Cleveland Ovations Preview: Ars Futura
Madeline Lucas Tolliver, Flute
Drew Sullivan, Clarinet
Tara Lynn Ramsey, Violin
Daniel Pereira, Cello
Shuai Wang, Piano
Luke Rinderknecht, Percussion
Joan Tower: Petroushskates
*Sean Ellis Hussey: Final Process
Robert Patterson: Sextet
Margaret Brouwer: Shattered Glass
*Buck McDaniel: Put it all in
Mario Davidovsky: Flashbacks
*Sean Ellis Hussey and Buck McDaniel were winners of the Avant-Garde Idol competition, which was organized by MOCA in 2014. All the compositions were performed by Ars Futura live during the competition. Buck McDaniel is the 1st prize winner, studying composition currently at the Cleveland State University; Sean Ellis Hussey is the 2nd prize winner where he resides in Chicago now. He held BM from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music.
About Ars Futura
Ars Futura is a Cleveland-based collective of classically trained musicians who commission and perform new music. Dedicated to building communities in which the arts play an indispensable role, the ensemble connects with audiences through innovative programming, exploration of engaging concert formats, and performances of the highest artistic quality.
Since its inaugural performance in 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ars Futura has presented concerts in a range of venues and formats with the aim of bringing its music to a diverse body of listeners. The ensemble has performed at such northeast Ohio venues as the Bop Stop, 78th Street Studios, the Cleveland Public Library, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland Heights' Deming House, the Cleveland Institute of Music's Mixon Hall, and on the Wooster Chamber Music Series, in addition to concerts in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Ars Futura was the Ensemble in Residence for the Cleveland Institute of Music's Young Composers Program in 2013 and 2014, as well as the performing ensemble for MOCA Cleveland's 2014 reality show-style composer competition, the Avant-Garde Idol.
As an ensemble of six committed educators, Ars Futura believes that arts education for all children is a crucial component of a vibrant society. The ensemble has carried out educational projects with institutions such as the Baltimore Symphony's OrchKids program, Philadelphia's Play On Philly program, and Cleveland's Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School, all of which provide free musical instruction to children who would not otherwise be able to afford it.