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Brave New Works

Fri, February 9th, 2007
9:00 pm

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Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor/artistic director;
Stephen Miahky & Maria Sampen, violin; Timothy Christie, viola; Katri Ervamaa, cello; Sarah Brady, flute; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; Winston Choi, piano; Jennifer Goltz, soprano


Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor
Stephen Miahky & Maria Sampen, violin; Timothy Christie, viola; Katri Ervamaa, cello; Sarah Brady, flute; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; Winston Choi, piano; Jennifer Goltz, soprano

Marilyn Shrude Raining Glass for violin, cello and piano (2002)

Philippe Bodin Peal

Shrude Memorie de luoghi for violin and piano (2001)
I. Tangled paths
II. Water … still and disturbed
III. Born of the mountain


Andrew Mead Far Cry: Four Poems of Amy Clampitt
I. The Outer Bar
II. Fog
III. Marine Surface, Low Overcast
IV. A Hermit Thrush

Dan Visconti Black Bend (2003)

Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment
Brave New Works is a vibrant performing ensemble of ten musicians dedicated to performing and promoting new music. The mission of Brave New Works is to engage, enrich and educate through contemporary music. A not-for-profit organization since 2003, Brave New Works was nurtured by the rich artistic landscape of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and formed in 1997 by three students at the University of Michigan: percussionists Chris Froh and Eli Shapiro, and conductor Chris Younghoon Kim. The concept was simple; to make great music, discover new sounds and ideas, and perform with kindred spirits.

The first concerts took place on the campus of the University of Michigan wherever space was available. The music was as diverse as the musicians who came together to perform it. Programs featured the gypsy duo Verderos, electronic music composer and trumpet player Mark Kirschenmann, and works by Cage, Berio, Stravinsky and Ginastera. The first season found its culmination in a performance of Terry Riley’s “In C,” for open instrumentation, which fittingly took place in the art gallery of the School of Engineering’s Media Union, the university’s newest building.

In its infancy, Brave New Works was as much a concept as it was an organization. Its three founders continually invented projects and, through the collaboration of a surprisingly large cast of characters, saw them to fruition. One such example was 1998’s “By and For the Persecuted,” a program of music composed entirely by prisoners interred at the Nazi concentration camp Terezin, in former Czechoslovakia. Chris Younghoon Kim conducted a chamber orchestra of student recruits in a program that included the music of Pavel Haas and Gideon Klein among others.

Whether chamber orchestra, massed cello choir -as in the January 2001 concert titled, Celloholics, – or soloist, Brave New Works came to embody the spirit of adventure in music. No project seemed too intimate or too grand. February 1999 marked one of Brave New Works’ major successes: the “Five Dances” project in conjunction with a residency by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The program featured George Crumb’s “Madrigals: Books I-IV” and the premier of five original dance compositions. Five composers worked with five choreographers, and together with Brave New Works, presented five experimental pieces. The inspiration came from the legendary collaboration between composer John Cage and Merce Cunningham. Brave New Works worked with Cage specialist Laura Kuhn on this important project. With success around the university and greater Ann Arbor communities, Brave New Works found an identity, and a growing audience.

By the fall of 2001, Brave New Works had outgrown the profile of a student ensemble. The group reorganized, and recruited a board of directors. Chris Younghoon Kim became sole music director, and Brave New Works for the first time defined its instrumentation as an ensemble of ten core musicians. With these changes came the potential for mobility; Brave New Works began the transition from a local phenomenon to a nationally recognized organization.

In addition to exploring and encouraging the growing modern repertoire, Brave New Works began to make contributions in the area of education. The ensemble developed its College Residency Program in which Brave New Works musicians work with student composers and instrumentalists conducting open rehearsals, instrumental master classes, and readings of student compositions. The first of these took place in the fall of 2002 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Subsequent residencies have taken Brave New Works to Bowling Green, Ohio, and to an ongoing partnership with Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Today, the musicians of Brave New Works hold teaching positions at prestigious colleges and universities around the country, and maintain individual performing careers. Brave New Works strives to uphold the values out of which it was formed and remains true to its first simple concept: to make great music, discover new sounds and ideas, and perform with kindred spirits.

