december, 2017

16dec2:00 pm- 4:00 pmEnsemble 4-33 presents Memory & Imagination


Event Details

Ensemble 4-33 presents “Memory & Imagination”

Rebecca Smithorn, conductor
with Ledah Finck, violin

$10 advance $5 student $13 day of show

Baltimore’s Ensemble 4-33 presents their official debut performance, “Memory & Imagination,” featuring the works of Earle Brown, Joanna Bailie, Bill Drummond, Pauline Oliveros, and John Cage, who was the inspiration behind the group’s formation and the composer of its namesake. Born from a graduate performance seminar at Peabody, the group now presents excellent, innovative performances of experimental and avant-garde music from mid-century to present. Find out more at

Guest artist Ledah Finck frequently performs around Baltimore and beyond as a classical soloist and chamber musician, fiddle and jazz player, and improviser. An active supporter of contemporary music, she is a founding member/director of violin/flute duo The Witches and the violist of Trio Jinx, a flute/bass/viola ensemble which was selected by the Young Artist Development Series to present a week of extensive performing and teaching in Mesa, Arizona in April 2017. Find out more at

Earle Brown’s Centering is a violin concerto reinvented in Brown’s hallmark “mobile” style, with the content of the music determined by choices made in real-time by the performers. The work takes its name from “the mental and physical ‘centering’ in the sense of balancing and the gathering and focusing of one’s resources as necessary to “perform well” in any life situation.” In Brown’s Four Systems, we see the composer’s hallmark style at work in a chamber music setting.

Joanna Bailie’s Artificial Environments Nos. 1-5 integrates acoustic instruments, soundscapes recorded throughout Europe, and an “unreliable auditory programme note” to weave the process and explanation of composing music into the music itself. “But,” Bailie says, “Scratch the surface of this explanation a little, though, and it becomes clear that the text is simply a metaphor…”

Bill Drummond’s STOP is one of hundreds of scores written for and by The17 and relies entirely upon the audience’s memory and imagination.

John Cage’s 4’33”, the namesake of the group, is widely regarded as the piece that broke open the idea of what could be called music. It would be erroneous to describe the work as four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence, as no environment is ever truly silent, and the players’ inactivity allows the music of those particular minutes and seconds to come forth and be heard.

Pauline Oliveros’ Light Piece for David Tudor is an intense sonic and visual experience, written for piano, two-channel tape, and elements of refracted light. Artistic Director Rebecca Smithorn worked with the composer and original artist Anthony Martin to reconstruct this work shortly before Oliveros’ passing last year. This will be the first performance of the work since its premiere in 1969.

Ensemble 4-33 is a fiscally sponsored project of Strong City Baltimore. This performance is made possible by the generous support of the Earle Brown Music Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the The Baker Artist Portfolios,


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