Introduction to Contemporary Performance Practice
Presented by the Calliope Duo
Date & Time:
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Baumgaertner Auditorium, Brady Educational Center
The flute-piano duo will offer approaches to intricate and complex ensemble rhythms, some discussion of extended technique and the notation of extended techniques, and the expressive demands of avant garde classical music. They plan to illuminate these topics with excerpts from works by Franco Donatoni, Harvey Sollberger, Brian Ferneyhough, Joseph Klein, and Beat Fürrer.
About the Artists:
Elizabeth McNutt and Shannon Wettstein Sadler formed the Calliope Duo in 1999 while pursuing their doctorates in contemporary music performance practice, a unique degree program at the University of California at San Diego. The Calliope Duo's programs focus on works that extend from the latter half of the twentieth century into the beginning of the twenty-first. The name “Calliope” refers to an innovative American combination of flute and piano, a keyboard instrument that plays a rank of steam-driven pipes. “Calliope” is also the name of the Greek muse of eloquence and epic poetry, an embodiment of the duo’s mission to convey ideas of heroic intensity with beauty and grace.
Dr. Shannon Wettstein is on the piano faculty at St. Cloud State University; Dr. Elizabeth McNutt directs the new music ensemble, Nova, and teaches flute and contemporary performance practice at the University of North Texas. Dr. McNutt released her CD of music for solo flute and electronics, pipe wrench, last year on the Electronic Music Foundation Media label; Dr. Wettstein's solo piano album is available on the Centaur label. An avid performer of electro-acoustic music, Dr. McNutt also performs with clarinetist Esther Lamneck in the duo The Tornado Project. Dr. Wettstein is formerly the pianist for the Twin Cities-based contemporary ensemble, Zeitgeist.