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Network for New Music 30th Anniversary Season

Press contacts:
Linda Reichert (Artistic Director)
Scott Ordway (Executive Director)

Network for New Music, the award-winning chamber ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing works by living composers, is pleased to announce its 2014–15 concert season. The ensemble celebrates its 30th American composers and a special collaborative work by 30 Philadelphia-area composers.

Exploring connections between music and the visual arts, Network will present events in collaboration with the Barnes Foundation and the Print Center in addition to the Curtis Institute of Music and Settlement Music School.

Network will present commissioned, world premiere works by: Michael Hersch, Stephen Hartke, Louis Karchin, Kristin Kuster, Jan Krzywicki, and Jeremy Gill and a Philadelphia premiere by William Kraft.

Tickets available here and; or by phone at 215.848.7647.


Made by All and Not by One: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

October 26, 2014, 4 pm
Settlement Music School Queen Village
416 Queen Street, Philadelphia

Tickets available here.

We invite you to a special 30th anniversary party and performance, with the unveiling of an entertaining hybrid work, created by 30 of Philadelphia’s finest composers. The model for this new work is the “Exquisite Corpse” Dadaist parlor game, where artists or poets draw or write a fragment on a piece of paper, fold it and pass it on to a new creator who only sees the previous fragment before adding his/her own creation. NNM invited 30 Philadelphia-area composers to each create 6 measures of a larger work (“made by all and not by one!”) which will emerge in a fantastical form and be performed by the Network Ensemble.


Network at the Barnes
February 27, 2015, 6–9 pm
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

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Philadelphia’s acclaimed Network for New Music presents a program of world premieres by important American composers, all created in response to the art, architecture, and landscape design at the Barnes Foundation. Network has commissioned chamber works from Stephen Hartke (LA), Louis Karchin (NYC), Kristin Kuster (Ann Arbor), and Jeremy Gill (Boston), each inspired by a specific aspect of the Foundation. In addition to the performances, the evening includes short talks, a cash bar, and light food.

Tickets include full collection access.


The Heart of Light and Dark
A Network / Curtis / Print Center Collaboration
April 19, 2015, 3 pm
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music
1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia

Tickets will be available soon.

Come experience stunning new works that explore Light and Dark in both psychological and spiritual terms. This program features “a breath upwards”, a major new 35-minute commission by composer Michael Hersch, which sets texts by Dante as well as by writers and poets referring to Dante’s work. Hersch’s new work is inspired by images created by the American master printmaker Michael Mazur, whose works will be the focus of a major solo show at the Print Center, a dynamic organization that supports printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts. The concert also includes “Catching Light”, a chamber music premiere by Jan Krzywicki; and “Three Portraits of Isabella”, by Curtis faculty composer David Ludwig. Audience members can peruse the Mazur exhibit prior to the concert; a composer / curator talk in the Print Center follows the event.

With special guest Ah Young Hong, soprano.


New Music by Curtis Composers
April 17, 2015, 4:30 pm
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music

Network musicians perform world premieres by Curtis composition students, created in response to the permanent collection at the Print Center. Join us for coffee, donuts, and new music.

The Heart of Light and Dark; outreach concert
April 20, 2015, 5 pm
Marshall Auditorium, Haverford College; Haverford PA