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Begin Anywhere: Chapter 1

Saturday - 8:00pm (ET)
April 11, 2015


Bowerbird presents:
a concert series about starting new things




This is a series about starting a new music ensemble. In Philadelphia. In 2015. But it is also a series for anyone that’s ever tried to make something with other people. It’s about starting a non-profit, or an ensemble, or a business, or choosing not too. It’s about being unstoppable in the face of soul-crushing paperwork, or just finding your own path. It’s about asking the question “How are we going to do this?”, answering “I don’t know”, and giving it a shot anyway. It’s also a chance to hear some great music and words of wisdom.

Consisting of five solo compositions spanning the past 50 years, the program is a mix of classic avant-garde and contemporary works, frenetic virtuosity and atmospheric stillness. The performances will be interspersed with conversations with special guests about the challenges of starting (and sustaining) new projects.



Luciano Berio, Sequenza III (1965) for solo voice
Performed by Alize Rozsnyai

Anne Neikirk, locoMotives (2013) for harp
Performed by Elizabeth Huston

Bruno Mantovani, Bug (1999) for clarinet
Performed by Joel Weszka

Carolyn Chen, Great Birnam Wood (2015) for percussion and marble
Performed by Eric Derr

Milton Babbitt, Phonemena (1975) for soprano and synthesized tape
Performed by Heather Gardner

Plus conversations with:

Jeri Lynne Johnson (Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra)
David Brick (Headlong Dance Theater)
Whit MacLaughlin (New Paradise Laboratories)

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