Detroit Institute of Art

TRANSIT will present two programs of works at the Detroit Institute of Art on May 4. The Friday Night Live! concert will take place in the Rivera Court, which features a stunning 27-panel fresco of industrial Detroit by Diego Rivera.

We will present two programs. The 7:00 program is Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. This masterpiece, like our second program, is scored for violin, clarinet, cello, and piano. It was written and premiered in a Prisoner of War camp in 1941. Messaien’s exquisite and brilliant writing takes the listener through a journey of colors, emotions, and other-worldly sounds.

The 8:30 program features works by living composers which also feature the sublime and the exquisite:

Albertas Navickas: Midsummer Music (2006)

Scott Wollschleger: Folding (2012)

Leah Maria Villarreal: Piano Trio I (2010)

Richard Carrick: Sonic Tapestry Communications (2010)

David Biedenbender: Red Vesper (2014)

Mary Kouyoumdjian: Sedna Beneath the Sea [Requiem, Above Waters] (2011)

Detroit Insitute of Arts: Friday Night Live! series
Friday, May 4: programs at 7pm and 8:30
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Free with admission to museum
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Necessary Noise In NJ

On Saturday, February 10, TRANSIT will perform in Mantra Percussion’s Necessary Noise Festival, which is organized by our percussionist, Joe Bergen. The festival features both students and professionals playing pieces which feature percussion, and there will be seven hours of music beginning at 2pm. We are scheduled to perform at 7pm, and we have an excellent hour-long program to present:

What I’m Trying to Say is… by Angélica Negrón

Piano Trio I by Leaha Villarreal

Lilly Pad by Ruby Fulton

in absentia by Paula Matthusen

Still Life with Avalanche by Missy Mazzoli
with special guest artist Katie Cox

I’ll Fly Away (adapted from By and By for String Quartet) by Caroline Shaw
with special guest artist Lainie Fefferman

This program will include mini megaphones, a Speak and Spell, harmonicas, and electronics floating out of the piano, among other surprises. Each piece is amazing on its own, and the whole program paints a picture of why we deserve to hear more music being written by women.

Leaha Villareal’s Piano Trio I commemorates the loss of the composer’s mother, drawing inspiration from this recycled sunlight installation by Robert Montgomery.


Hear our violinist Andie Springer perform with Lainie Fefferman in the 6 o’clock hour! They will be premiering new works by Lainie for violin, voice, and melodica.

Necessary Noise Festival
Rahway High School, Rahway NJ

Saturday, February 10

Encore Performance!

We enjoyed performing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and David Biedenbender’s Red Vesper in the Fall, and we are pleased to announce that we will be performing these two works again on the Carnegie Hill series at Church of the Advent Hope in NYC. Joining us is special guest violinist Pauline Kim Harris.

Please join us on March 28th for an evening of powerful and beautiful chamber music.

Tuesday, March 28: 7pm
Church of the Advent Hope: Carnegie Hill Concerts
111 E. 87th St, NYC
Free admission (suggested donation: $20 general/$10 students & seniors)

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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!