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Nunc did a three-day residency at Williams College in April, working with students and giving a concert that included works by Jay Schwartz, Ton That Tiet, Williams faculty Ileana Perez Velasquez, and Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran, who attended. During the residency, Nunc recorded two works by Ileana Perez Velasquez: Night Songs for bassoon and ensemble and her new piece for violin and ensemble, Lightning Whelks.

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Nunc gave two celebrated performances of Michael Hersch’s opera “On the Threshold of Winter” in October, in new productions at Peabody Institute in Baltimore and Blair School of Music in Nashville. The Baltimore Sun named the production one of their Best Classical events of 2015 – read review here

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The performers and composer onstage after an emotionally and musically demanding performance in Nashville:

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Nunc performed at the University of Wisconsin at Madison to a delighted audience. As part of the music department’s festival celebrating composer George Crumb, we played his quartet “Eleven Echoes of Autumn” with guest flute student Mi-Li Chang and “Four Nocturnes” for violin and piano, clarinet trios by Augusta Read Thomas and Sebastian Currier, and Laura Schwendinger’s “The Violinists in My Life”. We had a great time giving masterclasses and doing a workshop with the student composers:

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Nunc performed two concerts of music by Mario Davidovsky at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We played in the theater’s basement space where they present experimental music and theater. Miranda’s interview with MusicaClasicaBA is here (scroll down for English).

A few photos:
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Lined up post-performance, Fred Sherry, Ben Fingland, Barry Crawford, Miranda Cuckson, Mario Davidovsky, Tony Arnold, Aleck Karis, Don Palma, Richard O’Neill and Jason Vieaux

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Review in the newspaper Clarin:

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Nunc produced and performed the world premiere of Michael Hersch’s opera On the Threshold of Winter at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 25, 2014.  There was a substantial profile of Michael by Vivien Schweitzer in the Sunday Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times.

The performance was given an excellent review in the New York Times and a comprehensive review in Romanian paper Cotidianul.

 

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Nunc performed on February 7 and 8, 2014 at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, at the invitation of composer-in-residence Sebastian Currier. The program was based around the great trios for horn, violin and piano by Brahms and Ligeti, with Michael Atkinson on horn.  Miranda performed Brian Ferneyhough’s Intermedio alla ciaconna for violin, with the score projected onto a large screen at back of the stage. Pianist Blair McMillen played three piano etudes by David Rakowski, including a world premiere. The entire program was recorded and later broadcast on March 27 on radio station WWFM, along with an interview with David Osenberg. The interview is archived here. Listen to us discuss the works on the concert and how the composers approached their instruments, our thoughts on audience expectations and stylistic diversity, and what we like to do when not making music.

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Nunc received these reviews for its concert of Ralph Shapey’s music at the Contempo series of the University of Chicago. There was a great crowd and wonderful enthusiasm from the audience.

Chicago Tribune review: Contempo, Cuckson go beneath the surface at Logan

Chicago Classical Review: UC serves up an engaging tribute to Ralph Shapey

 

Miranda and Elsa Charlston, Ralph Shapey’s wife

 

Cyrus Beroukhim, Blair McMillen, Miranda Cuckson, David Fulmer, Chris Gross, Charles Neidich

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The Sudden Pianist, Richard Anderson’s documentary film about Michael Hersch, was chosen as an official selection of the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA. The film features footage of Michael performing live in a recital that was presented by Nunc in October 2011, at Merkin Hall in New York. The Sudden Pianist was screened on April 7, 2013. Michael performed live after the showing. 

 American Documentary Film Festival
www.thesuddenpianist.com 

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In May 2013, Nunc visited the Millbrook School in upstate New York, to share some contemporary music with students, faculty and local residents. In addition to the hour-long concert, it was a pleasure to talk about the sound worlds of two American (Elliott Carter, Anna Weesner) and three Italian (Oscar Bianchi, Marco Stroppa, Salvatore Sciarrino) composers, and to demonstrate the instrumental techniques they used, pass the music scores around and discuss how the artists notated their ideas.

 

 Audience member Dianne Engleke made some lovely drawings.

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Nunc‘s benefit concert on January 13 was much fun and raised several thousand dollars for Nunc’s upcoming projects. Below are photos of the event, including performances by Miranda Cuckson, Matei Varga, Michael Hersch, Ah Young Hong. It was great having everyone listening so attentively and close by, on sofas, folding chairs and sitting on the floor!