The Generous Ensemble

2 Aug


The Generous Ensemble commissions highly entertaining, challenging music and is determined to bring these important works to the widest possible audience. Based in Hartford Connecticut, they are designed to be a development lab for the most talented, persnickety, and exciting young composers in the world.

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016 New Music Ensemble

2 Aug


016 is a new music ensemble based in Hartford, CT. Why 016? The name is a reference to the three-note cell perhaps better known as {0,1,6} in musical set theory, a three-note cell common in a great deal of twentieth century music.

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Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra

2 Aug

The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra is a Hartford-based ensemble devoted to enrichment through superb artistry. The ensemble forges its unique path through the canon of musical literature, engaging audiences across Greater Hartford and beyond with programming aimed at broadening understanding of chamber music.

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2013 Hartford New Music Festival Program Schedule

2 Aug

All concerts presented free of charge


Friday, October 11th, 2013
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 8:00 pm FREE

Sacre du Automne: 016 New Music Ensemble

Crusher for Guitar and Piano
Michael Schelle, U.S. premiere

Additional selections to feature Neely Bruce, Michael Schelle and local composers.

016 is a new music ensemble based in Hartford, CT. Why 016? The name is a reference to the threenote cell perhaps better known as {0,1,6} in musical set theory, a three-note cell common in a great deal of
twentieth century music. We are, in fact, dedicated to performing the works of contemporary composers in the
classical music tradition. The Ensemble has been chosen to represent an equal representation of our resident
composers as an introduction via chamber music as well as highlighting Hartford’s local composers.


Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 12pm – 11:59pm One Man Marathon Concert FREE

Kevin Good plays the Indy Avant Garde: Michael Schelle Progeny Concert

Racing with Rabbits
Michael Schelle

Meticulous (…comfort…)
Max Wanderman, world premiere

Box Piece
Meredith Gilna

This is Not A Drum
Joshua Morris

The Inevitable Sum of What Life has Done to Me
Scott Comanzo, world premiere

Grig no. 4
Zane Merritt, world premiere

To Bono, With Love
Matthew Kennedy, world premiere

blocks (or bricks)
Brooks Frederickson, world premiere

Kevin Good is a percussionist/composer based in the Hartford area who specializes in interdisciplinary performance art. In his most grueling challenge to date he will perform a marathon concert/fast at the Charter Oak Cultural Center Gallery, multi-tasking an homage to the New York Armory show of 1913, the 50th anniversary of fluxus and Michael Schelle’s passion for teaching young composers to experiment and go “off the charts.” Along with our 1913 anniversary, 2013 is also the anniversary of the Fluxus Manifesto written by George Maciunas. Seven young professionals and former students of Michael Schelle from Hartford and around the country have contributed pieces of music that will stretch your imagination in an homage to the spirit of 1913 and the spirit of Fluxus that has been lost in the art and culture of present day United States.


Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 7:30 pm FREE


I wanted to destroy something beautiful
Dan Morel, world premiere

Claude Debussy

Through the Bright Lights of Hell
Michael Schelle, world premiere

The first world premiere from our resident composers performed by combined ensembles The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and The Generous Ensemble comes from Michael Schelle, accompanied by a world premiere for the Generous Ensemble written by Hartford resident Dan Morel, and from the year 1913 a ground breaking solo flute piece by Debussy performed by the Generous Ensemble’s Mary Matthews.

Friday, October 18th, 2013
Trinity College Chapel, 8:00 pm

(not) The Third Viennese School: Neely Bruce Progeny Concert

compositions by Wesleyan alumni who worked with Neely Bruce

Gathering Light
Benjamin Broening

Edward Jessen

Theme and Mutations
Brett Terry

The Lonely Chant
Walter Frank

From the Diary of an Organaut
Keith Moore

Aurora Borealis
Liang Liang


Judy Dunaway

Solo organ work TBA
Brian Parks

Chris McDonald

Two movements from Garden
Chris Jonas

This Concert Features The West End String Quartet

Benjamin Broening, Chair, Music Department, University of Richmond (B.A. Wesleyan, late 80’s)

Edward Jessen, Professor of Composition, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music (M.A. Wesleyan, late 90’s)

Brett Terry, Principal Analyst, Sonanalysts Inc., Waterford, CT (B.A. Wesleyan, late 80’s)

Walter Frank, a native of Argentina. Teaches music at various schools in Buenos Aires (M.A. Wesleyan, early 2000’s)

