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Contemporary String Ensemble performs at the Blue Nile

January 16, 2009

The Contemporary String Ensemble, supported by Loyola University New Orleans faculty, will perform a free concert on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Blue Nile, located at 532 Frenchmen St., as part of its Open Ears Music Series.

The concert will debut Argentinean composer Carlos Tapia’s composition, “Ascencion.” Other unique works by acclaimed young composers will be featured including that of Loyola alumni Ryan Oliver, Alex Burtzos and Sebastián Figueroa.

“One of the strongest objectives of the Contemporary String Ensemble has been to support the performance of new works by living composers,” said Andrea Gómez, the ensemble’s executive director. “The Open Ears Music Series at the Blue Nile inspired us to come up with a program that would satisfy its followers’ craving for fresh music.”

Recent trends show classical music being performed in more non-traditional settings. The ensemble united local string players who enjoy performing in more intimate venues.

“We have played in bars like The Circle Bar or The Zeitgeist, and we have noticed that the people really like the idea of feeling like an invited guest at a party, not like a musical voyeur eavesdropping on a private conversation. It’s totally a different kind of entertainment,” Gómez said.

Gómez said audiences can expect to hear new works by local and international composers in small, relaxed settings that invite more interaction than you would find in traditional performance halls.

For more information, contact Gomez at andreacello@gmail.com or call (504) 495-7593.

Information is also available on the web at www.contemporarystringensemble.org and www.openearsmusic.org.

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