Friday evening's New Music Festival concert features HUB New Music. This event is free of charge, and will also be livestreamed.
Hub New Music is “one of the most talked about younger contemporary classical ensembles” (Oregon ArtsWatch). With its unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, the ensemble of “intrepids” (WQXR, New York) has been praised for performances of adventurous repertoire that are “gobsmacking and perfectly played” (Cleveland Classical), with the Boston Globe encouraging audiences, "next time the group offers a concert, go, listen, and be changed."
The ensemble celebrates the fluidity and diversity of voices in today’s classical music landscape, and has championed the works of leading composers such as Mason Bates, Matthew Aucoin, Anna Clyne, Kati Agócs, Nico Muhly, Robert Honstein, Laura Kaminsky, Angel Lam, and more. Highlights for the 2018/19 season include festival appearances at the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music Festival (Bowling Green, OH), Sacramento State Festival of New American Music, Blue Sage Arts Center Modern Music Festival (Paonia, CO), and Connecticut Summerfest (Hartford, CT); new quartets by award-winning composers Kati Agócs and Matthew Aucoin; its international debut in mainland Japan with the Silkroad Ensemble’s Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi), and a collaboration with Boston's Urbanity Dance at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA).
Also fueled by the spirit of collaboration, Hub has brought several large-scale projects into fruition. These include “Matsuri,” an evening length collaboration with shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, and the Asia/America New Music Institute (AANMI); a 25 minute collaborative work with the renown composer/harpist Hannah Lash (spring 2020); a concert-length song-cycle with composer/performer collective Oracle Hysterical entitled Frontier Journals (2020-21); and a choreographed production of its Soul House program presented with Urbanity Dance and the Peabody Essex Museum. For its visionary programming as both a quartet and as collaborative artists, HNM was named one of WQXR’s “10 Cutting-Edge Artists That Have Captured the Imagination,” in 2016 and has been featured in the Boston Globe on multiple occasions.
Hub New Music is a group of passionate educators whose approach to teaching places contemporary music within the context of a centuries old yet rapidly evolving musical tradition. Working with student performers and composers alike at residencies across the country, HNM trains future generations of contemporary artists and places strong emphasis on arts entrepreneurship as a vital component of a musical education. Hub New Music has held and looks toward residencies at the New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Lehigh University, Cleveland State University, Washington & Lee University, Texas State at San Marcos, and several others.
Hub New Music owes thanks to its supporters including the Cricket Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, the Florence & Joseph Mandel Family Foundation, Johnstone Fund for New Music, Alice Ditson Fund for Contemporary Music at Columbia University, and New England Conservatory Office of Entrepreneurial Musicianship. The ensemble’s name is inspired by its founding city of Boston and the notion that a hub is a center of innovation. They will perform music by Aaron Jay Kernis (with special guests from the College of Musical Arts), Anna Clyne, and Rob Honstein.