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PEM launches music initiative, appoints composer-in-residence

Posted by Christina Jedra  May 2, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by The Peabody Essex Museum:

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the launch of a musical initiative and the appointment of Matt Aucoin as the museum’s first Composer-in-Residence.  Aucoin, a recent graduate of Harvard College and Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, presents an immersive, boundary-breaking, 90-minute performance, Tracing a Line, at PEM on Saturday, May 25.  Subsequent concerts in the series to follow in September 2013 and throughout 2014.

"Embedding music and performance into the museum experience presents an opportunity to celebrate art, culture and creativity in multiple dimensions and innovative ways," says Robert N. Shapiro, the President of PEM’s Board of Trustees. “Tracing a Line is a bold inaugural performance that promises to change the way people think about and experience classical music.”

Combining literary, theatrical, choral and orchestral elements, Tracing a Line seeks to upend classical music performance conventions and provide a platform for direct interface between artist and audience. This singular performance, conceived by Aucoin and his two collaborators Victoria Crutchfield (director) and Keir GoGwilt (first violinist), follows a single melody through time, from Johann Rudolph Ahle’s 17th-century folk chorale to Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata BWV 60 and Alban Berg's modern violin concerto. Working within the distinct architectural context of the museum’s Atrium, Aucoin notes, “We want to situate all participants, both musicians and listeners, in such a way that the concert itself becomes an art object to which the listeners have the kind of intimate access they have to other art at PEM.”

Generous support for PEM’s music initiative has been provided by Eunice and Jay Panetta, longtime museum supporters. Jay Panetta, former professor of music at Wellesley College and current member of PEM’s Board of Overseers, notes, “The museum’s music initiative will afford an opportunity to re-imagine and re-animate the concept of a ‘serious concert.’ By collaborating with notable talents like Matt Aucoin, PEM aims to cultivate cross-disciplinary experiences that will be quite revelatory.”

TRACING A LINE | SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013 | 8 PM | DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 PM
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT PEM.ORG/CALENDAR | MEMBERS $45 | NONMEMBERS $55 | CHILDREN $25

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