Composers Facing the Sublime

TRANSIT will be performing three special works on the GraceMusic series at Grace Church Nyack in November.

If you were at our DoubleBill in June, you heard Albertas Navickas‘ Midsummer Music for clarinet, violin, and piano. The sonic world Navickas creates in this piece is a beautiful and meditative one, and we look forward to playing it in a resonant space.

David Biedenbender‘s Red Vesper was inspired by the setting sun on the red rock formations of Capitol Reef National Park. Red Vesper is for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, and we feel lucky to have found such a perfect fit for this program.

Also on the program is Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Although we rarely perform works written before this millennium, this is something we have always wanted to perform together. Undoubtedly one of the most iconic works from World War II, this piece is transformative and awe-inspiring.

Joining us will be special guest violinist Pauline Kim Harris.

Grace Church Nyack
Sunday, November 13 at 4:00
130 1st Ave, Nyack, NY
Tickets: $20/$15 seniors/$5 students

DoubleBill Series continues in June

TRANSIT is thrilled to announce that our DoubleBill series will be continuing on Thursday, June 23rd at 8pm.

We have teamed up with award-winning Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, who has co-curated the program. The Lithuanian half of the program will showcase works by Albertas Navickas, Lukrecjia Petkutè, and Ramūnas Motiekaitis, along with the world premiere of a trio by Martinaitytė. The New York half of the program will feature works by Leaha Maria Villareal, Brooks Frederickson, and Loren Loiacono, along with a New York premiere of a percussion solo by Daniel Wohl.

We will be performing at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, which lends itself well to chamber music.

Stay tuned for updates about this program as we approach the date!

EARUNIT in NYC!

TRANSIT is excited to continue our collaboration with our friends in Denmark’s groundbreaking composers collective EARUNIT on October 16! We will be performing new works by Carsten Bo Eriksen (aka mbd73), Ejnar Kanding, Li-Ying Wu, and Frode Andersen. We will also be fortunate to have Eriksen and Kanding performing live electronics with us at the performance.

This concert is a special one for us because it marks the third collaboration with members of EARUNIT, and it will be the first time we perform an entire program of their music.

Please join us for this free concert at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (W. 37th Street btw 9/10, more info here) at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 16.  We will have wine for sale – and maybe we can persuade our friends to bring some treats from Denmark as well!

Corps Exquis on tour

We are really excited to take Corps Exquis on tour – this time to Virginia and Philadelphia!

 

On Thursday, March 26, we will perform at the Bright Box Theatre in Winchester, VA, presented by Shenendoah University.

On Friday, March 27, we will perform at FringeArts in Philadelphia, PA.

 

We are looking forward to having special guests Vicky Chow, Pauline Kim, and Eileen Mack join us on this tour!!

 

Stay tuned to our facebook and twitter feeds for updates as we journey down South, and check out our upcoming events page for more details.

Haxan at Cornell

TRANSIT goes for the high spook-factor on November 14 at Cornell University.

We will be performing our original score to the 1922 silent Swedish/Danish film Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. Directed by Benjamin Christensen, Häxan was banned and heavily censored in the USA because of its graphic nature. It is an incredible work, and we anticipate the setting of Cornell University’s Sage Chapel to be the perfect setting for this film!

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Showtime is 7pm. The film is subtitled and runs 1 hour and 45 minutes. Admission is free. You might want to leave the young ones at home for this – it is not a tame film! Häxan is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Surrealism and Magic at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. You can thank these folks for organizing the event: Johnson Museum and Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and Cornell University’s Kroch Library. Supported in part by the Cornell Council for the Arts, Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival, French Studies Program, Cornell Cinema, Department of Music, and the Wharton Studio Museum.

Basic info here.

Here’s the film on youtube – with a very different musical score than ours!

Sage Chapel: 147 Hoplaza, Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850