New Music Harvest
Oct. 6–8, 2011
Zeitgeist’s season opener features a cornucopia of new chamber music plus delectable dishes prepared from the bounty of the St. Paul Farmer’s Market. Works include Paul Elwood’s Appalachian-inspired a forty-four smokeless (with Paul Elwood, banjo), Reunion by Harvey Sollberger, Time After Time by Nico Muhly, and the world premiere of Forth and Back by Scott Miller (with Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano). Come early on Friday or Saturday and take in the St. Paul Art Crawl!
3rd Annual Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret
Nov. 3–6, 2012
With four hours of local live music each night, Zeitgeist’s Third Annual New Music Cabaret features some of the Twin Cities’ best musicians performing an eclectic variety of new music. Line-up includes Zeitgeist each evening, Nirmala Rajasekar, The Illicit Sextet, Douglas Ewart and Quasar, and Antigravity.
Artaria String Quartet
Douglas Ewart and Quasar
Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts
Playing it Close to Home
Feb. 10-12, 2012
With winning songs from our Eric Stokes Song Contest plus works by guest artist NIrmala Rajasekar, our annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard.
Zeitgeist’s Early Music Festival
John Cage: An American Original
April 12–15, 2012
In 1952, John Cage irrevocably changed the course of Western classical music with his groundbreaking homage to silence, titled 4’33”, impacting the creation of art in the 20th century in a profound way. Throughout his 60-year career, Cage continued to joyously challenge our ears, consider new musical questions and embrace new possibilities in the relationship between composer and listener. Join the adventure as we celebrate Cage’s centennial with a four-day festival of performance events, dialogue, exhibits and remembrance.
May 17–20, 2012
Join Zeitgeist and Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung for the world premiere of his major new chamber work, Spiral XIV. His music weaves together his Cambodian heritage, Western classical training and a powerful sense of purpose born of life’s challenges to create music that is profoundly moving and transformative. Chinary Ung’s singular approach to color, gesture, timbre and form results in a highly authentic music that sounds unlike anything else being created today. Spiral XIV incorporates vocalization, chant and several Cambodian percussion instruments in addition to Zeitgeist’s unique instrumentation of two percussion, clarinet and piano.
Spiral XIV was commissioned through Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music/USA, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Ford Foundation, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund and by the Chamber Music America Commissioning Program with funding generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.
For the Birds
A chamber work with music by Victor Zupanc and text by Kevin Kling
July 12–15, 2012
Take flight on wings of fancy and delight with For the Birds! A compelling combination of colorful and virtuosic musical performance, songs and insightful narration, For the Birds illuminates our human drive to aspire and offers a space to contemplate ourselves as individuals, families, communities and a species. Uniting the creativity of the Twin Cities’ music and arts community, For the Birds is a high-flying combination of new music, verbal artistry and innovative direction, scheduled to soar in Lowertown in June.