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Points of Departure


$10 students, $15 members, $20 nonmembers

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8pm

Reservations by September 28

Location: Atrium

PEM's Present Tense Initiative continues with two concert performances by Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin. In Points of Departure, Aucoin is joined by composers from the Asia/America New Music Institute to share works and thoughts on geographic and cultural identity - observations of poignant resonance in an era of globalization and identity politics. The evening features the premiere of a new piece by Aucoin, plus works by composers Chad Channon, Garth Neustadter, Sun-Young Park, Paul Frucht,  Xiaogang Ye and Toru Takemitsu.

Conducted by Yuga Cohler
Featuring Rachel Lee Priday, violin and Sean Christensen, tenor

Performed by members of A Far Cry
Directed by Victoria Crutchfield
Lighting Design by Mary Ellen Stebbins

Aucoin and AANMI return to PEM in March and November 2017 to continue their exploration of East/West music connections through new commissions.

Eunice and Jay Panetta and the Robert N. Shapiro Fund for Innovation provided generous support forPoints of Departure. Also made possible in part by supporters of PEM's Present Tense Initiative: Terry and Dick Albright, Dick and Deborah Carlson, Susan and Appy Chandler and Fay Chandler.

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Asia/America New Music Institute (AANMI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting new music relationships between Asia and the Americas. Now in its third season, AANMI has presented new chamber works in cities around the world - including Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Los Angeles, New York City, Bangkok, Hanoi, Singapore, Seoul, Naha (Japan), Salt Lake City, and Ephraim (UT). AANMI's young artists include some of the finest composers, conductors, and soloists in the world who are, together, leaders in the field of contemporary music and cultural exchange. With a focus on narrative, AANMI's programs strive to create meaningful experiences for concertgoers by using new music as an entry point into understanding the wide and beautiful array of human experiences in these regions of the world.

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There will be another performance on Friday, September 30 at 8:00 pm.

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