Performances

Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

TANZ! : Dancing through time

What has ever paired better than music and dance? Every culture has their own unique dances and music, and understanding these can help us to better understand each other. Looking at dances that span from antique forms to contemporary times, this program aims to provide listeners with an opportunity to find progression of dance forms in classical music, with live dancers to help on the way. Most excitingly, our program will feature brand new modern choreography to Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concordanza.

Johann Strauss II, Perpetuum Mobile

Benjamin Britten, Sinfonietta

- Premiere of CØDA Ensemble’s 2019-2020 Commission Winner-

Sofia Gubaidulina, Concordanza

HK Gruber, Revue

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Nov
24
3:00 PM15:00

Peter and the Wolf!

The first of our 2019-2020 educational outreach programs, CØDA will bring a fully narrated version of Prokofiev’s classic musical story Peter and the Wolf , to audiences of all ages. All children under the age of 14 will be granted free admission and CØDA will be working with local school districts to provide transportation for students. This is a program for kids and kids of heart, the event will focus on instruments, and instrument families, as well as providing students the immersive experience of hearing such an extraordinary piece of music live.

Also featured on this program is Berio’s Opus Zoo, a silly short piece requiring wind quintet to narrate stories about animals as they are playing.

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Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

Vespers Song, in collaboration with Nightingale Vocal Ensemble

In this incredibly special concert CØDA Ensemble will be partnering with Boston’s Nightingale Vocal Ensemble, an unaccompanied chamber chorus focussing on underperformed and contemporary repertoire.

The music represented in this concert aims to answer the same question: what is spirituality? Each one of these composers seems to grapple with this question in their own way, whether it is a question of religion, human connectedness, or internal strife, each piece holds significant weight.

Sofia Gubaidulina, Aus der Visionen der Hildegard von Bingen

Gyorgi Ligeti, Sonata for Solo Cello

John Tavener, The Lamb

Krzysztof Penderecki, Cadenza for Solo Viola

Arvo Pärt, Stabat Mater

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Feb
23
3:00 PM15:00

French Modernism

In this chamber series concert, CØDA will explore contemporary music of France from the turn of the twentieth century to present day. France has long been a hub of contemporary music, and their artists unafraid to explore new territories. From simple dance tunes to strong discordant polyphony, these French composers bring us to new worlds of sound, while retaining some of the classical discipline of the country’s heritage.

Sophie Lacaze, Archeologos II, for solo flute and electronics

Pascal Dusapin, Musique Fugitive, for string trio

Eugene Bozza, Contrastes I, for flute and bassoon

Nicholas Bacri, Sonata in Memorium Bela Bartok, for violin duo

Jean Francaix, Divertissement for Bassoon and String Quartet

Darius Milhaud, String Quintet No. 1

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Mar
8
3:00 PM15:00

Bamboo and Gut, an exploration of strings and bassoon

In this chamber concert CØDA will present several contemporary pieces for different combinations of bassoons and strings. Proudly featuring the music of Boston composer Marti Epstein, this concert seeks to explore texture changes between removing string players, and adding bassoons. This concert will feature CØDA Ensemble’s principal bassoonist, Isaac Erb.

Eliot Carter, Retracing, for Solo Bassoon

Marti Epstein, Barcarolle, for String Trio

Sofia Gubaidulina, Bassoon Duo

Marti Epstein, So Near, So Far, for solo cello

Marti Epstein, Tendrils, for Bassoon Quartet

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Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Regicide: Contemporary Antiquity

Join us for CØDA Ensemble’s 2019-2020 Season Finale. In this program we question what makes contemporary music sound contemporary, and in what ways contemporary composers continue to pay homage to the past.

Gyorgi Ligeti, Chamber Concerto for 13-Instruments

Alfred Schnittke, Septet

Peter Maxwell-Davies, Eight Songs for a Mad King

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The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (ft. Nicholas Brown)
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (ft. Nicholas Brown)

Join us for CØDA Ensemble’s first chamber series concert, and first performance of our 2019-2020 season! This event will feature the music of two prominent living composers, Mohammed Fairouz and Osvaldo Golijov.

Mohammed Fairouz’s The Named Angels, for string quartet, focuses on the four name angels in the major monotheistic relgions. Taking influence from stories of the Qu’ran and middle eastern music, Fairouz paints a dramatic portrait of these angels, at times violent, peaceful, sorrowful, and triumphant.

Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, string quartet and solo clarinets, is a dramatic piece exploring our pursuit of truth and understanding within our universe. Heavily influences by kabbalistic practice and klezmer styled music. On The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind , Golijov says: “About 800 years ago, Isaac the Blind, the great Kabbalist rabbi of Provence, dictated a manuscript in which he asserted that all things and events in the universe are the product of combinations of the Hebrew alphabet's letters. His conviction still resonates today: don't we have scientists who believe that the clue to our life and fate is hidden in other codes?”

We are thrilled to be featuring CØDA Ensemble’s principal clarinetist, Nicholas Brown, as the soloist on Golijov’s massive work. An incredibly versatile musician, Nicholas is the current principal clarinetist of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Orchestra, and was recently named as second clarinetist and bass clarinetist for Boston Lyric Opera.

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