Keith Moore, Profesor of Theory and Composition, University of Indianapolis, Athens (Greece) Campus (M.A. Wesleyan, early 90’s)

Liang Liang, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas Austin (M.A. Wesleyan, late 90’s)

Judy Dunaway, Visiting Lecturer, Massuchusetts College of Art, Boston (M.A. Wesleyan, late 90’s)

Brian Parks, Instructor, Naugatuck Valley Community College. Director of Music, First Church of Church Congregational, Suffield, CT (two M.A.’s Wesleyan, 2010, 2013)

Chris McDonald, Freelance Music Producer and Visual Artist (B.A. Wesleyan, 2006)

Chris Jonas, Founding Director, Littleglobe (M.A. Wesleyan, early 90’s)

Neely Bruce’s influence on the musical life of Central Connecticut is often overlooked as his students have traveled and settled around the world. This second progeny concert of the festival once again features the craft passed down and extreme variation of musical expression in a unique performance space of the Trinity College Chapel.


Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 7:30 pm FREE


The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives

The Spite of Thokk
Lief Ellis

Antiphonies for Charlie
Neely Bruce, world premiere

The second world premiere from our resident composers performed by combined ensembles The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and The Generous Ensemble comes from Neely Bruce, accompanied by a 1913-era piece by the focus of Neely Bruce’s piece – Charles Ives – and a solo Bass piece written by Hartford resident Lief Ellis performed by the Generous Ensemble’s Evan Runyon.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
The Connecticut Historical Society, 2:30 pm FREE

The Finale IS the Encore

Antiphonies for Charlie
Neely Bruce

Through the Bright Lights of Hell
Michael Schelle

A final opportunity to hear these Pulitzer-worthy new works by the most exciting composers of their generation who have generously graced Hartford with their immense talents and transformative music.

Resident Composer Neely Bruce

21 Jul

resident composer neely bruce
NEELY BRUCE (b. 1944), Professor of Music and American Studies at Wesleyan University, is a composer, conductor, pianist and scholar of American music. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; he received his DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principal teachers were Ben Johnston, Hubert Kessler, J. F. Goossen, Lara Hoggard, Charles Hamm, Byrnell Figler, Roy McAllister, Soulima Stravinsky and Sophia Roso!. He has been visiting professor and artist-in-residence at Middlebury College, Bucknell University, the University of Michigan, and at Brooklyn College. He is the chorus director for Connecticut Opera, and, with his wife Phyllis, co-director of music at South Congregational Church in Middletown, Connecticut.

His largest work is entitled CONVERGENCE. [STEPPIN’ OUT, Continental Harmony, Charles Ives Newsletter – Here’s to Ives, Commissioned by the American Composers Forum, as part of its Continental Harmony project, this composition received its premiere on June 18, 2000 as part of the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas. On August 18, 2002 Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors presented a revised and expanded performance of this piece, enthusiastically received by an audience of 10,000. A new production of CONVERGENCE has been proposed in Danbury,
Connecticut (birthplace of Charles Ives). Bruce’s opera Hansel and Gretel, commissioned by
Connecticut Opera, received its first performances as a chamber work for children (soloists with piano and/or small ensemble) in 1997. The full-scale work (adding dancers, chorus and orchestra) premiered in March of 1998 at The Bushnell in Hartford. In December 2002 Trinity College of Music, London, presented the first student production of this opera, the composer conducting.

In July 2003 he composed the score for Benedict Arnold: A Brave Revenge by John Basinger. Produced by Connecticut Outdoor Historic Drama, Inc., this epic was presented in Washington Park, Groton, Connecticut, on the spot where British troops mustered prior to the Battle of Groton Heights, the very conflict enacted at the climax of the play. Other works for the stage include an allegorical opera of the American Revolution, Americana, or, A New Tale of the Genii (libretto by Tony Connor). This full-length work was begun on a fellow-ship from the National Endowment for the Arts

Bruce composed original music for three documentaries directed by Rocky Collins and produced for National Public Television’s The American Experience. He has composed and arranged the scores for two documentaries about African Americans in Connecticut, produced by Connecticut Public Television and directed by Karyl Evans. His score for Nook Farm: Mark Twain’s Neighbor-hood,
directed by Roynn Lisa Simmons, first aired in January 2002 on CPTV.

