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Logo with background PDFThe University of Alabama Contemporary Ensemble is committed to performing the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including masterworks by established composers, music by emerging composers, and the music of the University of Alabama student and faculty composers.

Striving to present this body of art at an exceptionally high level, the ensemble aims to endow student performers with a strong foundation of knowledge for this canon of musical literature, to enlarge the audience for contemporary art music and to generate new opportunities for its performance both in Alabama and in tour locations.  The ensemble is dedicated to encouraging and nurturing the music and careers of the composers and performers of today.

Students interested in participating in the Contemporary Ensemble are encouraged to contact Music Director Amir Zaheri.

Contemporary Ensemble

Fall 2013

 Friday, August 30, 2013 – CONVOCATION   12:00 p.m. Concert Hall

“Contemporary Ensemble Presents” featuring music director Amir Zaheri, percussionist Scott O’Toole, and the a world premiere of In Due Time by student composer Tyler ENTELISANO.

 Friday, November 8, 2013 – UA SPECTRUM CONCERT   7:30 p.m. Concert Hall

Thomas WILSON – Burning Mirrors (solo for electric bassoon and percussion) – featuring bassoonist Ben Maclay and percussionist Scott O’Toole (WORLD PREMIERE)

Monday, November 25, 2013   7:30 p.m. – Concert Hall

Charles IVES – Psalm 90 – featuring the University of Alabama University Singers – John Ratledge, conductor

Alban BERG – Sieben frühe Lieder – featuring soprano Amy Little and pianist J. Bradley Baker

Peter Maxwell DAVIES – Eight Songs for a Mad King – featuring bass-baritone Paul Houghtaling

 † This concert will also feature the winning composition of the
First Annual W. Marvin Johnson Prize for Electronic Music.




Friday, February 7, 2014 – UA SPECTRUM CONCERT    7:30 p.m. – Concert Hall

Ten Yeen Chong – excerpt from Song Cycle – featuring soprano Lily Tseng, flutist Rose McDowell, and pianist J. Bradley Baker

 Wednesday, February 19, 2014    7:30 p.m. – Recital Hall

Benjamin BRITTEN – Canticles – featuring tenor Bradley Raymond, countertenor Daniel Bubeck, and bass-baritone Paul Houghtaling

Wednesday, April 9, 2014     7:30 p.m. – Concert Hall

Jacob SMITH – Work for Voice and Ensemble – featuring soprano Amy Little (WORLD PREMIERE)

Sofia GUBAIDULINA – Quasi Hoquetus – featuring bassoonist Ben Maclay, violist Dan Sweaney, and pianist J. Bradley Baker

Joan TOWER – Breakfast Rhythms I – featuring clarinetist Osiris Molina

Elliot CARTER – Canon for Three Equal Instruments – featuring Skip Snead and selected students from his horn studio

Igor STRAVINSKY – Berceuse du chat – featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Fleming and clarinetists Osiris J. Molina, Michael Abrams, and Devin Langham

Arnold SCHOENBERG – Herzgewächse, Op. 20 – featuring soprano Susan Williams

Samuel BARBER – Piano Sonata, Op. 26 – featuring pianist J. Bradley Baker