December 4, 7:30 pm at Timucua
Presented by award-winning classical music duo, Deux Saisons
In times of uncertainty, the end of the year offers a moment of change and renewal. This past year could be seen as a period of great political and social upheaval; today could be seen as the dawning of a new Renaissance. DUSK to DAWN: New Works for the Voice & Guitar will feature compositions from 5 composers across the United States, written for the voice and guitar. Contemporary works are diverse and expressive like never before; the combination of singing and classical guitar allows for story telling, an expansive variety of sounds, and a wide range of melodic and harmonic possibilities.
Joining Deux Saisons will be Orlando visual artist, and Timucua’s Artist in Residence for December, Paul Vincenti. DUSK to DAWN will also feature a brand new beer from local brewery Hourglass Brewing. The new brew will be available as an add on to your ticket, or at the brewery starting December 4th. And finally, the classical duo’s guitarist will be debuting his latest album, Neo, which explores music written for the classical guitar during the Modernism art movement.
Please join us for this exciting night of premieres that will stimulate the ears, eyes, nose, mouth and mind.
About the Artists:
A modern take on a classic duo, Deux Saisons presents concerts with diverse collections of old and new classical repertoire. Featuring soprano Keri Lee Pierson, and classical guitarist Christopher Schoelen, this voice and guitar duo performs works that extend from the Renaissance through the present day. Deux Saisons, French for “two seasons”, brings classical music to a wide community through integration into diverse venues (such as farms, libraries, breweries and the main stage), incorporation of audience participation, and application of music as a tool for education and restoration. https://www.facebook.com/deuxsaisonsduo
Jesse Voogt studied music composition for a year at the ArtEZ conservatoire in the charming city of Zwolle, the Netherlands. Primarily a violinist, much of his work involves stringed instruments, starting with the Sinfonia he wrote for his high school string orchestra. His music ranges from works for solo piano, solo violin, and solo guitar to works for a full orchestra. Besides music, he also studied computer science, has a degree in architecture, and has built a career as a web developer while living in northern Virginia.
Bonnie McLarty’s music has been described as “beautifully written, singable, and rewarding.” Her pieces have won several awards, including the 2019 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Award and the 2017 Robert E. Foster Wind Ensemble Prize. Much of her recent work has focused on collaborating with women poets and local artists. Bonnie earned her D.M.A. in composition from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Wyoming. She is currently based in the Kansas City area, where she is a lecturer of music theory at the University of Kansas.
Jacob William Wylie is a native of Greenville, South Carolina where he attended Furman University for his undergraduate degree in Percussion Performance and Composition. After moving to Columbia, South Carolina, Jacob received his Master of Music degree in Composition and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition. In addition to his academic studies, he is also the president of Collaborations in Contemporary Art (Cica) and teaches freshman and sophomore-level music theory and aural skills. Jacob’s music encompasses wide swaths of techniques and influences ranging from the harmonious to the most thorny of contemporary works.
Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dr. Eric Hessel currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Horn at Texas Wesleyan University and Austin College, and is an active hornist and composer around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Always a proponent of new and novel music, he composes, commissions, and performs new works for a variety of ensembles, including the Spiral Staircase Duo (horn and percussion), co-founded with his wife. Hessel’s music has been performed across the United States, as well as in Mexico, Belgium, France, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan.
Akshaya Avril Tucker is a composer who draws inspiration from the music and dance traditions of South Asia, having trained as a cellist and Odissi dancer from a young age. Her recent commissions include works for Johnny Gandelsman (Brooklyn Rider), WindSync, Marianne Gedigian, Englewinds, invoke string quartet, Thalea String Quartet and Density512. In 2019, she won an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. She (currently) lives in Kansas City MO.
Exploring the world and mythology through his oil paintings, Paul Vincenti offers works that emanate a peaceful feeling with use of vibrant colors and subjects. Paul has been working as a visual artist for over 40 years and, as a resident of Florida for over four decades, has captured many beauties of nature with his oil on canvas. https://paul-vincenti.square.site
“Hourglass Brewing is a family-owned, award-winning craft brewery in Central Florida. Established in 2012, Hourglass contributes to the community by not only providing a wide selection of beers that caters to any palate, but by working with local businesses, and even local bands, in order to lift up our home town.” https://hourglassbrewing.com