Bruce has worked indefatigably to promote American music of all periods. He was on the Editorial Committee of New World Records and was the first chairman of the New England Sacred Harp
Singing. He is one of nineteen living composers represented in The Sacred Harp, and music in this style is an important part of his output. In June of 1997 Larry Gordon conducted Village Harmony, an
inter-generational choir of shaped note singers, in a touring program devoted to Bruce’s music in
shaped note style. Gordon’s recording of these choruses was released in 2000. In 2003 Bruce, along
with Peter Amidon and Larry Siegel, conducted the choral group Festival Harmony in pieces from
their shaped-note œuvre. Festival Harmony plans a complete performance of Emily’s Flowers in the summer of 2004

He has conducted new works by over sixty composers, including major premieres of Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros, Gerald Shapiro, David Borden, Ronald Kuivila and Henry Brant. In recent years he has worked extensively with Brant; he obtained for Brant a commission from Wesleyan University in honor of the school’s sesquicentennial, and was the coordinator of two major works commissioned by Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors; 500: Hidden Hemisphere, and Dormant Craters. In March of 2003 Bruce conducted the American premiere of Brant’s Ghosts and Gargoyles, played by members of the New York Flute Club, with soloist Robert Aitkin.

Long associated with the works of the late John Cage, principally as a performer in HPSCHD and Song Books, in 1988 Bruce planned and executed a major symposium about Cage and his cultural influence entitled John Cage at Wesleyan. In 1996 he and his wife, along with Linda Hirst, produced Cage’s Europeras 3, 4 and 5 for the Dartington International School of the Arts in Totnes, England.

Resident Composer Michael Schelle

21 Jul

resident composer Michael Schelle

MICHAEL SCHELLE (b. 1950 in Philadelphia) : raised in Bergen County, northern New Jersey, Schelle graduated from Northern Highlands Regional High School where, as Captain of the track team, he held the all-state distance records in javelin, shot put and hammer for three years running. Now 30 years running as Composer in Residence at Butler University’s School of Music in Indianapolis, he has been 2X a Pulitzer Prize nominee, recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Composition Prize, a finalist for the International Humour in Poetry Competition (Paris), a published author (film music book) and restaurant critic (Indianapolis).

Schelle’s music has been commissioned and/or performed by over 300 orchestras, wind bands and professional chamber ensembles across the US and abroad including the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Greenwich (CT) Orchestra and Chorus, Honolulu Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Missouri Symphony, the District 99 Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), the New York Festival Orchestra, the principal orchestras of Albany (NY), Tulsa, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, North Carolina, Springfield (Mass), New Jersey, New Mexico, Knoxville,
Evansville, Fort Collins (CO), Fort Smith (AR) and Fort Wayne (IN); the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, New World Chamber Orchestra, Orkestra Projekt, Columbus Pro Musica, XTET (Los Angeles), Voices of Change (Dallas), SONOR (San Diego), ISIS New Music Ensemble (Austin), Urban Quartet of Phoenix, AZ, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Eastman School of Music New Music Group. His music for symphonic winds has been commissioned and/or performed by dozens of the most prestigious wind ensembles across the U.S. including Eastman, University of Texas-Austin, University of Michigan, Arizona State, Indiana University, Kansas State, Michigan State, University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, University of Nebraska, Ithaca, New Mexico, Ohio State University, Oklahoma, Florida, SUNY, USC, LSU, etc.

Recent critically-acclaimed international performances of Schelle’s music have included Kammerorchester Basel (Switzerland), the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra (Moscow), the St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Philharmonic, Czestochowa Philharmonic (Poland), Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Costa Rica), Koenig Ensemble of London, Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival (Cardiff, Wales), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), CoMET (Contemporary Music Ensemble of Tokyo), 2009 Firenza International Music Festival (Italy), the Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Performing Arts Center Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2012), and in Ningbo, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Beijing, Brussels, Berlin, Bombay, Budapest, Bucharest, Vienna, Prague and Amsterdam.

Schelle has received composition grants and awards from many prestigious arts organizations including the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), the Rockefeller Foundation (NYC), American Symphony Orchestra League (NYC), League of American Orchestras “Music Alive” program,Organization of American States (OAS), Welsh Arts Council (Cardi”, Wales UK), International Percussive Arts Society, the 2012 National Band Association’s William D. Revelli Memorial Composition Prize, American Pianists Association, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition (UT), Great Lakes Arts Alliance, New England Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Arts Commission, Indiana Arts Commission, New York State Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Arts Council of Indianapolis, NPR, ASCAP and BMI.

