Local Composer Presentation: David Adams
5:30 PM17:30

Local Composer Presentation: David Adams

Sunday, October 28th @5:30pm
Bates Recital Hall


The horn is done. It’s had enough. It’s tired of bending to the will of the orchestra, always playing by their rules. And in David Adams’s new Concerto for Horn & Chamber Orchestra, it won’t have to. Here, the horn creates the universe - a big bang born of horn physics, and the orchestra had better hold on for dear life, because for this piece, untamed sounds are woven into the fabric of their world.  With elements of blues and funk, a 142-bar fugue, and over a half hour of music, you won’t want to miss this one-of a kind premier.  

 David Adams, composer

David Adams, composer

 Michael Mikulka, horn

Michael Mikulka, horn

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Mad King
4:00 PM16:00

Mad King

Sunday, December 16th @4pm
Big Medium

Peter Maxwell Davies: Antechrist
Leonore d’Este: 3 Motets from Musica quinque vocum
                          Tribulationes civitatum audivimus
                          Hodie, Simon Petrus
                          Angustie mihi sunt undique
Peter Maxwell Davies: Tenebrae Super Gesualdo
Carlo Gesualdo: O vos omnes
Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King

Density512’s Mad King weaves a tale of monarchy, madness, anachronism, and palace intrigue. Witness a head of state, King George III, train birds to sing and deteriorate into a disturbing state of insanity in Peter Maxwell Davies’s masterpiece of musical-monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King. Discover the sweet counterpoint of Musica quince vocum attributed to the princess nun Leonore D’Este (1515-1575). Contemplate the connection with your darker self in Peter Maxwell Davies’s Tenabrae Super Gesualdo, an ode to the composer and Prince of Venosa who famously murdered his wife and her lover. Not for the faint of heart, Mad King is sure to be a thrill.

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Like a Religion
to Feb 24

Like a Religion

Thursday, February 21st @6:30pm
Sunday, February 24th @4:00pm

The Blanton Museum of Art

Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
*Adeliia Faizullina/Akshaya Avril Tucker/Ben Stonaker: Symphony of Proverbs, part 1
Igor Stravinsky: Mass
Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds
*Ben Stevenson:  oratorio commissioned by Density512

* denotes world premiere performance and Density512 commission

Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly’s newly implemented work, Austin, we present a concert on the boundaries of religion centered around a favorite of the Density512 team, Igor Stravinsky. This concert will juxtapose some of Stravinsky’s earlier work with his Catholic mass and four brand new Density512 commissions including a new oratorio by Ben Stevenson.

Local composers you may have heard on previous concerts make an appearance for a new project called Symphony of Proverbs from the mind of Executive Director, Nicholas Perry Clark. Over the course of four different commissioning projects, the goal of Symphony of Proverbs is to create a new large scale work through multiple composers highlighting our different ways of thinking. Three recent Butler School of Music graduates, Adeliia Faizullina, Akshaya Avril Tucker, and Ben Stonaker, will write short movements as the first installment.

Among other guests at the concert will be Ben Stevenson, another recent Butler School of Music graduate who will be writing a brand new oratorio for winds and choir discussing the impact his religious beliefs have had on him. Sasha Malikov, local pianist, also makes his soloist debut with Density512 playing Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds.

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Fast Forward Austin 2018: The Difference Engine
7:00 PM19:00

Fast Forward Austin 2018: The Difference Engine

Saturday, September 22nd, 7-11pm
4th Tap Brewing Co-op

FREE Admission

At Fast Forward Austin 2018, Density512 will team up with Graham Reynolds, HUB New Music, and One Ounce Opera to tell the story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage whose mathematical work gave rise to mid-19th Century mechanical computing and provided the foundation for the inventions we rely on today. 

Kenneth Froehlich: Finite Differences
Version for soprano and string orchestra commissioned by Density512
Presented in collaboration with One Ounce Opera.

Graham Reynolds: The Difference Engine
Presented in collaboration with Graham Reynolds and HUB New Music.

Finite Differences by Kenneth Froelich, tells the story of Ada Lovelace, a woman born to a noble English family in 1815 who is recognized by some as the first computer programmer. Librettist John Grimmett writes that "Kenneth saw a story in Ada that needed to be told, and soon, I began to see it for myself: a constant struggle for a young woman who could understand numbers beyond most of our abilities yet had so many words and feelings inside of her".


Called "the quintessential modern composer" by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader-improviser Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls, with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Ballet Austin. His triple-concerto for piano, violin, and cello The Difference Engine is "inspired by the ferocious pace of both Babbage’s thinking and the calculating speed of his invention." Graham will join HUB New Music and Density512 to bring down the house with this dynamic work. The performance will also serve as the celebration for the updated release of The Difference Engine on vinyl, via Sonic Surgery Records and pressed with brand new re-mixes from Orión Garcia (Peligrosa) and Demián Gálvez (Centavrvs).

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