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Signature Series:
American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Friday, March 9, 2018, 8 p.m.
Morgan Concert Hall

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The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), champions of modern American music, perform at Kennesaw State on Friday, March 9 as part of the School of Music's 2017-18 Signature Series.

On March 9, ACME will perform works inspired by the group’s debut portrait album, Thrive on Routine, which highlights ACME's make-up of performers who are also composers. ACME will perform Caleb Burhans’ Jahrzeit, Caroline Shaw’s Gustave la Gray, and Timo Andres’ Thrive on Routine. The ensemble will also perform John Luther Adams’ moving string quartet The Wind in High Places and Arvo Pärt’s FratresThrive on Routine was proclaimed by Gramophone as “a bounty of appealing recent works,” while The Strad raved “Warmth and care are fully evident in the ensemble's immaculate, considered performances – the four composers could hardly wish for more committed, convincing accounts of their music.” Thrive on Routine was also featured as “Album of the Week” on New York Public Radio’s New Sounds/Q2 Music and was one of the top albums of the year in such diverse media outlets as Yahoo! Music, Iowa Public Radio, Classical Dark Arts, the Chicago Reader, and more.

Tickets for this performance are $18-25.

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    The Wind in High Places

    Gustave le Gray


    Thrive on Routine

  • American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

    The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.” NPR calls them “contemporary music dynamos,” and The New York Times describes ACME’s performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.” Time Out New York reports, “[Artistic Director Clarice] Jensen has earned a sterling reputation for her fresh, inclusive mix of minimalists, maximalists, eclectics and newcomers.”

    ACME has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, New World, New Amsterdam, and Butterscotch Records. Their recording with thereminist Carolina Eyck Fantasias (Butterscotch Records) was released in October 2016. ACME released its first portrait album on Sono Luminus in February 2017, featuring music by members Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, and Caleb Burhans, plus John Luther Adams. The group’s 16-17 season includes a performance with Carolina Eyck at Baryshnikov Arts Center; a tour with Blonde Redhead performing their album “Misery is a Butterfly;” a tour with Grammy- and Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson in music from his new Deutsche Grammophon album; two performances of Jóhannsson’s ACME-commissioned Drone Mass at Duke Performances and Big Ears; a concert of composer Lisa Bielawa’s works at National Sawdust; and a performance with Jóhannsson at the LA Phil’s Reykjavik Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    ACME’s dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. ACME’s many collaborators have included The Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Gibney Dance, actress Barbara Sukowa, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Grizzly Bear, Low, Matmos, Jeff Mangum, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Lionheart, and Theo Bleckmann. The group has performed at leading venues including Carnegie Hall, BAM, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, The Met Museum, Constellation Chicago, Stanford Live, UCLA, Peak Performances, Melbourne Recital Hall, Big Ears, Sydney Opera House, the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Poland, and All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK, among many others.

    March 9, 2018 performers:
    Laura Lutzke, violin
    Ben Russell, violin
    Caleb Burhans, viola
    Clarice Jensen, cello
    Peter Dugan, piano