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2015/16 SEASON

• September 19, 2015
New Music Detroit's Strange Beautiful Music VIII
Max M. Fisher Center

We perform works from our Music in their Words project, premiering compositions from Anna Clyne, Michael Lowenstern, Marc Mellits, Gyan Riley, and Sarah Kirkland Snyder. Our fifth appearance on this annual festival.

• September 26, 2015
Peter Martin Wege Theatre
Grand Rapids, MI
8pm, tickets

We perform live music to accompany the dynamic Wellspring/Cory Terry & Dancers on their fall concerts. We perform In C remixes by Jad Abumrad, Zoe Keating, and Mason Bates, plus the world premiere of a new work by ensemble director Bill Ryan, commissioned for this event.

• November 2, 2015
Louis Armstrong Theatre
Grand Valley State University

We perform Dan Rhode's new score for visiting artists Kun-Yang Dancers. One of the country's foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies. Proceeding from a rich frame informed by living traditions, contemplative practices, and diverse philosophies of Asian origin, the company creates contemporary dances that transcend cultural boundaries. Artistic Director Kun-Yang Lin’s zen-inspired practice of dance manifests in lush works of poetic sensibility that The New York Times says, “create and inhabit worlds of their own.”

• February 13, 2016
Mason First United Methodist Church
Mason, MI
7pm, free admission

We perform works from our Music in their Words project, in addition to other favorites from our repertoire.

• February 14, 2016
Loutit District Library
Grand Haven, MI
2-3pm, free admission

We perform works from our Music in their Words project, in addition to other favorites from our repertoire.

• February 25, 2016
Art Gallery, Performing Arts Center
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI
7:30pm, free admission

Our annual student composition competition continues, as GVSU student composers create 60-second works in response to the Art Gallery show Great Lakes: Image & Word. A judging panel chooses three cash awards, and the audience favorite wins a prize as well.

• March 16, 2016
BOP STOP at the Music Settlement
Cleveland, OH
8:00pm • tickets

• March 17, 2016
Making Contemporary Music Workshop
Oberlin, OH
2pm • free admission

• March 18, 2016
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH
7:30pm pre-concert talk
8:00pm concert, free admission

• March 19, 2016
Theater at the Fort
Indianapolis, IN
7:30pm • tickets

• March 20, 2016
Chicago, IL
8:30pm • tickets

We will present our Music in their Words project: newly commissioned music from Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gyan Riley, Todd Reynolds, Anna Clyne, Michael Lowenstern, and Marc Mellits. Each work combines the speaking voice of the composers’ compositional heroes—Arvo Pàˆrt, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, John Cage, James Brown, and Steve Reich, along with the ensemble. In addition, as a tribute to Terry Riley’s 80th birthday year, the ensemble will perform selections from their acclaimed CD “In C Remixed”. Music from our National Parks project, and a soundtrack to an animated short film complete the program.

• April 2, 2016
Peter Martin Wege Theater
Grand Rapids, MI
4pm, free admission (reservations HIGHLY recommended. Email

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of our founding, we perform a 50th Birthday concert for visiting composer Marc Mellits. Featuring current and former ensemble members from 2006-2016.

To celebrate the 100th birthday of the national park system, we perform a program of music inspired by national parks, within the parks. All events free and appropriate for all ages. World premieres from Betsey Biggs, Rob Deemer, Alexandra Gardner, Patrick Harlin, Jeff Herriott, Molly Joyce, Phil Kline, and Paula Matthusen. Plus music from Jad Abumrad, Thad Anderson, Zoe Keating, Bill Ryan, and Ashley Stanley. Press release here.

• July 1, 2016
Badlands National Park
Interior, South Dakota

• July 2, 2016
Badlands National Park
Interior, South Dakota

• July 3, 2016
Wind Cave National Park
Hot Springs, South Dakota

• July 5, 2016
Billings Public Library
Billings, Montana

• July 6, 2016
Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Wyoming
(Map Room)
5pm, 7pm

• July 7, 2016
Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful Inn, Wyoming

• July 8, 2016
Grand Teton National Park
Moose, Wyoming
(Colter Bay Amphitheatre)

• July 9, 2016
Grand Teton National Park
Moose, Wyoming
(Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center)
11:30am, 1:30pm