September 10, 2016 8:00 pm
The Unheard-of Project connects new audiences with composers at the forefront of contemporary composition. Unheard-of brings together composers to create new works, bringing these compositions to communities and institutions across the United States through touring and outreach. In its second year, the project continues to impact new communities, aiming to spark original collaborations between musicians and composers. The 2016-2017 Unheard-of//Ensemble project features new works for clarinet, cello, and piano trio. The featured composers are Jay Lin, Christina Volpini, Alan Hankers, Phil Salathe, Howie Kenty, Joe Sferra, and Flannery Cunningham. During the 2015-2016 project year, Unheard-of brought six new works for clarinet across different mediums to Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas with performances at the University of Alabama- Birmingham, Marywood University, University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Tarleton State University, and Troy University as well as radio features on 89.3 Montreal, WTSU 89.9, and 90.1 WUSB.
September 24, 2016 8:00 pm
“Dialogues” explores the interaction between cello and other instruments, objects, and spaces. Cellist Helen Newby will premiere works by David Bird, Danny Clay and Adam Hirsch in addition to performing the music of Kurt Isaacson, Cat Lamb, and Haley Shaw.
Helen Newby continually seeks ways to expand the technical and expressive boundaries of her instrument through close collaboration with other innovative performers and artists. She received her Bachelor’s in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and her Master’s in Cello Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal instructors have included Darrett Adkins, Jennifer Culp and Rachael Lonergan. Helen is a founding member of string trio Chartreuse, string quartet Amaranth, jazz sextet deturtle, and experimental noise quartet HK&tCS, and she frequently performs with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. She is on faculty at the Crowden School of Music in Berkeley and the Bay Area Music Project in Alameda.