Departure Duo: Stories and Sounds

Saturday, April 25, 2020 — 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members & Students
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Departure Duo is a Boston-based soprano and double bass duo comprised of Nina Guo and Edward Kass. Committed to expanding the repertoire for this “high-low” combination, Departure Duo commissions new works and breathes life into existing pieces written for this pairing. With some pieces coming from a more “classical” tradition, and others using experimental sounds and techniques, a Departure Duo concert showcases the incredible variety within the soprano/double bass universe.

For their third appearance at the Center for New Music, Departure Duo presents an eclectic program of recent commissions, all part of “30 by ’30”, a long-term project aimed at creating and cataloging 30 hours of soprano/double bass music by 2030 through commissioning and research.


“emojicons” (2018) by Emily Koh
“Evil’s Peak” (2019) by Mikhail Johnson
**WORLD PREMIERE** by Sarah Gibson
“Immensity of” (2019) by Emily Praetorius

The program opens and closes with works exploring sound and color. Emily Koh conjures up specific emojis in an energetic, joy-filled work while Emily Praetorius asks for quieter and slower, almost grinding to a halt. The middle two works rely heavily on text to create images. Jamaican composer Mikhail Johnson writes a Totentanz in Patois where death, embodied by the soprano, calls everybody to her dance. Sarah Gibson’s new work uses text from Dorothy Parker’s witty “Men I’m Not Married To” and paints humorous and poignant portraits of various men and their flaws. This new work is made possible by a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant, with generous funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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* Please note, advance ticket sales will end at 5 pm on the day of the event. Door tickets will be available 30 minutes before showtime. *