Matthew Aucoin

Encounters Ensemble led by Matthew Aucoin 2015

Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin is the museum’s current Composer–in–Residence. Aucoin presents thematic musical happenings unique to PEM that break through the confines of classical staging and lighting techniques and traditional interpretations of music and performance. Combining his original compositions and his reimagining of a wide swath of contemporary classical music, he collaborates with visual, literary, and musical artists to design experiences that bring audiences much closer to the emotion and performative power of creativity.

Upcoming Performances

 

Matthew AucionPhases: A Lunar Fantasy
Saturday, March 11, 2017

PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin joins with the Asia/America New Music Institute. About the Artists.

The Asia/America New Music Institute and PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin invite you on an interstellar adventure about growing up, facing fear and making art. Using lighting and projections to lift the Atrium into outer space, this music experience will delight the whole family. Learn more at aanmi.org.

Featuring new music by Chad Cannon, Sun-Young Park, Sayo Kosugi, Paul Frucht, and Matthew Aucoin. Lighting and projection design by Mary Ellen Stebbins, Kevan Loney, and Bryce Cutler. Conceived and directed by Victoria Crutchfield.

Approximate run time: 75 minutes, no intermission.

Family-friendly concert
6:30 pm | Atrium
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Wear your pajamas and get comfortable. Performance includes milk and cookies.

18 and older concert
8:30 pm | Atrium
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Cash bar and complimentary cookies.

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About Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990) is a composer, conductor, poet, and pianist. A 2012 graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), he also earned a graduate diploma in composition while studying with Robert Beaser at Juilliard School of Music. He is the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera's team of assistant conductors, while also serving in various conducting roles for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Opera, The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Rome Opera Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2015 Aucoin will premiere two new operas, Crossing with the American Repertory Theatre, directed by Diane Paulus, and an opera for young people with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

PEM's Present Tense Initiative advances innovative presentations and interpretations of visual art as well as a wider range of contemporary artistic expression, including music, literature and contemporary thought. As part of the Present Tense Initiative, PEM's Composer–in–Residence program features rising talents and adventuresome performances of contemporary classical music, inspired by the museum's environment and collection.

Eunice and Jay Panetta and the Robert N. Shapiro Fund for Innovation provided generous support. 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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Past Performances

Points of Departure | September 30, 2016

PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew 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.

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Points of Departure | October 1, 2016

PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew 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.

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Poetry & Music | March 12, 2016

Tenor Paul Appleby joins PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin as a prelude to his upcoming Carnegie Hall performance!

These two rising stars of the opera world will explore the dynamic intersections of music, poetry, performance and creative expression while diving into the poetry of James Merrill, whose work forms the basis of Aucoin's new song cycle Merrill Songs. Merrill's poetry performs a strange alchemy on the English language: In his hands, words themselves seem to be miniature pieces of music.

The New York Times says Appleby can "shape the phrases with melting tenderness."

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Music Beyond Sound | October 2, 2015

PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin and violinist Keir GoGwilt host an evening of engaging dialogue and performance. They will explore and demystify the creative process and examine questions about the relationship between composing and performance.

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Music Beyond Sound | October 3, 2015

PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin and violinist Keir GoGwilt host an evening of engaging dialogue and performance. They will explore and demystify the creative process and examine questions about the relationship between composing and performance.

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Song Cycle: Encounters Ensemble led by PEM Composer–in–Residence Matthew Aucoin | June 26, 2015

The Encounters Ensemble, led by PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin, invites you to explore the captivating world of art songs. Song Cycle features works by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Alban Berg and Aucoin that weave worlds out of words and music: a hot summer morning; a dusky countryside; a carousel. Audience members travel through four galleries in the museum, each transformed to reflect the world of a particular composer.

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Song Cycle: Encounters Ensemble led by PEM Composer–in–Residence Matthew Aucoin | June 27, 2015

The Encounters Ensemble, led by PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin, invites you to explore the captivating world of art songs. Song Cycle features works by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Alban Berg and Aucoin that weave worlds out of words and music: a hot summer morning; a dusky countryside; a carousel. Audience members travel through four galleries in the museum, each transformed to reflect the world of a particular composer.

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Matthew Aucoin—Orpheus | June 7, 2014

Join the Encounters Ensemble and PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin as they explore the myth of Orpheus - on Earth and in the underworld as he searches for his beloved Eurydice. The ancient Greek tale has inspired multiple musical and poetic interpretations, from tragic to comic. At PEM, enjoy selections from C.W. Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice (1762) as well as Orphically inspired music and poetry. The evening also features the premiere of The Orphic Moment, Aucoin's new piece for countertenor (Anthony Roth Costanzo, acclaimed for his work with New York's Metropolitan Opera), solo violin (Rachel Lee Priday) and chamber ensemble.

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Matthew Aucoin—World Premiere Concerts | March 7, 2014

Matthew Aucoin, the Peabody Essex Museum's composer in residence, explores the relationship between words and music with violinist Keir GoGwilt and visual artist Nick Pope. Also featuring works by Mozart and Messiaen. Lighting Design by Mary Ellen Stebbins.

A second performance is scheduled for March 8.

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Tracing a Line | May 25, 2013

Tracing a Line follows a single melody - from Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata BWV 60 - as it is reimagined across the centuries. The Encounters Ensemble orchestra performs selections from Johann Rudolph Ahle's four-part folk chorale, Alban Berg's violin concerto "To the memory of an angel," Samuel Beckett's short play Nacht und Träume and a new orchestra piece composed by Matthew Aucoin, conductor, poet and creator of this special program.

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