JOIN Portland Ovations for an Exclusive Virtual Concert May 28

International Contemporary Ensemble - Live Virtual Performance


Thursday, May 28, 7 PM EDT
Livestreamed on YouTube


plus: Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange a L’Eternite de Jesus” from Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1941)

Join Portland Ovations, the International Contemporary Ensemble,
and contemporary composers Ashley Fure and Maine-born Suzanne Farrin
for exciting new music and intimate artistic conversations made possible by this virtual format.

The live online presentation will take you through an immersive listening experience. The world premiere of Suzanne Farrin’s “Nacht,” created with ICE through remote collaborative systems, unfolds in a dreamy atmosphere featuring the ondes Martenot (an early electronic cousin of the theremin), harp, percussion, bass, and voice. Set to texts by Rumi and Hafiz in translation by Cyrus Atabay, this new work explores language, translation, and identity.

“This is a listening score. To perform it, please find two mason jars or two large glasses,” is how Ashley Fure’s new “interior listening protocol 1” begins. Created specifically for and in this time of social distancing, the piece is a full-body experience made possible only by audience members participating from their homes. As Fure leads a slowly evolving physical choreography, yours and others jars produce a magically immersive soundscape in the privacy of your own ears.

The concert portion of the evening closes with the eighth and final section of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus.” This is traditionally a duet for violin and piano about which Messiaen wrote, “Why this second eulogy? It is especially aimed at the second aspect of Jesus, Jesus the Man, the Word made flesh, immortally risen for our communication of his life. It is all love.”

The evening’s performers include Farrin on the ondes Martenot; Alice Teyssier, vocals; Ross Karre, percussion; Randall Zigler, bass; Nuiko Wadden, harp; and Jacob Greenberg, piano.

The stream will also include a “lobby” experience, a Zoom room in which all can engage before and after the performance in ways similar to Ovations’ familiar pre-performance lectures and post-show Q&A’s,  tuning in to live discussions between Farrin, Fure, and members of ICE. Glimpses into the creation of Suzanne Farrin’s “Nacht” will be shared in a screening of a short documentary. 

Mark your calendars and watch for registration information to receive the link to this free event!