Emerging New Music Series


The Kenosha Creative Space, Inc.presents a Master Class in emerging new music conducted by the mixed-chamber ensemble Latitude 49 involving music students from Indian Trail Academy

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6 o’clock in the evening
Ambrose Hall in the Kemper Center
6501 Third Avenue
Kenosha, Wisconsin

(composer – piece name)

  • Shulamit Ran – Birkat Haderekh -Blessing for the Road lI
  • Annika Socolofsky – A Sense of Who
  • Joan Tower – Petroushskates
  • Ingrid Stölzel – The More Things Change
  • Lili Boulanger – Nocturne for Violin and Piano
  • Gabriella Smith – Huascarán

latitude49-logoLatitude 49 is a dynamic mixed-chamber ensemble exploring new sounds, engaging diverse audiences, and holding hands with composers of today. From its beginnings at the University of Michigan, L49 has grown into a major presence on the new-music scene with performances and residencies throughout the Midwest and beyond.

The ensemble’s 2016/17 season is headlined by an appearance at the Ear Taxi Festival in Chicago, where it will premiere a new version of Pulitzer-Prize winner Shulamit Ran’s “Birkat Haderekh—Blessing for the Road II”. Ran’s work will also appear on Latitude’s new program She, developed for a performance at the Listening to Ladies Series at Western Michigan University. L49 has become known for a vibrant, passionate onstage presence, which the group has brought to past performances at the Ravinia Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Constellation Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Art, and New Music Detroit’s annual Strange Beautiful Music. This past March, Latitude ventured to NYC for appearances at Le Poisson Rouge and the Juilliard School, where the ensemble joined with the Attacca Quartet for the premiere of Jared Miller’s Fuse. The past season also saw the unveiling of Labyrinths, a program weaving together new musical works with the poetry of Ovid, W.H. Auden, and William Carlos Williams into an exploration of labyrinths both ancient and new, mythological and real.

L49 carries its contagious energy beyond the concert hall, with extensive educational work at colleges throughout the Midwest. During the 16/17 year, Latitude is very excited to return to Ann Arbor for a residency at the University of Michigan, which will involve work with composers and performers through the EXCEL entrepreneurship program. This season will also include three educational programs at the newly-constructed Kenosha Creative Space. Past seasons have included two years as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where L49 worked closely with composition students of Prof. Marc Mellits, as well as an appearance as featured ensemble at the 2016 MGMC Composers Conference, jointly hosted by the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University. The ensemble has also presented workshops on commissioning and entrepreneurship as part of residencies at University of Western Kentucky, Concordia College, Elmhurst College and University of Toledo.

L49’s work with living composers is at the heart of its mission, yielding over thirty premieres since the group’s founding. But L49 seeks to go beyond the premiere, developing relationships with composers that are lasting and meaningful. The ensemble’s extended family of composers includes Jared Miller, who workshopped a new work with L49 at the 2015 Avaloch Farms Music Institute, and Garrett Schumann, whose work Bound was recently premiered by L49 (and another close collaborator, soprano Megan Ihnen) and featured on icareifyoulisten’s Spring 2015 mixtape. During this season, L49 will welcome many new composers into the family, performing works by Viet Cuong, Timothy Page, Shulamit Ran, Annika Socolofsky, and Phil Taylor. Several other composers who participated in Latitude’s Call for Scores 2016 will have works featured during this season. And launching the season will be the release of L49’s debut album Curious Minds, featuring six works written for the ensemble.

With its name taken from the parallel that serves as the Canadian/American border, Latitude 49 is committed to crossing borders of all kinds, serving as a bridge between the composers and the listeners of today.