NO EXIT New Music Opens 11th Season With Three World Premieres

Fri 9/6 @ 8PM

Sat 9/7 @ 7PM

Fri 9/13 @ 8PM

Cleveland’s NO EXIT New Music has been dedicated to its mission of presenting brand-new classical works, many commissioned by the group or written in collaboration with it, for ten years. Hence it often presents world premieres.

It’s got several such premieres on the program for its upcoming concerts, which kick off its 11th season, all by Cleveland-area composers. They include Adonai Henderson’s “ngoma,” Sean Parks’ “Species Plantarum, Liber II” and NO EXIT member Nicholas Underhill’s “Passing Lane.” (Henderson and Parks are both students at Cleveland State where NO EXIT is ensemblein-residence). It also features “Air,” a piece of piano and clarinet written by /composer environmental sound-artist Philip Blackburn.

Rounding out the five-piece program, the ensemble will be joined by master cimbalom player Chester Englander, who’ll partner with No Exit’s Nick Diodore to perform Kati Agocs’ “Saint Elizabeth Bells.”

“This performance marks the start of a two-year collaborative project between NO EXIT and Chester that will result in eight newly commissioned works for cimbalom, many live performances, recording sessions and ultimately two CDs,” says NO EXIT artistic director Timothy Beyer. “This is significant because together we will be creating/establishing the repertoire for this instrument in the realm of new music — especially as it pertains to chamber music.”

NO EXIT will perform the program at SPACES on Fri 9/6, at Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights on Sat 9/7, and at CSU’s Drink Hall on Fri 9/13. All performances are free.

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