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Queer Composition Concert

Join us for the second annual New Music Compositions Concert, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Featuring four queer composers selected through an open call process, the New Music Compositions Concert will showcase original scores exploring queer themes in a one-night only performance on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Selected composers will work in collaboration with ensemble members specializing in contemporary approaches to acoustic-electronic chamber music. Selected artists include Giuseppe Gallo-Balma, Unique Hughley, Wesley Unruh, and M Joseph Willette.

Audiences are invited to join us for the premiere of the compositions on May 6, 2023 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM for a free concert in the Charlotte Street Stern Theater.

The New Music Compositions ensemble, Friends of Dorothy, is made up of two queer duos, two saxophonists and two percussionists, who specialize in contemporary approaches to acoustic-electronic chamber music. Their performance practice explores new music and traditionally notated music with the addition of a vocalist or spoken word. The ensemble aims to expand the repertoire for this instrumentation while championing queer narratives & stories.

Kyle Blake Jones – Saxophone Nathan Mertens – Saxophone Jaime – Percussion SA – Percussion Kelli Van Meter – Soprano


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