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earspace is entering our third season together as an ensemble, and we are incredibly excited to bring you another great year of contemporary music! We strive to bring adventurous new productions of contemporary music to our audiences, and this year is no exception.

earspace kicks off its 2019-2020 season with a duo show by Andy Hudson (clarinet) and Victoria Nelson (percussion). The pair has programmed some of their favorite works by friends and colleagues, including local composer and UNC-Greensboro faculty member Mark Engebretson and earspace Co-Director Richard Drehoff Jr.

In January, earspace will present Hans Abrahmasen’s Schnee. Described as “fragile and beautiful, tender and rugged, simple and complex at the same time” (BR Klassik), Abrahamsen writes, “In my own work, an ongoing idea has persisted, of at somepoint writing a work consisting of a number of canonical movements that would explore this universe of time… In Schnee, a few simple and fundamental musical questions are explored. What is a Vorsatz [resolution]? And what is a Nachsatz [afterthought]? Can a phrase be answering? Or questioning?” earspace will also be performing the North Carolina premiere of “Dream Logic” by composer Pierce Gradone, who was selected as the winner of our 2019-2020 call for scores.

Next, we are thrilled to be working with Carolina Performing Arts to produce As One by Laura Kaminsky. As One is a chamber opera in which two voices—Hannah after (soprano Melina Jaharis) and Hannah before (baritone and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member Marc Callahan)—share the role of a sole transgender protagonist as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. Described by the New York Times as an opera that "...forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy,” earspace looks forward to bringing this work to the communities of central North Carolina.

Finally, we end our season with a collaboration with internationally-acclaimed soprano Ah Young Hong. Known for her “fearlessness and consummate artistry” (Opera News) Ah Young joins earspace in a performance of works Per Nørgård paired with J.S. Bach. Nørgård’s “Seadrift” depicts the fate of two birds on a desolate beach, observing their “happiness…in being together” and the “shrill, plaintive cries” of the abandoned male bird. In “Nova Genitura,” he explores the concept of Mary, both as “gentle and maternal” and as associated with the “Star of the Sea, Maris stella.” Bach’s “Ich Habe Genug” demonstrates a disdain for earthly life and a thirst for death. The cantata follows a similar programatic structure to that of “Seadrift,” beginning with an acclamation of salvation and concluding with a yearning to “emerge from all the suffering that still binds [her] to the world.”

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