Schelle has held numerous extended composition residencies in the USA including the MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire), Spoleto USA Festival (Charleston, SC), Wolf Trap Center for the Performing
Arts (Virginia), ICAM (Institute of Contemporary American Music), the Albuquerque Youth Symphony
Program and the Finger Lakes Music Festival (upstate NY). He has been the featured Guest Composer for ALL-SCHELLEMUSIK programs, masterclasses and lectures at many leading institutions across the US including the University of Massachusetts, University of Kansas, University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, Catholic University of America, Louisiana State University, Washington State University, Ohio State University, California Lutheran University, Eastern Michigan University, Syracuse University, University of Notre Dame, Trinity University, Bowling Green State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of New Mexico, Carnegie Mellon, Kent State University, Capital University, Old Dominion, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, USC, UCLA, NYU, and various SUNYs. Recent international Guest Composer residencies have included: Nagoya Imperial University (Japan), Aichi Prefectural University (Yazako, Nagakute, Japan), The People’s Power Grid University School of Music (Beijing, China), and the National University of San Jose / Orquesta Sinfonica

Schelle holds degrees from Villanova University (theatre), the Hartt School of Music, Trinity College of Music, London, UK, (diploma) and a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota. His composition teachers have included Aaron Copland, Arnold Franchetti (student of Richard Strauss), Eric Stokes, Paul Fetler (student of Hindemith and Boris Blacher) and Dominick Argento. Schelle’s works are published by Keiser Classical / Hal Leonard (New York / St. Louis), Silman-James Press (Los Angeles, CA), Indiana University Press, European American Music, American Composers Edition (NYC) and commercially recorded by CRS (Philadelphia), Innova (Boston), and Albany Records (NYC / London).

2013 Hartford New Music Festival Update

21 Jul
Banner for the 2013 Hartford New Music Festival 1913|2013

Banner for the 2013 Hartford New Music Festival 1913|2013

featuring resident composers Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle

The 20th century is such a hard act to follow that 21st century artists and historians find themselves in constant reflection lately, celebrating anniversaries, centennials and other such accidents of the calendar. But surely the hallmark year of 1913 itself is most appropriate for such treatment. The spirit of the 1913 that lopsidedly shaped our cultural past has gotten a little lost in the present. It’s with this in mind that we resurrect a new music festival in Hartford this year as The Hartford New Music Festival: 1913|2013, extolling the forward-thinking artistry of the past in order to blaze a more exciting future.

The “Indy Avant Garde” concert/installation – our small homage to the New York Armory show of 1913 – will only be introducing and reminding all who come of the expansive breath of possibilities art can take. While the dual forces of the Generous Ensemble and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra aren’t necessarily presenting a “skandalkonzert” and our resident composers, Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle’s works are unlikely to cause a riot, we aim to ignite passions within our audience just as strong and with as lasting an unpredictable effect.


The Hartford New Music Festival 1913|2013, is an exhilarating concert series aiming “to present a mixture of local composers, performers, ensembles and more internationally recognized composers…to present newer work in a historical context.” This festival is a catalyst for music lovers, who are looking for more adventurous music that details fresh thinking and defies conventional ideas and music pprocesses, while transforming the audiences musical experience through rigorous art. This festival is unique because it holds a point of view which covers a historic theme that both anchors the performances in tradition and pushes past current trends. The music itself has been chosen to communicate to our audience that progressive challenging music can be exciting and accessible at the same time.

This year’s six-day festival celebrates the historic spirit of Modernism in America, and Hartford as it’s new bellwether toward the future. Featured ensembles include the Generous Ensemble and Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, two groups devoted to uplifting culture and developing appreciation for a variety of music throughout the Greater Hartford region. As part of the Hartford New Music Festival:1913|2013, the ensembles are collaborating on two world premieres by composers Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle, passionate devotees of history who have witnessed half of the past century, befriending luminaries from Aaron Copland to John Cage. These award-winning composers are writing adventurous works that capture the Modernist ethos and the historic perspective of this year’s festival.

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October of 2013

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Trinity College Chapel and The Connecticut Historical Society

Resident composers Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle
The Generous Ensemble
The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra
016 New Music Ensemble
The comedy stylings of Kevin Good

*Full Schedule of concert series dates and times to be released soon