New Music Concerts presents Legends
New Music Concerts has commissioned Jeffrey Ryan to compose an extended vocal cycle based on The Whitening of the Ox (Inside the Zen Ox Pictures) by Canadian poet K.V. Skene for solo baritone voice (Tyler Duncan) and large chamber ensemble. The Ox Pictures is a 10-part series of images depicting the Zen Buddhist concept representing the taming of the disordered mind and the ultimate attainment of Enlightenment. This is complemented by another commission, Omar Daniel’s Mehetapja (Husband Killer) for three sopranos (Xin Wang, Carla Huhtanen and Erica Iris Huang) and mixed ensemble which continues the composer’s exploration of the Estonian Runo-song idiom. The concert will include the North American premiere of Swiss composer Thomas Kessler’s Quintet. Based on Mozart’s instrumentation of piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn (with electronics added) the work was first performed at the Salzburg Festival in 2011. Artistic director Robert Aitken conducts the New Music Concerts ensemble.