Lisa Ragsdale's "September Skies"

September 11, 2014

This Sunday, September 14, The University of Minnesota Wind Quintet will perform September Skies, a concert of works by Minneapolis composer Lisa Ragsdale. Lisa has composed works for mixed chorus as well as a variety of solo and chamber ensemble works for winds and brass, with a special emphasis on woodwinds. Sunday’s concert includes four premiere performances and the reprise of “In a Dark Time,” her second wind quintet. Lisa shares the inspiration behind these new works below. 

Woodwind Quintet No. 2 "In a Dark Time" (2006)

The second wind  quintet, In a Dark Time, was the second attempt at composing a second wind quintet. The first attempt was so bad I shed no tears when I destroyed it. This work was composed in 2006, as in November 2005 I was diagnosed with epilepsy.

Sonata for Bassoon & Piano (2010)

The Sonata for Bassoon & Piano was the third in a series of two-movement works for all five instruments of the wind quintet. The last two to compose are works for oboe and piano and French horn and piano.

Two Songs for Solo Oboe (2013): Inquiringly and Sailing

Two Songs for Solo Oboe are the last two of a set of Four Songs which started out as a set for an oboist in another city who backed out of the project after I had composed the first work. I have met many oboists locally and figured somebody would like new music. 

Woodwind Quintet No. 3 "Winter Music" (2006)

Winter Music was composed during the 2010-11 winter when we received over 80 inches of snow. Some days I would just sit and watch it snow, other days I wrote a lot of music! The work was also composed to compliment Samuel Barber's Summer Music and Jennifer Higdon's Autumn Music, both wind quintets.

Two Works for Solo Clarinet (2014): Heat and Water

Heat and Water were composed in just over two months from mid-January 2014 to mid-March 2014. These are intentional musical rants regarding climate change as I am a environmental enthusiast / fanatic.

University of Minnesota Wind Quintet 
September Skies: Music of Lisa Ragsdale

Sept. 14, 2014
2 p.m. 

Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul

Tickets and information

The University of Minnesota Wind Quintet presents music by Lisa Ragsdale, featuring world premiere performances of Winter Music (Woodwind Quintet No. 3), Sonata for bassoon & piano, Heat and Water for solo clarinet, and Inquiringly and Sailing for solo oboe. The program also includes Ragsdale’s Woodwind Quintet No. 2 "In a Dark Time." 

All works will be performed by the University of Minnesota School of Music Woodwind Quintet (Haley Camer, flute; Camille Galles, oboe; Esther Baumgartner, clarinet; Aaron Goler, bassoon; Sandor Miko, horn) with John Jensen, piano. 


Zeitgeist's 2014-15 Season

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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 ...

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Zeitgeist Announces Pianist Nicola Melville

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Zeitgeist is pleased to introduce the newest member of the ensemble, pianist Nicola Melville! Zeitgeist is delighted to welcome Nicola into the ensemble as they look ahead to a season of new music and new collaborations. Stay tuned for details about Zeitgeist’s 2014-2015 season to find out when you can meet Nicola and hear her perform! 

US-based New Zealand pianist Nicola Melville has been described as “having an original and intelligent musical mind” (Waikato Times), “a marvelous pian...

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Inuksuit: Clues for Listening

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Zeitgeist and Caponi Art Park will team up to bring 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams’ major work Inuksuit to the Caponi Art Park Summer Performance Series on August 17. Before you go, Zeitgeist offers some background, insight, and clues for listening to and experiencing the work. 

is a 70-minute musical work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. Adams lived for decades in Alaska, and the seasons and landscape of the arctic infuse his creativ...

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Zeitgeist's Jazz Commissions at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival

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Known for their 35+ year history as an acclaimed new music ensemble, Zeitgeist is always eager to explore new artistic frontiers and is dedicated to the creation and production of new and diverse music. This year, Zeitgeist has commissioned four new works from local jazz artists Chris Bates, Steve Kenny, Zacc Harris and Davu Seru to be premiered at the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The ensemble is collaborating with each of the artists this week in rehearsals and will welcome them to the st...

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Spitting Image Collective Concert Preview

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Spitting Image, a brand new composer collective in the Twin Cities, will make their debut this weekend with their The Hear and Now concerts at Studio Z in Lowertown St. Paul and Honey in Northeast Minneapolis.

Spitting Image was formed in 2013 by composers Katherine Bergman, Ted Moore and Daniel Nass with a mission of bringing together composers, performers, and listeners in order to strengthen the Minneapolis/St. Paul new music community. Their work includes commissioning new work from local ...

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Notes on høle in the skY

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Høle in the skY is an artistic response to climate change and the specter of ecosystem collapse and extinction. With this work, Kathy McTavish uses film, music, poetry, narrative, and scientific data to create a world on the brink of a bleak and awful reality. In this world, the environment is changing dramatically, living things are disappearing, and hope is dwindling. Is this our world? Are we Martha? Is collapse inevitable?
The musicians of Zeitgeist, her fellow collaborators, enter this ...

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Interview with Kathy McTavish

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We caught up with Duluth composer/cellist/sound artist Kathy McTavish for a look at her unique path as an artist, activist, and environmentalist and to hear the back-story for her new work høle in the skY. Drawing on McTavish’s past work in ecosystem modeling, the work considers the delicacy of ecosystems, our human quest to recover those systems, and what it might mean to be the last of a species left alive. Zeitgeist will present the world premiere of høle in the skY this weekend, May 1...
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Kathy McTavish's "høle in the skY" Concert Preview

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Composer Kathy McTavish is our guest blogger today, providing insight on her new chamber work høle in the skY. Zeitgeist will present the premiere performance of høle in the skY this week, May 16-18 at Studio Z

I created an early sketch of this work for the 2013 Zeitgeist Composer Workshop funded by the Jerome Foundation. This opportunity "is a five-day workshop designed to give emerging composers the opportunity to develop creative ideas and stretch their artistic boundaries in an environ...

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Interview with Scotty Horey: Letting Go

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Percussionist Scotty Horey was kind enough to share some of his thoughts with us as he prepares for his “Letting Go” concert at Studio Z this Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and info here

Preston Duncan will be joining you on the program--a saxophonist I understand you've worked with quite a bit. How did your collaboration come about and what have you worked on together? 

Preston and I met in graduate school in 2008. Now 6 years has passed and we have played together all around the twi...

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