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NWS BLUE Projects

2021-22 NWS BLUE PROJECTS

During the 2021-22 season, NWS Fellows are participating in NWS BLUE projects. Standing for Build, Learn, Understand and Experiment, NWS’s BLUE program is a combination of leadership and entrepreneurship training and hands-on experimentation that provides NWS Fellows with a comprehensive skill set to complement their musical training. 

NWS BLUE projects allow all Fellows to pursue musical activism based on their personal interests with their own original initiatives, from concept to execution. These special projects guide their continued development, while demonstrating music's ability to have a positive impact on the community, and benefiting South Florida programs and businesses. 

This season, BLUE project opportunities became available to the NWS network of alumni as well. The four selected alumni projects for 2021-22 will receive support and mentorship virtually as they execute their entrepreneurial endeavors around the globe.

NWS BLUE projects are made possible with support from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation and NWS’s Fund for New Ventures.

 

Performance-Based Projects 

MUSICIANS’ FORUM 
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Scott Jackson, Scott Leger, Margeaux Maloney, Gabe Napoli 
Curated and produced by the Fellows, Musicians’ Forums come alive in the New World Center’s Performance Hall through musical inspiration, spontaneity and unique artistic partnerships. 

SOLO SPOTLIGHT: PATHWAYS THROUGH PARIS 
Monday, November 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Johanna Gruskin, Clare Bradford, Wesley Ducote
An evening of chamber flute works by three composers—Heitor Villa-Lobos, Yuko Uebayashi and Louise Farrenc—who called Paris home at some point during their careers. We will hear how each blended Parisian influences with musical traditions ranging from Brazilian folk music to German romanticism. 

MUSICIANS’ FORUM 
Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Scott Jackson, Scott Leger, Margeaux Maloney, Gabe Napoli 
Curated and produced by the Fellows, Musicians’ Forums come alive in the New World Center’s Performance Hall through musical inspiration, spontaneity and unique artistic partnerships. 

SOLO SPOTLIGHT: NATURAL ELEMENT 
Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Eleni Katz, Thomas Steigerwald
A multimedia recital that brings audiences on a three-part sensory journey through the elements of water, earth, and wind. We will explore the sounds, colors, textures, boundaries, and capabilities of the bassoon, oboe, and human voice.   

INSIDE THE MUSIC: MUSIC MIRRORING IDENTITY—REFLECTIONS IN PERFORMANCE 
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellow: Chava Appiah 
An evening of works reflecting Cello Fellow Chava Appiah’s own identities. She will discuss what it means to programs works of people “like me” and whether that translates to a fuller artistic and audience experience. Self-reflection and engagement will be encouraged throughout the evening.

CAROL OF THE BASSES
Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET
Fellows: Lindsey Orcutt, Douglas Aliano, Antonio Escobedo, Levi Jones, Josephine Kim, Michael Martin, Eric Windmeier  
An all-bassist ensemble will perform holiday repertoire, including commissioned new arrangements of local favorites, at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

BUENOS AIRES TANGO
Friday, January 7, 2022 at 7:30 PM ET
Fellows: Isabel Kwon, Camila Berg, Ann Cho, Julia Karstens, Jiyoung Lee, Bradley Parrimore, Joo Bin Yi
This tango program will have you on your feet! Audiences will enjoy a lively selection of both new and traditional tango, waltz and milonga repertoire. Featuring guest artists Héctor del Curto and Alex Roitman on bandoneon and Pablo Estigarribia on piano, with dancers Analía Centurión and Jeremias Fors.Ticket price includes optional 6:30pm pre-concert introductory tango dance class in the Truist Pavilion.

SOLO SPOTLIGHT: A LABYRINTH OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS 
Monday, January 31, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Phoebe Powell, Amy Sunyoung Lee, Charlie Rosmarin
Enjoy an evening of contemporary harp music featuring some of the most groundbreaking contemporary pieces written for the harp in the 20th century. From Scottish legends to the Greek myths of Ariadne and Theseus, these works explore the vast range of colors, sounds and extended techniques capable on the harp.

MUSICIANS’ FORUM 
Monday, February 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Scott Jackson, Scott Leger, Margeaux Maloney, Gabe Napoli 
Curated and produced by the Fellows, Musicians’ Forums come alive in the New World Center’s Performance Hall through musical inspiration, spontaneity and unique artistic partnerships. 

INSIDE THE MUSIC: EURASIAN FOLK TRADITIONS - HEARING HERITAGE THROUGH STRING QUARTETS 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Sophia Bernitz, Ben Fryxell, Yankı Karatas, Mario Rivera 
In this string quartet program, we will travel the globe exploring the folk roots and influences heard in the music of Eurasian composers representing a variety of cultures. 

