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Seeing is Believing


Friday, May 9, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Bard College | Room N211, Edith C. Blum Institute at the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center | Campus Map
Free and open to the public
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Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 8:00 pm
Presented by Arts at the Park
Park Avenue Christian Church | 1010 Park Avenue (at East 85 Street), New York
$20 General admission | $15 Students/seniors | Purchase tickets
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Contemporaneous performs Seeing Is Believing, an unbelievable program of two new works by Michael Harrison and music by Nico Muhly and Shawn Jaeger.

Drawing on his expertise in just intonation, Indian ragas and rhythmic cycles, Harrison’s music evokes what the New York Times calls, “a new harmonic world…of vibrant sound.” With Tessellations and Orchestral Modules, written specifically for Contemporaneous and featuring guests Nitin Mitta (tabla), Aaron Shragge (tanpura), Tim Parsons (countertenor) and Aram Tchobanian (tenor), Harrison brings to life a new chapter in his explorations into these exciting worlds.

In addition to Harrison’s premieres, Contemporaneous will perform Nico Muhly’s effervescent six-string electric violin concerto Seeing is Believing with Contemporaneous violinist Josh Henderson. Featuring Contemporaneous soprano Lucy Dhegrae, the roots for Kentucky composer Shawn Jaeger’s poignant and beautiful Letters Made with Gold come from musical gestures and song texts from Appalachian folk music.

Michael Harrison (b. 1959): Orchestral Modules (2014) — world premiere
Shawn Jaeger (b. 1985): Letters Made with Gold (2011)

— Intermission —

Nico Muhly (b. 1981): Seeing is Believing (2007)
Michael Harrison (b. 1959): Tessellations (2014) — world premiere