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Apr 8, 2020 8:30 pm
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Climate Music

Icarus in Flight / Richard Festinger
Climate: A New Sotry / Kate Honey

By combining composer’s expertise, scientific data and
photomontage, we will guide you through an audiovisual
experience that narrates the story of climate change
Musicians: Lotami and friends

April 8, 2020, 8:30 pm
De Roode Bioscoop
Amsterdam

Apr 9, 2020 8:00 pm
Illinois Wesleyan University, , Bloomington, IL, , United States
Ancuza Aprodu, piano
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Ancuza Aprodu, Piano

French pianist born in Romania, Ancuza Aprodu began studying piano at the age of 4 and one year later won the Interpretation Competition of Suceava. She obtained her Piano Diploma at the National Academy “G.VERDI” of Turin and won prizes at several international competitions. In the realm of contemporary music, she contributed for several years as permanent member or as an invited soloist, to the activities of such ensembles as Antidogma Musica, I solisti della Camerata Casella, Neues Ensemble Linz and in particular L’Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain.

Apr 22, 2020 8:00 pm
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Icarus in Flight is an original chamber work by composer Richard Festinger in collaboration with The ClimateMusic Project.

Icarus in Flight models three human drivers of climate change – population growth, fossil fuel use, and land-use change – over two centuries, from 1880-2080.

The work is comprised of three large sections played without pause: the first representing the years 1880 to 1945, when the data are growing slowly; the second from 1945 to 2015 when growth accelerates exponentially; and the third from 2015 to 2080.

-Population growth controls the average density of musical events over time. In this context, density means the number of musical events in a given time period.

-Carbon emissions control the frequency range of the music, from lowest to highest pitch, increasing gradually from a perfect fifth in the middle register to a span of 6.25 octaves, before collapsing to almost nothing.

-Land-use is represented by the increasing proportion of music that is played with specialized timbres (tone colors), including mainly rapid tremolo bowing, and bowing close to the bridge

In the last section, our future, the controlling data alternate between two greenhouse gas concentration scenarios developed by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations. These two scenarios represent our current path (RCP 8.5) and a path with mitigation action (RCP 2.6). They are named after the amount of extra solar radiation that is retained by the Earth (8.5 and 2.6 Watts/m2, respectively). The path with mitigation action would limit the temperature increase from pre-industrial levels to below 2 degrees C, while on our current path, average temperatures could rise over 5 degrees C by 2100.

Apr 28, 2020 4:00 pm
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Icarus in Flight is an original chamber work by composer Richard Festinger in collaboration with The ClimateMusic Project.

Icarus in Flight models three human drivers of climate change – population growth, fossil fuel use, and land-use change – over two centuries, from 1880-2080.

The work is comprised of three large sections played without pause: the first representing the years 1880 to 1945, when the data are growing slowly; the second from 1945 to 2015 when growth accelerates exponentially; and the third from 2015 to 2080.

-Population growth controls the average density of musical events over time. In this context, density means the number of musical events in a given time period.

-Carbon emissions control the frequency range of the music, from lowest to highest pitch, increasing gradually from a perfect fifth in the middle register to a span of 6.25 octaves, before collapsing to almost nothing.

-Land-use is represented by the increasing proportion of music that is played with specialized timbres (tone colors), including mainly rapid tremolo bowing, and bowing close to the bridge

In the last section, our future, the controlling data alternate between two greenhouse gas concentration scenarios developed by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations. These two scenarios represent our current path (RCP 8.5) and a path with mitigation action (RCP 2.6). They are named after the amount of extra solar radiation that is retained by the Earth (8.5 and 2.6 Watts/m2, respectively). The path with mitigation action would limit the temperature increase from pre-industrial levels to below 2 degrees C, while on our current path, average temperatures could rise over 5 degrees C by 2100.

May 8, 2020 8:00 pm
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Cantata Singers’ season concludes with two cantatas by J.S. Bach and the world premiere of a new work by Richard Festinger. Cantata BWV 79, “Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild," begins the program with an energetic, festive magnificence, celebrating God, while Cantata BWV 78, “Jesu, der du meine Seele,” concludes with a meditative profundity. The new untitled work by Festinger is his first commission with Cantata Singers. It is supported in part by the Fromm Music Foundation.

A pre-concert talk, free to all ticketholders, will be given at 7pm in Williams Hall.
Following the performance, all are invited to attend a free post-concert reception.

Program:
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 79, "Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild"
Richard Festinger: New Work
World Premiere of Cantata Singers' Commission
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele"

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