TURNmusic Presents 21st Century Works February 14 and 15
Anne Decker, Artistic Director of TURNmusic (Photograph by Jeb Wallace Brodeur)
This week, Anne Decker’s TURNmusic is the ensemble-in-residence for Young Lions, a program curated by Matthew Evan Taylor, a composer at Middlebury College, featuring music by Dorothy Hindman, Valerie Coleman-Page, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Taylor himself. Two performances are scheduled: Thursday, 2/14/19, at 8pm at FlynnSpace, and Friday, 2/15/19, at 7:30pm at the Mahaney Arts Center at Middlebury College.
New Century New Voices is a chamber concert series highlighting music by people who have long excluded from the centuries-old chamber music tradition. Taylor’s series is comprised of six concert programs and a master class, from January through May, featuring more than 20 living composers. Four of the concerts are curated by composers whose programs include their own works: Taylor, Carlos Simon, Marcos Balter and Gabriela Lena Frank.
FlynnSpace Tickets $20, Middlebury College Event is FREE
Anne Decker and TURNmusic
Anne Decker and her musical cohorts in TURNmusic are performing some of the most intriguing, thought provoking and enjoyable music being played in the state. The Waterbury-based ensemble plays new music by big-name composers like Missy Mazzoli and Julia Wolf, but also focuses on the incredibly rich music of regional composers like Evan Premo and Kyle Saulnier.
The result is music not bound by genre or tradition. TURNmusic’s beautifully composed programs flow seamlessly, yet skip over the entire concept of genre, covering all kinds of musical bases. That’s no accident.
“We define our music by quality—not by genre,” Decker explains. “We support living composers and Vermont musicians who can perform at the highest level. And we create a welcoming atmosphere for the concerts and keeping ticket prices low or free.”
“I actually feel more comfortable with the composer in the room,” Decker explains. “Sure, it can add pressure, but we are performing at a level that is high and respectful of the composer’s writing. Having the composer’s energy and input only helps us perform with more perspective on who they are.”
TURNmusic’s lineup shifts according to Decker’s (and the music’s) needs, but boasts a core group of world-class players, such as violinist Mary Rowell, the co-founder of the exquisite ETHEL. The music itself swings from lush and pastoral to Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Penelope, which features drums, guitar, and electronics. In fact, the group’s November 2018 performance of Penelope was a watershed moment for Decker.
“I loved the large ensemble of acoustic and electronic sounds. The range of emotion and genre within the piece is fantastic. The text was spellbinding and we were so fortunate to have Vermont soprano Mary Bonhag join us for the production.” Decker’s programs are brilliantly constructed, and she applies that same rigor to the audience’s experience.
“I know it can be difficult to get out of the house, buy a ticket, and sit still and quiet for two hours. I am committed to creating an experience as soon as the patron walks in the door. I want them to feel welcome and comfortable. I believe our concerts are social events as well as listening events.”
Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival is honored to be fiscal sponsor for TURNmusic, which is advancing our mission to inspire a love of chamber music in our community.