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A disquietingly beautiful night of contemporary music.
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A Night of New Music at New College
 
Saturday evening, Fiati Five performed a concert of contemporary American works for wind quintet at New College of Florida. The concert was a collaborative effort with New Music New College (NMNC), under the direction of Stephen Miles, composer and provost professor of music.

Fiati Five began the event with Spires, a work composed for the quintet by Eric Nathan, composer-in-residence at Chamber Music Campania in 2013. Spires explores the aesthetics of European architecture. At the beginning of the work, a chaotic texture of fast trills, ascending melodies, and high pitches musically represent the angular structures that adorn old churches. The piece also depicts the experience of entering a building, leaving the busyness of the cityscape: the quintet plays soft dynamics, clear textures, and sustained rhythms, suggesting calmness, quiet, and solitude. 
The concert included a recently composed work by Nikita Myullyari, alum of New College and a young composer with great promise. His work, Tone Narrative for Wind Quintet, presents a panorama of various coloristic effects, melodic ideas, and harmonic relationships. Though suggestive of programmatic possibilities, the title itself does not reference a specific storyline: Myullyari instead invites the listener to create his or her own narrative – coherent, non-linear, or otherwise. Two days before the concert, the Fiati Five quintet workshopped Myullari’s piece.
They discussed orchestration techniques, tempo particulars, and instrument mechanics. This fruitful dialogue between composer and performer exemplifies an integral part of Chamber Music Campania – the creation, performance, and promotion of newly composed works by young composers.

Our concert at New College was the penultimate event in an eight-part series in the Sarasota area. The Selby Public Library hosts our “farewell” concert of the season this afternoon, July 20 @ 2:00 pm, during which the Fiati Five quintet plays their favorite pieces of the summer. Do not miss it!
Alice Jones (flute) introduces Eric Nathan, Spires (2013).
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