Playing it Close to Home
Inver Hills Community College Coffee Concert
Zeitgeist brings its annual Playing it Close to Home concert to Inver Hills Community College Black Box Theater. With music by award-winning local composer Mary Ellen Childs, Playing it Close to Home celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard.
The program includes the world premiere of a new work composed by Mary Ellen Childs for Zeitgeist, plus several other works from Childs’ catalog, including excerpts from her opera Propeller, “visual percussion” pieces, and music for prepared piano.
Mary Ellen Childs has been acclaimed for creating both rhythmic, exuberant instrumental works and bold, kinetic compositions that integrate music, dance and theater in fresh and unexpected ways. She has created numerous “visual percussion” pieces that embody the concept of music in motion, for her ensemble CRASH, and she writes for a variety of ensembles, including solo accordion, string quartets, chamber groups, and vocal groups. Childs has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Opera America, the Dale Warland Singers, The Kitchen, the Walker Art Center, Other Minds, Live Music for Dance NY/NJ, Meet The Composer’s commissioning programs, and the MAP Fund. Her music has been performed in Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan, and Australia. Her percussion group CRASH traveled to Russia three times, and recently performed in Cuba at the invitation of the Havana International Theater Festival.