Playing it Close to Home 2016
With winning songs from our Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Janika Vandervelde, our annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program will include the premiere performance of This World is Maya, Vandervelde's new work composed for Zeitgeist, plus Genesis VII, written for Zeitgeist in 1989.
The music of Janika Vandervelde grows out of a vigorous dialogue between instinct and form. Her subtle, assymetrical weave of pitches and rhythms has been described as "endlessly fascinating… ordered, yet timeless." In the past decade, Ms. Vandervelde’s music has become more eclectic and elastic, integrating a more open, spontaneous, multi-dimensional sound-world into her earlier preoccupation with process, architecture, and purity of language. A native of Wisconsin, Ms. Vandervelde has written more than 90 works for orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles, soloists, and the stage. She has twice been a Bush Artist Fellow and a McKnight Foundation Composer Fellow, has been honored with the Boulanger Award of the Women’s Philharmonic in San Francisco.
The Eric Stokes Song Contest is sponsored by Zeitgeist in memory of late composer Eric Stokes; the contest was designed to encourage and celebrate amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. This year's winners are Ivan Cunningham and Meridith Henke in the youth category, and Joshua Weinberg in the adult category.
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