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.
Youth and UCSB student tickets may be reserved in advance by visiting the Associated Students Ticket Office window on the UCSB campus (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion) or by contacting the Associated Students Ticket Office at ticketoffice@as.ucsb.edu or (805) 893-2064.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Ensemble for Contemporary Music
Photo by Eric Isaacs.
Directed by Jeremy Haladyna, the UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) will present its annual fall concert on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The program, entitled "Paris, Passports, and Passages", will feature works by Albert Roussel, Sydney Hodkinson, Mario Lavista, Henri Dutilleux, Ned Rorem, Federico Mompou, and Joan Guijoan. UCSB graduate and undergraduate students will perform, along with Director Jeremy Haladyna.
ECM's fall quarter offering is all about travel, with a special nod to two French masters and a  notable American expat to France. There is also a module in support of a free Catalonia.  Director Jeremy Haladyna conducts the ECM winds--and pianist Jarod Fedele--in Albert Roussel's splendid "Divertissement" for piano and winds to get matters off in rousing fashion.   Roussel figures again in his charming "Aria" for oboe and piano, featuring Lexie Callaway-Cole.   
Another French giant, Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) represents a more recent outlook, one springing from Ravel, Roussel, Messiaen and others. French pianist Marie-Agathe Charpagne offers the incomparable "Choral et Variations" from the composer's Piano Sonata, while graduate vocalist Kelly Newberry sings his "San Francisco Night," a product of his own traveling.  Graduate flutist Cynthia Vong completes a Dutilleux trilogy with his much loved "Sonatine" for flute and piano.
The American composer who wrote diaries about his long sojourn in Paris, Ned Rorem, is represented by his "Picnic on the Marne," an amusing set of pieces depicting an imagined picnic in the Paris suburbs,  selected numbers from which are played by Brian Leal, sax, with Jarod Fedele and Evan Losoya assisting.    
New violinist/violist and composer Matthew Owensby contributes two works for solo viola: Sydney Hodkinson's "Sojournen," written while on vacation in the Caribbean, is paired with a travel notebook, the "Quaderno de Viaje," by the contemporary Mexican master Mario Lavista.
Finally, ECM presents two works by prominent Catalonian composers in recognition of the current struggle ongoing in Barcelona, including one who has visited UCSB Music (Joan Guinjoan). The director holds forth at the piano with cellist Kathryn Carlson on Federico Mompou's "El Pont," and with violinist Sara Bashore on Joan Guinjoan's "Duo."     
Albert ROUSSEL:  Divertissement for piano and winds
Albert ROUSSEL:  Aria for oboe and piano
Sydney HODKINSON:  Sojournen for viola solo
Mario LAVISTA:  Quaderno de Viaje for viola solo
Henri DUTILLEUX:  Sonatine for flute and piano
Henri DUTILLEUX:  San Francisco NIght for voice and piano
Henri DUTILLEUX:  Choral et Variations for solo piano
Ned ROREM:  Picnic on the Marne for sax and piano (extracts)
Module for Cataluña:
Federico MOMPOU:  El Pont for cello and piano
Joan GUINJOAN: Duo for violin and piano
Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM). Photo by Eric Isaacs.