Relâche New Music Ensemble Presents Not So Quiet City With Peter Evans

caption: Peter Evans

Celebrated avant-garde trumpeter/composer Peter Evans and three members of his band join up with the Relâche New Music Ensemble, in residence at the Penn Museum, for Not So Quiet City, on Sunday, January 14 at 2 p.m.

Mr. Evans, the recipient of this year’s Dina Wind Commission, is renowned for his eclectic palette, collaborative spirit, and virtuosic playing. Improvisation and experimentation will permeate the concert’s program. In addition to some of his own improvisational compositions, the program includes Pauline Oliveros’ The Well, Chuck Holdeman’s Mural Music, a 2014 collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia, and a Relâche version of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City.

Ms. Oliveros’ The Well was originally composed for Relâche in 1983. Performers are given a musical palette from which to spontaneously create, and instructions on how to interact with one another, resulting in a sublime, unique sound every time the piece is performed. Relâche bassoonist Chuck Holdeman wrote Mural Music to accompany artist Shira Walinsky’s Southeast by Southeast mural, which celebrates the experiences of refugees from the Himalayan region who now live in South Philadelphia. Aaron Copland’s Quiet City closes the first half of the program, showcasing the improvisatory talents of both Relâche English horn player Lloyd Shorter and guest artist Mr. Evans over an achingly beautiful arrangement of Copland’s original music.

Mr. Evans takes over the second half, first showcasing his band, which includes Relâche keyboardist Ron Stabinsky as well as violinist Mazz Swift, percussionist Shayna Dunkelman, and bassist Moppa Elliot. The program ends with Mr. Evans’ new piece for Relâche, the Dina Wind Commission for this third annual Dina Wind Memorial Concert. Dina Wind (1938-2014) was a Philadelphia artist, philanthropist, and ardent Relâche supporter and board member whose endowment fund supports this program.

Not So Quiet City is presented in the Widener Hall of the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 for seniors; $10 for Penn Museum members; and $5 for students with ID, with an accompanying student free. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at www.penn.museum, or at the door subject to availability. Tickets may be used to enter and explore the Museum galleries any time after 1 p.m. on the day of the concert.