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Ensemble Dal Niente performing the music of George Lewis

Arts & Theater

For the 2019/20 season of Leading International Composers, we present a concert profile of the iconoclastic American composer George Lewis. Awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship in 2002, Lewis is a multifaceted creative artist recognized for his visionary work in computer music and his accomplishments as a composer, performer, improviser, and scholar. Lewis has maintained a close working relationship with the Chicago-based new music collective Ensemble Dal Niente. The group presents a wide-ranging portrait of Lewis, including a 2018 work written for the Ensemble, Assemblage, and earlier works Mnemosis (2012) and Hexis (2013). The program will showcase Lewis's vast compositional ideas and deft synthesis of influences from different fields, from the collage techniques of 20th-century visual art to the rhetorical traditions of ancient Rome, and concepts drawn from recent philosophy and social theory. Part of Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition.

In partnership with the University of Maryland and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.


GEORGE LEWIS (b. 1952)
Merce and Baby (2012)
For quartet

Shades of Words (2011)
For flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and marimba

Mnemosis (2012)
For flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion

AKIKO YAMANE (b. 1982)
Ambiguous garnet colored fragments (2012)
For flute, violin, and piano

Assemblage (2013)
For flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, harp, percussion, violin, viola, and cello

Hexis (2013)
For flu

March 01, 2020
March 01, 2020
The Phillips Collection 1600 21st Street Northwest Washington, District of Columbia 20009 United States
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