March 17—An all-female chamber ensemble brings its sound to a hall in the region.
The Pittsburgh-based band Kamraton will perform as part of The Grand Halle chamber concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Grand Halle on Broad Street, 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
“Kamraton is thrilled to share this program of works by female composers in celebration of Women’s History Month,” said Emily Cook, Artistic Director of Kamraton. “The works on the program are almost all written by living composers, and four were written specifically for Kamraton. The pieces represent a wide range of styles, but there are commonalities.”
The ensemble’s mission as a chamber group is to challenge the boundaries of musical performance, expand the repertoire of contemporary chamber music, and celebrate the role of women as leaders in the arts.
The concert will feature wind, strings and a soprano voice performing modern, tonal musical works written by women, most of whom are living composers.
“This is the perfect concert to discover new pieces, to be encapsulated in the sound of vocals, acoustic winds and strings, and to support the women who perform and write these new works,” said Alyssa Wroblewski, Program Manager of The Grand Halle. “We are honored to invite Kamraton for an afternoon of whimsical poetry on those waves of electronic/acoustic sound that this band specializes in.”
The world premiere of “Across the Blue Mountain,” an arrangement of a traditional Shenandoah Valley folk song arranged by Cook, will be one of the concert’s featured pieces.
“We are delighted to be able to hear it for the first time in the Grande Halle,” said Wroblewski.
An additional piece to perform will be Li Tao’s “Frore River,” a piece that incorporates a Tang Dynasty poem by Liu Zongyuan and includes elements of electronic and acoustic instruments. Another feature includes “Wild Apples” by Elizabeth Brown, with text by poet Henry David Thoreau.
Now in its seventh season, Kamraton has performed 50 new works at music festivals and concerts such as the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music and Cleveland’s Re:Sound Festival. Their flagship project of commissioning music from women is known as “She Scores”.
“They’re going to bring an interesting and eclectic program full of modern music that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to hear anywhere else,” Wroblewski said.
Other bands scheduled for the series include the Red Line String Quartet on May 26 and Aeolian Winds of Pittsburgh on July 14. Both concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $25 per regular ticket or $20 per special series ticket.
Attendees are required to wear masks.
Tickets are limited to 150 participants per concert. They can be purchased in advance by calling 814-254-4033 or online at www.GrandHalle.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.