NEW SEASON! 2015-2016

On Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3 PM, Relâche, the new music ensemble, presents its first annual Dina Wind Concert with a new commission by Ryan Olivier, in the historic and acoustically excellent auditorium of the Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine Street in south Philadelphia. The program will be repeated on October 28 at 8:15 PM at West Chester University, Swope Music Building, 817 South High Street in West Chester.

Relâche, the mixed octet with a chamber orchestra sound, now in its 38th season, will present its first concert honoring the legacy of Dina Wind, the Philadelphia artist and philanthropist who passed away a year ago. She, with the support of her family, chose to endow the annual commission of a new work for Relâche: Three Artistic Glimpses by young Philadelphia composer Ryan Olivier will be premiered at the October 18 and 28 performances. Olivier was inspired by Dina Wind’s own sculpture and has created a multi-media work, including composed and semi-improvised music, projected images controlled in real time by Olivier at his laptop, plus eight of Wind’s metal sculptures which will not only be visible, but which are substantial enough and resonant enough to be struck with mallets, thus becoming percussion instruments themselves. Olivier’s three miniatures will each feature projected images, derived from different technical procedures, and including views of Dina Wind’s work, images from the performance itself, and stop-motion animation. Olivier studied at Loyola University, later earning a doctorate at Temple, where he now teaches. His chamber works can be heard on the Melos Music CD series, and his works featuring electronics have traveled to Taiwan, the UK, and Iceland.

Ryan Olivier composer

The program also features three outstanding works from the Relâche catalogue of commissions, When the Spirit Catches You…(2004), also with projected images, in this case art work created by epilepsy patients, with music composed by Philadelphia’s Cynthia Folio; Timberline by Lois V. Vierk, commissioned by Relâche in 1991 (the Relâche recording of Timberline has recently been re-released on a compilation CD of Vierk’s music by New World Records); and HRT (1995) by the celebrated UK composer Michael Nyman. The Nyman and Folio works have also been recorded by Relâche.

For the October 18 performance at Fleisher, tickets are $15 at the door, and there is a special for students with ID: $5 plus bring along one additional student for free.

The other concerts by Relâche for the ’15-’16 season will take place at the Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, all at 3 PM, on Saturday February 27, featuring Turkish-themed music, on Sunday April 10 featuring baritone singer Thomas Buckner and the music of Robert Ashley, and on Sunday June 12 featuring live accompaniment to short silent films, including by Méliès, also silent cartoons, plus Entr’acte with music by Eric Satie.

Contact Relâche via emailing Chuck Holdeman,

or calling (215) 574-8248.