When James T. Spencer, director of the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), turned to accept the applause at the 2018 Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) in Danville, Kentucky, he joked to himself, “Now what do we do for an…
Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble to Perform New Works Feb. 7
Ekmeles, a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely heard works and gems of the historical avant-garde, will present a concert on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. The concert is free and open to the public.
The program will include “Three Scenes from ‘Sleep’” by Erin Gee, “Peccavi fateor” by Jeffrey Gavett, “Motorman Sextet” by Taylor Brook and the premiere performance of a revised version of “The Human Dream” by Andrew Waggoner, professor of composition in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music.
Ekmeles, which will be in residence at the Setnor School as part of the Baker Artists Program, will participate in several additional events open to the public:
- Monday, Feb. 6, open forum with singers, composers and students, 12:20-1:40 p.m., 404 Crouse College
- Monday, Feb. 6, vocal workshop with University Singers, 2:15-3:25 p.m., Setnor Auditorium
- Tuesday, Feb. 7, reading of Syracuse University student works, 12:30-1:50 p.m., Setnor Auditorium
New York is home to a vibrant instrumental new music scene, with a relative paucity of vocal music. Ekmeles was founded to fill the gap by presenting new a cappella repertoire for solo voices and by collaborating with these instrumental ensembles.
Gavett, the ensemble’s director, brings a hybrid vision to the group: he is an accomplished ensemble singer and performer of new works and holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music’s contemporary performance program. He has assembled a virtuoso group of colleagues who bring their own diverse backgrounds to bear on the unique challenges of this essential and neglected repertoire.
For most Setnor Auditorium events, free and accessible parking is available in the Q1 lot. Additional parking is available in the Irving Garage. Campus parking availability is subject to change; call 315-443-2191 for current information or for more information about the operas.
The Baker Artists Program creates opportunities for students to connect with renowned music professionals through a robust and engaging residency program. Founded in 2013 by a grant from the Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, the program brings leading performers, educational scholars, composers and industry leaders to the Setnor School of Music, the Syracuse University campus, and the larger Syracuse community by providing master classes, lectures and performances.