New Music Happenings Around Town

By Brian Potter on March 27, 2012

New music lovers take note -- a pair of upcoming events at Penn and Temple will shine a light on some of the more interesting contemporary music happening around town.

  • This Wednesday night, the University of Pennsylvania presents a concert entitled "Penn Musical Traditions:  Wail of the Voice!" featuring music by faculty composers past and present. Artists will include the Daedalus Quartet (Penn's Ensemble-in-Residence heard earlier this year on the PCMS series), Samuel Lorber (saxophone), Michele Kelly (flute), Matt Bengtson (piano), and Greg DeTurck (piano) performing Anna Weesner's Sound as Four, Sound as One; James Primosch's Piano Variations; Jay Reise's Yellowstone Rhythms; and George Crumb's Voice of the Whale. Part of the new Public Lives of Music Series, the concert will be held on March 28 at 8 pm in the Rose Recital Hall (4th floor of Fisher-Bennett Hall at 34th and Walnut on the Penn campus). Admission is free, and a reception follows the concert.
  • Temple University composer, Young Friends card holder, and all-around good guy Daniel Fox sent word about Contemplum's upcoming concerts. Presenting new music by Temple University composers, the group offers a pair of April dates featuring the Temple Composers Orchestra and conductor Adam Vidiksis. You can hear new works by Fox and other Temple up-and-comers this Wednesday, April 4th at 8 pm at the Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square) and Friday, April 13th at 12 pm at the Learning Center Auditorium on Temple's Ambler campus. The full program of premieres can be found here.