About the Barnes Ensemble
The Barnes Foundation announces the creation of its own contemporary music ensemble, the Barnes Ensemble.
Chosen from around the world in a competitive application process, these young professional musicians will gather in Philadelphia from September 30 to October 8, 2017, to play at this premiere festival. The JACK Quartet will appear as the core of this new collective, alongside 20 Barnes Ensemble Fellows, with music director Robert Whalen conducting. Composers-in-residence Chaya Czernowin (Harvard University) and Eric Wubbels (NYC; Wet Ink Ensemble) will join us for master classes on their own works with the Fellows, and the festival will host the US premiere of Clara Iannotta’s dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii).
Fellows will participate in nine days of workshops, master classes, and chamber concerts. Over the course of the fellowships, they will be working with more than 800 schoolchildren across the Philadelphia region. This intense rehearsal and performance period will culminate in the highly anticipated Barnes Ensemble premiere on October 8.
October 4, 10am - 12pm Open Rehearsal
Barnes Foundation, Annenberg Court; sold out
Enjoy, learn, and listen at an open rehearsal with the Barnes Ensemble. In this educational behind-the-scenes program, you’ll see how music director Robert Whalen works with professional musicians who specialize in contemporary orchestral music. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions and meet the performers.
October 4, 7 - 9pm Chamber Music Concert: “Nature/Renewed”
Curtis Institute of Music, Gould Hall; free and open to the public
See the Barnes Ensemble members in an energetic and virtuosic chamber music program that includes Loren Loiacono’s Waxing Cerulean, Xenakis’s Tetras, Weisse Apfel by Klaus Lang, Wolfgang Rihm’s in nuce, and Natura Renovatur by Giacinto Scelsi.
October 6, 3 - 6pm Eric Wubbels Master Class
Philadelphia Free Library, Montgomery Auditorium; free and open to the public
Composer Eric Wubbels and violist John Richards coach the Barnes Ensemble’s viola section in Wubbels’s Viola Quartet. Audience members and performers alike will have the opportunity to hear a composer discuss his own work alongside an experienced contemporary music performer.
October 6, 7 - 7:30pm First Friday! Performance
Barnes Foundation, Annenberg Court; included in First Friday! admission
Come party at the Barnes Foundation’s First Friday! celebration and hear members of the Barnes Ensemble light up the night with electrifying new compositions.
October 7, 7 - 9pm Chaya Czernowin Master Class
University of Pennsylvania, Rose Recital Hall at Fisher-Bennett Hall (3340 Walnut Street, 4th Floor); free and open to the public
Internationally acclaimed composer and Harvard professor Chaya Czernowin will present an open workshop with Barnes Ensemble Fellows on her string octet Anea. Czernowin will coach the Fellows and discuss elements of her composition.
October 8, 7 - 9pm Barnes Ensemble Premiere Concert: “Ramifications”
Barnes Foundation, Annenberg Court
Don’t miss the debut performance of the Barnes Ensemble. This concert is the culmination of the nine-day festival and features the work of contemporary composers-in-residence Chaya Czernowin and Eric Wubbels, and the US premiere of Clara Iannotta’s dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii), as well as works by György Ligeti, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Zosha Di Castri.
Meet the Barnes Ensemble's artistic team.
Photo by Shervin Lainez
Robert Whalen, Music Director
Photo by Keitaro Harada
Katherine Skovira, Co-Artistic Director
Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Inside the Barnes Ensemble: A Conversation with Its Founders
Co-artistic directors Katherine Skovira and Robert Whalen talk about the genesis of the innovative contemporary music collective on VERSO, our behind-the-scenes podcast series.
Subscribe to VERSO by searching for "Barnes Foundation" on iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app.
About the Fellows
We are pleased to announce our String Fellows for Fall 2017, selected from across the world in a highly competitive application process. They consist of three young professional ensembles and nine individual performers.
Individual String Fellows
Giancarlo Latta, violin
Alicja Marta Pilarczyk, violin
Sarah Saviet, violin
Leslee Smucker, violin
Hannah Nicholas, viola
Samuel Kelder, viola
Iva Casian-Lakos, cello
Sonia Mantell, cello
Cody Takács, bass
March 5–9, 2018: Percussion and chamber ensemble
June 11–16, 2018: Chamber orchestra
Leading percussionist and contemporary music advocate Steven Schick joins the Barnes artistic staff in 2018 for the March and June festivals, with performances to include works by Gérard Grisey, Pierre Boulez, Vivian Fung, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.
Applications are now open for March and June 2018 for percussion and chamber ensemble.
The Barnes Ensemble would like to give special thanks to its partners:
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The Lucerne Festival Academy
The Curtis Institute
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Jacobs Music Company
University of Pennsylvania Department of Music