BLUE WAVES 
Friday, March 11, 2022 at 7:30 PM ET 
Fellows: Amy Sunyoung Lee, Christina Choi, James Churchill, Natsuko Takashima
Join Fellows for a multimedia program exploring the innermost aspects of the human experience, with music and immersive visual art serving as the emotional gateways to a guided journey that ultimately celebrates our collective resilience. 

SOLO SPOTLIGHT: NEW WORKS FOR PERCUSSION AND PIANO FEATURING PATHOS TRIO 
Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Marcelina Suchocka, Joe Desotelle, Matthew Kibort
A program of new works by young composers that combines aesthetics of both the classical and contemporary genres with dark, dense sounds. Influenced by alternative and electronic music, expect to hear raw, edgy, and powerful soundscapes that will engage audiences with the music of Alyssa Weinberg, Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, Alan Hankers, Finola Merivale, Gene Koshinski and Evan Chapman. 

MUSICIANS’ FORUM 
Monday, March 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Scott Jackson, Scott Leger, Margeaux Maloney, Gabe Napoli 
Curated and produced by the Fellows, Musicians’ Forums come alive in the New World Center’s Performance Hall through musical inspiration, spontaneity and unique artistic partnerships. 

INSIDE THE MUSIC: ECHOES OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
Monday, March 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET
Fellows: Gabrielle Monachino, Hosanna Carella, Emilio Carlo, Vivian Chang 
NWS Fellows will present a vibrant multidisciplinary chamber program connecting the Harlem Renaissance’s artistic legacy to today. In tracing the musical roots of contemporary composers, we can follow their lineage not only to 1920s Harlem but to companion artistic movements across the country. Developed under the guidance of MTT and musicologist Dr. Tammy Kernodle.

INSIDE THE MUSIC: WHAT THE HECK! (EXPLORING THE HECKELPHONE) 
Monday, April 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Carolyn Farnand, Kenneth Chauby
In this rare opportunity to hear a lesser-known double reed instrument, audiences will be introduced to the heckelphone, explore its origins and use, and experience its unique, rich baritone timbre. 

BEER AND BRASS 
Friday, April 15, 2022 at 7:30 PM ET   
Fellows: Andrew Abel, Guangwei Fan, Gianluca Farina, Thea Humphries, Morgen Low, Noah Roper
Brass chamber repertoire is paired with a variety of beers during a uniquely effervescent program in partnership with Veza Sur Brewing.  

SOLO SPOTLIGHT: CREATIVE DIALOGUES 
Monday, April 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellow: Wesley Ducote 
An evening of commissioned premieres for solo piano, featuring the fresh artistic voices of young composers Paul Novak, Ben Morris, Yu-Tung Cheng, Max Vinetz, Clare Glackin, and Jessica Mays. Includes discussion on what goes into the process of creating new music. 

MUSICIANS’ FORUM 
Monday, April 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellows: Scott Jackson, Scott Leger, Margeaux Maloney, Gabe Napoli 
Curated and produced by the Fellows, Musicians’ Forums come alive in the New World Center’s Performance Hall through musical inspiration, spontaneity and unique artistic partnerships. 

INSIDE THE MUSIC: SOLSTICE
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET 
Fellow: Eli Pandolfi 
Program featuring the premiere of a newly commissioned work for horn, chamber instruments, spoken word, and live electronic composer-performer. 

PLAYING FOR A CURE 
Fellows: Stephanie Block, Clare Bradford, Ka-Yeon Lee, Zoë Merrill, Jacquelyn O’Brien, Michael Rau, Dillon Welch, James Zabawa-Martínez
Fellows play uplifting music for cancer patients on-site at hospitals throughout Miami-Dade County, raising funds and awareness for the Histiocytosis Association and Compass to Care, a support program including those providing free services to low-income patients. 

YOGA FOR MUSICIANS
Fellows: Natalie Lee, Zoë Merrill 
Certified yoga instructors Natalie and Zoë will lead classes and develop tailored yoga resources to benefit Fellows and others in the greater music community. 

 

Digital Projects 

SOUND MIND: VIRTUAL MENTAL WELLNESS SUMMIT 
Fellow: Alexandria Hoffman 
Curating a mental wellness for musicians panel session featuring diverse perspectives, opening with the premiere of a new mental health-centric chamber commission, in collaboration with Sound Mind

CLEARING THE STAGE 
Fellow: Carson Marshall  
Guided meditative music commissions using dissonance as a point of focus. 

THE MARLEA NOTE 
Fellow: Marlea Simpson  
Videos and blog focusing on lifestyle content for classical musicians. 

@FELLOWSOFNWS 
Fellows: Margeaux Maloney, Michael Turkell 
Instagram social media account featuring engaging Fellow-curated content. 

