Musical Performance: The Mimesis Ensemble

Sat, November 8, 2008 8:00 pm at Merkin Hall

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Presents its Inaugural Concert


Featuring a work by its composer in residence, Halim El-Dabh, Egypt's foremost living composer of classical music, and two works by the fast-rising Arab composer Mohammed Fairouz, whose work, Tahwidah (Lullaby), set to the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and commissioned by Alwan for the Arts, will premiere in December.

Tickets: $15, Students and Seniors $7

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The Mimesis Ensemble will also perform at Alwan on Saturday, December 6, 2008:


Halim El-Dabh, String Quartet No. 1: Metamorphosis and Fugue on Egyptian Folklore (1951)
Mohammed Fairouz, Three Novelettes (2008) (world premiere)
John Heiss, Meditations and Arguments (2006) (NYC premiere)
Martin Bresnick, Wir Weben, Wir Weben (1978) (NYC premiere)
Anthony De Ritis, Plum Blossoms (2001)
Mohammed Fairouz, Three Shakespeare Songs (2006) (NYC premiere)
Gunther Schuller, Chimeric Images (1988)

Tickets: $15, Students and Seniors $7 Discount prices only available through the box office (212) 501-3330


About Mimesis Ensemble:

Mimesis opens its first season in 2008-2009 with a dynamic series of four concerts comprised of solo, chamber, and chamber orchestra works by the world’s foremost living composers. Established with the vision of merging the highest quality compositions with the highest quality performances, Mimesis strives to foster close relations with the composers it programs. With great excitement Mimesis announces its first composer-in-residence, the foremost living Egyptian composer Halim El-Dabh. El-Dabh will be featured throughout the season, and the concluding concert will be devoted to his extraordinary achievements.

Members of the ensemble are among the most promising musicians of the upcoming generation. They come from renowned conservatories and universities, including The New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Boston Conservatory, and Columbia University. Members of the ensemble frequently appear in prestigious venues and festivals, such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival’s Britten-Pears Program, Tanglewood Music Center, Banff Music Centre, and the Aspen Summer Music Festival. These vigorous advocates for the flourishing of music are passionately dedicated to the performance of contemporary music.

Composers will frequently be engaged both with the performance and rehearsal process of their works. Anticipating a rich future of collaborations between Mimesis and the composers it programs, several prominent composers have agreed to conduct and/or rehearse works for the opening season. Mimesis is honored to have the extraordinary composers Malcolm Peyton and John Heiss conduct the ensemble both on their own works and other pieces they advocate.

Last updated: 2008-11-06 12:00:56

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