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.

Gabrielle Revlock shares a solo version of her recent duet with Nicole Bindler, about two female artists in a spectacle-driven world.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 1992, Astral Artists plays a vital role in the discovery and development of gifted classical musicians.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum is committed to supporting local composers and developing new markets for their music.

Grants & Grantees

People’s Light & Theatre Company produced the regional premiere of this production by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote.

Grants & Grantees

Al-Bustan’s concert series featured three virtuosic international guest artists making their Philadelphia debuts, each of whom performed with Al-Bustan’s resident takht ensemble.

Philadelphia choreographer Nichole Canuso presents a solo performance, originally Center-funded, that uses personal reminiscences and universal yearnings to explore the relationship between memory and self.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Limor Tomer
 is the General Manager of Concerts & Lectures and a curator of performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble released a video trailer for its Center-funded performance, Steppes: A Crossover, featuring the premiere of a piece by Mark Morris.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cathy Stanton is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Tufts University and an active public historian. She served as a 2015 LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.

Grants & Grantees

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

At the February launch of the Center’s new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, Bill Bissell, Director of Performance, and choreographer Lucinda Childs discussed the collaborative research effort that led to the creation of the Center’s fourth danceworkbook.

This event features saxophonists/composers Ries and Zenón, and WNYC’s John Schaefer, as they address the unique challenges of collaborating across genres.