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Fulcrum Point Discoveries

Fulcrum Point Discoveries Series: New Works for Strings
featuring the Fulcrum Point String Quartet


Saturday, January 31 at 8pm
Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria
Free Admission


Mathias Tacke (violin), Rika Seko (violin), Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff (viola) and Mark Brandfonbrener (cello) will perform a selection of works by emerging composers.


Fragmentum II by Reinaldo Moya
String Quartet by Nathaniel Lindstrom
Canticle by Jacob Bancks


Composer Bios
jbancks1Jacob Bancks

Praised as “invitingly lyrical” and “colorfully orchestrated” (The New York Times), the music of composer Jacob Bancks (b. 1982, Fairmont, Minnesota) has distinguished him as an emerging voice in American music.


Among his many performances and commissions include works for the American Modern Ensemble, the United States Marine Band, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Cantori New York, pianist Daniel Paul Horn, marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura, Annapolis Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Soli Deo Gloria, the International Double Reed Society, the Millennium Chamber Players, the Hanson Institute for American Music, the Commission Project, oboist Gordon Hunt, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Philharmonia, OSSIA New Music, Kobe (Japan) City Philharmonic Chorus, Kyoto Gewandhauschor, Spektral Quartet, and the Quad City Symphony. Recordings of his music are available from American Modern Recordings, and have been broadcast on BBC 3 Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today.


Among his awards are a Charles Ives Scholarship (American Academy of Arts and Letters), two BMI Student Composer Awards, a Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education), a Century Fellowship (University of Chicago), and the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize (Eastman).


He has studied with Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Augusta Read Thomas, and in masterclasses with Luca Francesconi and Louis Andreissen. His other mentors include Cliff Colnot, Daniel Paul Horn, and Ray and Sue Sidoti. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Eastman School of Music, and Wheaton College (IL) and serves as Assistant Professor of music theory and composition at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL).


Nathaniel LindstromLindstrom
Nathaniel Lindstrom, 18, is a resident of Arlington Heights. After several years of independent study, he began composition lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago with Mischa Zupko in 2013. He has also attended Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp, where his piece for solo flute, Quartz Moth, was selected to represent the composition program in the 2014 Collage Concert. His Three Duets for Violin were featured on WFMT (98.7), Chicago’s premier classical radio station, and his choral work She Lay as if at Play took first place in the vocal ensemble category of the 2014-2015 ILMEA composition contest.


Nathaniel is a senior at Rolling Meadows High School, where he arranges for and co-directs an a cappella group as well as participating in many other musical activities.


He plans to continue his composition studies in college and beyond. His life goals include re-reading War and Peace, writing for The New Yorker, and owning (or, depending on one’s view, being owned by) a cat.


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Reinaldo Moya is a Venezuelan-American composer whose rhythmically and emotionally-charged works depict the multitude of voices and influences present in the whole of the American continent today. He’s the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer and the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House, which led to a residency at Aaron Copland’s historic home in NY state in 2012. He’s a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received his masters and doctorate degrees, under the tutelage of Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Mr. Moya holds a Bachelors of Music degree from West Virginia University.


He has been commissioned by the Minnesota Opera to write a new opera for their Project Opera. An adaptation of Will Weaver’s best-selling book Memory Boy, the opera will have a libretto by Pullitzer Prize-winner Mark Campbell and is scheduled be premiered in the spring of 2016. Excerpts from his opera Generalissimo were premiered in June 2013 at Symphony Space in New York City. A second round of performances from the opera followed in November 2013 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.


His music has been performed in Germany, Colombia, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela and throughout the United States by performers such as the Juilliard Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de San Juan (Argentina), the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Attacca Quartet,and members of the JACK Quartet and Alarm Will Sound.


Mr Moya is on the faculty at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and is a member of the Theory and Composition Faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp.


What is the Fulcrum Point Discoveries series?
Fulcrum Point Discoveries is a monthly series that presents new music by young and emerging American composers in a free public setting. This series gives these composers an opportunity to hear their music interpreted by Chicago’s best musicians and to explore their work in dialogue with a community of performers, listeners, and other composers. The Fulcrum Point Discoveries series serves both composer and community by educating audiences and offering exposure to American composers while also giving them a unique venue for musical revelation, feedback, and development.

Location: Merit School of Music


Merit School of Music
38 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607

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