Brave New Works Bios:

Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor/artistic director
Chris Kim is the founding Artistic Director of Brave New Works. His past appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lecturer of Music at Tufts University in Medford, MA. He is the Director of Orchestras at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Mr. Kim’s conducting schedule has taken around the world and has included engagements with the Toledo Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Mr. Kim has also taken part in conducting projects in Bulgaria, Russia, Estonia, Scotland, and his native Korea. Mr. Kim continues to serve as artistic director and conductor of the Boston-based Kalistos Chamber Orchestra.

Sarah Brady, flute
Flutist Sarah Brady is recognized in Boston as an ardent performer of contemporary music. She has premiered new music from concert stages as great as Carnegie Hall to venues as hip as the Middleast in Boston. Sarah performs and records regularly as principal flute with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and is the newest member of Brave New Works. With her “clairvoyantly sensitive chamber playing” (New Music Connisseur), Sarah has collaborated with new music ensembles such as the Fromm Players at Harvard, the Firebird Ensemble, the Radius Ensemble and Just in Time Composers. In addition to new music, Sarah also performs with Opera Boston, the ProArte Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Ballet. She won second prize in the 2006 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and the 2006 Myrna Brown Competition. In 2000, she was invited to premier and record with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project at Tanglewood. Sarah recently joined the faculty at the Boston Conservatory of Music.
Winston Choi, piano
Currently a doctoral student of Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University, Canadian-born pianist Winston Choi recently won the Orleans International Piano Competition (for 20th-century music) in France, and was the second prizewinner at the renowned Honens Piano Competition in Canada. Included in his prizes are concert and recital appearances in France, Spain, and Argentina, and recording contracts with Empriente Digitale France (the complete works for piano of Elliott Carter) and Quadro Frame Italy (“1980” in the Yearbooks of the 20th Century Piano Series). A graduate of Indiana University under the instruction of Menahem Pressler, Mr. Choi is in demand around the globe both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Timothy Christie, viola
A native of Washington, D.C., Timothy Christie graduated from the University of Michigan with undergraduate degrees in English and Violin Performance, and a master’s degree in Violin Performance under the instruction of Andrew Jennings and Paul Kantor. Currently a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Brave New Works, and the Dexter String Quartet, Mr. Christie maintains an active performing schedule around the country and abroad, and is on the faculties of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and the University of the Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.

Katri Ervamaa, violoncello
Finnish cellist Katri Ervamaa, DMA, is an alumna of the University of Michigan and Northern Illinois University. Her teachers include Erling Blondal Bengtsson, Marc Johnson, Lauri Laitinen and members of the Vermeer, Borodin, and Amadeus String Quartets. Ms. Ervamaa’s performance schedule extends to the United States, Europe and Asia, and she currently serves on the faculty of the University of Michgan’s Residential College, where she is head of the music department.

Jennifer Goltz, soprano
Soprano Jennifer Goltz specializes in the performance of new music, premiering works written for her by composers such as Logan Skelton, Andrew Mead, Manly Romero, Evan Chambers, Carter Pann, and Kristy Kuster. She performed Luciano Berio’s Circles at the invitation of the composer. Ms. Goltz received a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Michgan as well as a master’s degree in vocal performance. She is currently Assistant Professor of voice and music theory at Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

Stephen Miahky, violin
A native of Akron, OH, Stephen Miahky has performed throughout New York City, at Atlanta’s ProMozart Society, the Princeton Chamber Music Society, the Southwest Virginia Festival of the Arts, Albany’s Young Musician’s Forum and on NPR’s Performance Today. He is currently a member of Brave New Works, the Bryant Park Quartet, and the Naxos-recording IRIS Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Miahky earned B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Michigan and is currently a doctoral fellow at Rutgers University and serves on the faculties of the Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp and Cornell University. His teachers include Arnold Steinhardt, Paul Kantor, Stephen Shipps, and Alan Bodman.

Maria Sampen, violin
Maria Sampen currently serves as Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of the Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Rice University. Ms. Sampen has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States and has appeared as a chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and North America. She studied at the prestigious Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg and has been the recipient of fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Sampen has also served as artist-in-residence with the Dexter String Quartet at the Banff Music Centre in Canada and Musicorda in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Kevin Schempf, clarinet
Kevin Schempf is currently Associate Professor of Clarinet at Bowling Green State University as well as a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Mr. Schempf was a member of Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for nine seasons, appearing as a concerto soloist on several occasions. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, and was a featured performer at the 2002 International Clarinet Conference in Stockholm. His discography includes the premiere recording of Stephen Albert’s Wind Canticle and Copland’s Appalachian Spring with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Schempf holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Eastman School of Music.

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