Ars Futura performs work by CSU composers

By Arbela Capas

Feb. 6, 2018

Cleveland State University’s Drinko Hall came to life on Jan. 19 with the sounds of the Ars Futura ensemble, a Cleveland-based collective of highly trained musicians who performed a night of original music by Cleveland State composers Greg D’Alessio and Andrew Rindfleisch.

The program, which began at 8 p.m., consisted of six works by D’Alessio, who is also an associate professor of composition at Cleveland State University.

Ars Futura performed some of D’Alessio’s older works such as “Veil,” which he composed in 2001 and “Thread,” composed in 2002.

One work, “Reverie” composed in 1999 by Andrew Rindfleisch, the head of the Cleveland Contemporary Players Artist in Residency Series at Cleveland State University, was the only piece solely for piano, which was played by Shuai Wang.

The concert also served as the world premiere of Greg D’Alessio’s newest work “End After End,” which was an extension of his earlier work, “Al Segno.” This composition included parts for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and a series of percussion instruments.

The program described that D’Alessio’s newest work was an extension, or an “answer,” to the first part he wrote for the Da Capo Chamber Players of New York. The final product, “End After End,” written in 2017, consisted of two movements with “the first being delicate and lyrical and the second rhythmic and driving.”

The eight musicians of Ars Futura play an array of different instruments ranging from the violin and cello to wind instruments such as the flute.

The ensemble has performed at various venues, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art.



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