Zeitgeist is pleased to announce its 2014-15 series of cabarets, performances and celebrations to take place at Studio Z in Lowertown:
New Discoveries, Old Favorites
Oct. 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, 2 p.m.
Zeitgeist kicks off the 2014-15 season with the debut of the ensemble’s newest member, pianist Nicola Melville. A concert of favorites both old and new, the season opener features the world premiere of From Afar, the Dragon Calls by Minnesota composer Jeffrey Lambert, new music by Joshua Harris and Doug Opel, and long-treasured works from Eleanor Hovda and George Crumb.
6th Annual Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret
A four-day festival of new music from multiple genres, Zeitgeist’s 6th Annual New Music Cabaret highlights cutting-edge performances from the fringe of the Twin Cities music scene. An eclectic mix of the music of our time, this year’s cabaret includes performances by Zeitgeist, ANCIA Saxophone Quartet, Nautilus Music Theater, Steve Kenny Quartet, Ted Moore’s Gilgamesh and Enkidu, and more. Attend one or all shows for $10 per night.
Playing it Close to Home
Mar. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. at Studio Z; Mar. 15, 2 p.m. at Roseville High School
With winning songs from our Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Abbie Betinis, our annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program includes the world premiere of Betinis’s new work commissioned by Zeitgeist plus Nattsanger, her award-winning song cycle featuring guest soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw.
Zeitgeist’s Early Music Festival: Music of Stockhausen
As a group of musicians dedicated to the music of our time, we know the most meaningful expressions of today are informed by the musical contributions of yesterday. Zeitgeist’s 5th Annual Early Music Festival explores the powerful contributions of our musical pioneers with a celebration of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. One of the 20th century’s great visionaries, Stockhausen’s groundbreaking work in electronic and spatial music embraced new artistic possibilities and continues to shape new music today.
June 12-13, 7:30 p.m.; June 14, 2 p.m.
Celebrating 10 years of collaboration between Zeitgeist and composer Scott Miller, Zeitgeist looks back on a decade of artistic partnership with one of the Twin Cities’ most adventurous composers. The event marks the release of Miller’s new album Tipping Point with music from the CD and the reprise of Shape Shifting: Shades of Transformation, a lush electro-acoustic musical landscape with sensuous poetry by Phillipe Costaglioli.
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
Tickets: $10; $20 for fundraiser performances on Oct. 4, Mar. 14, Apr. 25, Jun. 13
Find tickets and details at zeitgeistnewmusic.org.
Founded in 1977, Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble consisting of two percussion, piano and woodwinds, and is one of the oldest and most successful new music groups in the country. Based in St. Paul, Minn., the group presents an annual concert series and delivers a wide variety of community-based performance programs for residents of the Twin Cities and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to bring newly created music to life with performances that engage and stimulate. Members are: Heather Barringer, percussion; Patti Cudd, percussion; Pat O’Keefe, woodwinds; Nicola Melville, piano.
Zeitgeist is supported by the The City of St. Paul’s Cultural STAR Program, The Amphion Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Lowertown Future Fund, the Target Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Albrecht Family Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund, The Mandel Family Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.