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Wet Ink: Portland chamber ensemble to perform in Grass Valley

Third Angle Ensemble is one of the foremost producers and performers of contemporary chamber music in the United States. The ensemble has maintained a steadfast commitment to working with leading composers, bringing to Portland, Ore., Ye Xiaogang, Steve Reich, Chen Yi and Jennifer Higdon, among others, for programs devoted to their works.

Third Angle will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Amaral Festival Center in Grass Valley in the WET INK concert of new music, part of the Music in the Mountains summer festival.

What makes this performance special is that Third Angle will perform new works of local composers Jerry Grant, Howard Hersh, Jay Sydeman and Mark Vance. All of these composers are unique in what they bring to the world of music, with backgrounds in performance, jazz, symphonic and dramatic music for stage and film.

The WET INK concert is presented by the Nevada County Composers and named to reflect that the works are so new that the ink is not yet dry.

“We are very excited to have such premiere musicians performing our music,” said executive director Vance.

Third Angle ensemble is a piano quintet plus percussion with violin, cello, flute and clarinet. Composers may utilize part or all of the ensemble for their work.

Third Angle’s recent CD, “Chen Yi: Sound of the Five,” was named one of the top 10 best classical releases of 2009 by National Public Radio, and received glowing reviews from the prestigious Gramophone magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and Willamette Week.

The ensemble has created and presented more than 100 programs of contemporary music, commissioned more than 40 new works and released 12 recordings to critical acclaim since its founding in 1985. The group’s musicians are among the best players from the top performing institutions in Portland and the Pacific Northwest, including the Oregon Symphony, Florestan Trio, Chamber Music Northwest and the Portland Opera.

Exciting new works that will challenge the ear performed by some of the finest artists in the United States is definitely an event to place on your calendar.

Visit http://www.Composers Cooperative.org or call (530) 478-0983.

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