Relâche New Music Ensemble, in residence at the Penn Museum and celebrating 40 years of music making, will offer a panel discussion with live performances June 23 at 10:30 AM, a program featuring brand new, and older (but still new!) music June 23 at 2 PM, and on June 24 at 2 PM more recent Relâche commissions. On Saturday, June 23rd at 10:30 AM, join the ensemble for a discussion with Relâche composers, performers, and personalities past and present. In addition Relâche will perform works-in-progress by its three young composers-in-residence, Mike Stambaugh, Josh Hey, and Erica Ball, co-sponsored by American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter. Later, at 2 PM, Relâche will present “Older Works Still New,” featuring music commissioned by Relâche in its earlier years plus the world premiere of composer Kile Smith’s Adieu, Adieu in memory of Romulus Franceschini, the commission supported by the Musical Fund Society. Other composers represented will be accordionist Guy Klucevsek who will perform, Mary Ellen Childs, Joseph Kasinskas, Bill Duckworth, Fred Ho, Paul A. Epstein, and Thomas Albert. On June 24th at 2 PM we will close our anniversary weekend with a program of “Recent Music Still New,” including Relâche commissions by Philip Glass, Andrea Clearfield, Kyle Gann, Eric Moe, Paul Lansky, Leslie Savoy Burrs, and Arturo Marquez.
Events and concerts for Relâche’s 40th Anniversary Weekend will take place in the Penn Museum’s Widener Hall. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 for seniors; $10 for Penn Museum members; and $5 for students with ID, with an accompanying student free. A ticket may be used to enter and explore the Museum galleries any time after 1:00 pm on the day of the concert. The panel discussion is free but does not include museum admission.
Discussing Relâche’s history and the state of new music in Philadelphia will be Kile Smith, Guy Klucevsek, Mary Ellen Childs, Andrea Clearfield, Anna Weesner, Thomas Albert, Joseph Kasinskas, Cynthia Folio, Jay Fluellen, Kyle Gann, and Relâche co-founders Joseph Franklin and Joe Showalter, moderated by Relâche co-artistic director Lloyd Shorter. The panel will speak of their association with the ensemble, and their thoughts on new music in Philadelphia past, present, and future. The panel session will include performances of works-in-progress by Relâche’s young composers-in-residence – Erica Ball’s Riding the EL, Joshua Hey’s Recreation, and Mike Stambaugh’s The Gerontocrat.
“Older Works Still New” on Saturday at 2 PM will include three pieces by Guy Klucesvek: The Swan and the Vulture (2014), Little Big Top (2014), and Haywire Rag (a Waltz), with the former two pieces featuring Guy on the accordion; Paul A. Epstein’s Chamber Music: Three Songs from Home (1986) – a collaboration with American novelist and poet Toby Olson; the premiere performance of Adieu, Adieu (an imaginary song) by Kile Smith, written in memory of early Relâche composer and champion Romulus Francheschini; Mary Ellen Childs’ Parterre, Part 1 (1988); Joseph Kasinska’s The Rider, from Demeter’s Lament (1991); selections from William Duckworths’s Simple Songs about Sex and War (1984); selections from Fred Ho’s Contradiction, Please! The Revenge of Charlie Chan (1992), and Thomas Albert’s A Maze (with Grace) (1975).
The Sunday 2 PM concert “More Recent Works Still New” features Trax (1997, rev. 2002) by longtime Relâche keyboardist Andrea Clearfield; Eric Moe’s 8 Point Turn (2001); Paul Lansky’s Comix Trips (2008-09); two selections from Kyle Gann’s The Planets (1994-2008) “Venus” and “Mars”; music from TSE (Persephone) (1994) by the famed minimalist composer Philip Glass; Arturo Marquez’s Octeto (1996); and Leslie Savoy Burrs’ Voyeuristic Absurdities (2001).
These events are supported by The Presser Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter.