Abstract for Winds

Abstract for Winds


September 23, 2017

2:30 PM-3:15 PM

Lunder Center at Stone Hill

In celebration of No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts and As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings, the Clark presents “Abstract Expressions,” focusing on the aural history of the abstract expressionism period. The program features the music of American composers performed in various locations on the Clark’s campus.

Part III of the event is an outdoor chamber music performance featuring a variety of musicians performing Edgard Varèse’s Octandre (1923), Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Suite, for Wind Quintet (1952), and Elliott Carter’s Woodwind Quintet (1948).

The full day of programming includes four parts. Parts I and IV are ticketed events; parts II and III are free.

Part I, 1–2 pm: International Contemporary Ensemble Chamber Concert
Members of the noted ensemble and its conductor, David Fulmer, perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Pauline Oliveros’s Earth Ears (fresh from performing this piece at the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival). “...Every ‘icicle,’ as its members are affectionately called, possesses the requisite killer instinct to tackle virtuosic new music.” (New York Times)
Tickets: $20 ($18 members)
Michael Conforti Pavilion

Part II, 2–4 pm: Piano Concert
Pianist Conor Hanick performs Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories and a composition by David Fulmer, inspired by Helen Frankenthaler’s Tethys.
Museum Pavilion

Part III, 2:30–3:15 pm: Abstract for Winds
Outdoor chamber music performance featuring works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Elliott Carter, and Edgard Varèse.
Spencer Terrace, Lunder Center at Stone Hill

Part IV, 5–6 pm: Chamber Music Concert
Members of the Ensemble Connect perform works by John Cage, Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, and Charles Wuorinen.
Tickets: $20 ($18 members)
Michael Conforti Pavilion


David Fulmer,
conductor, is a leader in his generation of composer-performers. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and summer 2017 guest artist at Tanglewood. New commissions include the New York Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and Amsterdam’s Asko Ensemble, among others.

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performers, curators, and educators, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s thirty-five members (some of whom will perform in “Abstract Expressions”) are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators. A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, ICE was also named 2014 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America.

Conor Hanick is a pianist that “defies human description” for some (Concerto Net) and recalls “a young Peter Serkin” for others (The New York Times). He has performed to acclaim throughout the world with some of the leading ensembles, instrumentalists, and conductors, and worked with composers as diverse as John Adams and Pierre Boulez. Hanick recently appeared with The Juilliard Orchestra in Milton Babbitt's Second Piano Concerto at Alice Tully Hall; the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Piano Concerto; and Alan Gilbert in György Ligeti's Piano Concerto for the New York Philharmonic Biennial. This season he presents recitals in New York, Houston, Portland, Indianapolis, and Chicago for the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW series; joins The Knights at the Kennedy Center; and collaborates with composers Caroline Shaw, Chris Cerrone, and Sam Adams. A recent finalist for the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, Mr. Hanick is a graduate of Northwestern University and The Juilliard School.

Ensemble Connect—formerly known as Ensemble ACJW—is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States, preparing them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

This program is made possible in part with the support of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. 

Image: Elliott Carter (right)