FLUPANDALIN
Fellow: Scott Jackson 
Developing and premiering electronic backing track resources for gigging musicians by combining classical music with pop-influenced stylings and technology. 

DIGITAL HORN MEDIA EDUCATION 
Fellow: Scott Leger 
Gain targeted new A/V skillsets to produce educational content for young/amateur hornists and present findings to broader communities. 

AUDIENSYNC
Fellows: Thea Humphries, Zachary Ragent
Develop an interactive concert playbook education resource for Fellows/teaching artists/gigging musicians to produce effective and engaging activities in tandem with live performances.  

DEVELOPING BEST PRACTICES FOR THE MUSICAL ADHD COMMUNITY 
Fellows: Emily Yoshimoto, Sophia Bernitz, Sergio Carleo, James Churchill, Jesse Kasinger, Amy Lee, Jesse McCandless
Researching and piloting ADHD-centered resources for specialized musical pedagogy. 

 

College Track Mentorship Program 

Fellows: Gianluca Farina, Angelo Quail, Kevin Ritenauer, Luis Salazar, Bee Ungar 

Fellows in the College Track Mentorship Program will spend the 2021-22 season coaching and mentoring local high-school-aged musicians with demonstrated financial need from underserved communities. 

 

Alumni Projects

MUSIC SPEAKS: UNDILUTED DAYS
Alumna: Julia Yang
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
“Undiluted Days,” a program by Julia Yang’s Merz Trio, explores what it means to listen and what it means to make music now. Directed by Jon Levin and featuring major elegiac works by Black and female composers among others, the show will feature lighting design, prerecorded text, and projected titles working in tandem to explore the events leading up to the Tchaikovsky trio's composition, a piece that remembers and engages with life in all its light and darkness. Inspired by the solitary listening that has characterized the pandemic, the first half of the program operates as a "playlist" of music the Merz Trio has been preoccupied with lately: audiences will hear everything and anything, from Gesualdo to Jeffrey Mumford, via Edith Piaf and Irish folksong, all working in dialogue with the monumental Tchaikovsky trio that comprises the show's second half. Through associated outreach initiatives, the Merz Trio will also connect with Boston’s young musicians in interactive on-site mini-performances at schools in underresourced neighborhoods, and will provide free tickets to full mainstage performances to these students and their families. With “Undiluted Days,” the Merz Trio seeks to inspire through a concert experience as affecting musically as it is engaging in its educational, theatrical and interactive elements.

REIMAGINING THE CELLO / PIANO CANON
Alumna: Hilary Glen
Locations: Huntingdon, West Virginia; Morgantown, West Virginia; Waco, Texas; Springfield, Missouri; Granville, Ohio; Stillwater, Oklahoma
Through a six-city academic residency tour, Hilary Glen and collaborator Sun Min Kim will bring to university cello studios a body of work for cello and piano by BIPOC and female composers that has largely been a specialized area of research within musicology to date. By working directly with young cellists and pianists, engaging new audiences in a lecture-recital format, collaborating with campus DEI offices and affinity groups, and making sheet music for these works readily available, the duo seeks to change the standard canon of cello/piano repertoire through performance, pedagogy and outreach. An album of these recorded works will be released by PARMA Records in March 2022.

SKY GATE
Alumna: Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti’s newest composition honors Isamu Noguchi’s Sky Gate, one of the most prominent works of sculptural art at the City and County of Honolulu’s Civic Center. Every May and July, crowds gather at Sky Gate to observe Lāhainā Noon, a time of great energy when the sun is directly overhead and Sky Gate’s shadow forms a perfect ring, becoming a magnificent spectacle. As a Kanaka Maoli composer and scholar, Lanzilotti will translate complex Native Hawaiian concepts using contemporary compositional techniques. The performance of this work by local musicians from Chamber Music Hawaiʻi below Sky Gate in May 2022 will encourage engagement with public space in new and innovative ways.

VIA ACADEMY
Alumni: Christopher Robinson, Corbin Castro, Andrea Beyer
Location: Virtual
VIA Academy offers students from remote and underrepresented communities in classical music access to instrumental skill training and broader outlooks on their future career decisions, while focusing on the purpose of classical music in culture and community. The academy empowers youth grades 9-12 across the U.S. with high-quality music education using an approach that strives to widen the perspectives of a career in music and not limit students to one focus area. VIA Academy’s curriculum includes community-building, entrepreneurial skills, career path exploration, networking, fundraising, wellness, musicianship, and more as it seeks to evolve the classical music profession.


We invite you to learn more about NWS BLUE by perusing the program’s most recent annual report: 
NWS BLUE Projects Annual Report 2020-21

 

 

 

 

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