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Summer Music Chamber Series showcases wide range of contemporary works, including premieres

June 25, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The chamber music leg of the Jacobs School's 2013 Summer Music series begins at 8 p.m. this Thursday, June 27, in Auer Hall with the Rubens Quartet performing Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet, Dutilleux's "Ainsi la nuit" and Bartók's String Quartet No. 4.

Rubens Quartet

Rubens Quartet

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During the following three weeks, numerous other 20th- and 21st-century compositions, including those by Jacobs faculty composers Don Freund, Atar Arad, Eugene O'Brien and Claude Baker, will be featured.

As a prelude to the performance of his "Summersongs: String Quartet No. 4" at 8 p.m. on June 28, Freund will give a lecture on the composition process, "Inside a Composer's Workroom," at 6:45p.m. that evening in Sweeney Hall.

Other new pieces to look forward to include Arad's String Quartet (1998) performed by the Rubens Quartet on July 5 and the premiere of his newly minted Twelve Caprices for Solo Viola (2013) -- each of which is related to a well-known viola piece -- performed by the composer himself with the Festival Chamber Players on July 11.

Audiences can enjoy O'Brien's Four Songs from "Algebra of Night" (2009) with the Festival Chamber Players on July 15, along with works by Jacobs alumnus William Harvey and Messiaen.

Baker's Tableaux funčbres for Piano Quintet (2003) will join Bartók's Quartet No. 6 on the July 17 program performed by the Pacifica Quartet.

The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio will perform two works that are new to Bloomington: Chen Yi's "Tunes from My Home" (2007) and Schoenfeld's Four Music Videos (2000). The two pieces are included in the trio's recent CD with world-premiere recordings of four American works.

A wealth of other new music will be featured during the series, including the third movement of Ben Taylor's "Trailing Clouds of Glory" at the June 26 Summer Band concert and Augusta Read Thomas's "Of Paradise and Light" at the July 18 Symphony Orchestra concert.

See a full list of all Summer Music series performances.

A number of events are free and some require tickets. A limited number of discounted Summer Music Passes are offered to the general public, with further reductions for full-time students. Tickets are available now from the Musical Arts Center Box Office, 812-855-7433, or online.