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Color Theory

1/2: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.
2/2: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

The PRISM Quartet creates and performs music that places the saxophone in unexpected contexts, charting fresh musical territory that challenges audiences. For Color Theory, PRISM will commission new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which will pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate the concept of “musical color.” PRISM will partner with PARTCH, an ensemble devoted to American composer and musical instrument builder Harry Partch (1901–74), and Brooklyn-based ensemble Sō Percussion, for Color Theory concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts will be broadcast live on WWFM and a follow-up audio recording will be available on Innova Records. The project will also include panel discussions that examine color theory across disciplines; a Harry Partch lecture and instrument-making workshop; a composer symposium at the Curtis Institute of Music; and family workshops at the Free Library.

This exhibition of contemporary art by seven artists will serve as the complement to another exhibition of the library’s outstanding collection of Fraktur: Pennsylvania German folk artworks from the 18th and 19th centuries.

People

Tyrone Brown is a musician and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Since 1990, Michael Alexander has been the executive and artistic director of Grand Performances, which presents free performing arts events in Downtown Los Angeles.

Organization

Ars Nova Workshop, a free jazz and experimental music presenter, has programmed nearly 500 events since 2000, often in atypical settings.

This production marked the Arden Theatre’s first commission for its children’s series.

Director Romeo Castellucci’s work returns to Philadelphia with The Four Seasons Restaurant, which uses the infamous unfulfilled Mark Rothko commission as a jumping-off point to explore the impact of absence on the human psyche.

Born in Venezuela, Kotain works with various Philadelphia-area nonprofit cultural organizations to teach others about his Arab and Latin musical traditions.

Data Garden co-founders Alex Tyson and Joe Patitucci answered some of our questions about co-composing music with plants.

Regina R. Smith has served as a program officer on the Arts & Culture team at the Kresge Foundation since 2008.

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) presented two concerts by an intergenerational roster of artists, representing several significant strands of blues music.

FringeArts partnered with Bang on a Can to present this event at its 2010 festival: a 12-hour concert that explored contemporary American compositional currents.

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Michael Orlove currently serves as the director of artist communities and presenting & multidisciplinary works for the National Endowment for the Arts and has responsibility over the NEA’s international programs.

Organization

Winner of two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, the Crossing is a professional contemporary chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally.

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Frances Halsband is founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects, and was the first woman to be elected president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys (2013 Pew Fellows) explore the potential of new tools, fabrication technologies, and construction to expand the beauty and sustainability of the urban landscape.

As part of her Carnegie International project, Zoe Strauss is taking portraits of the residents of Homestead, PA. Plus, news on Brian Phillips, Frank Sherlock, Kinan Abou-Afach, Matthew Cox, Jay Kirk, and more.

Organization

For over 25 years, Network for New Music has been dedicated to commissioning and performing music by living composers.

For his first Philadelphia appearance in over four decades, Milford Graves will present a rare solo performance inside the oldest barn in Philadelphia County at Bartram’s Garden.

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People

Peter Rose is a multimedia artist and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

People

Peter Paulsen is a classical and jazz performer, both of which influence his composition style, and a 2007 Pew Fellow.

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