Music Department

Meme Ensemble

A meme is an idea virus - one which enters the culture and transforms it through its presence.  Some memes survive the test of time and others are later revealed as merely trends.  MEME, the ensemble, seeks to both present music that has survived the selective process, and to play an active role in
dentifying and bringing to the performing stage current ideas they believe will impact the history of music.

The emphasis on programming is extremely important.  MEME strives to create programs where audiences can experience how the music of Brahms, Beethoven, or other historically significant composers can influence how we hear contemporary music, and vice versa.  It is the ensemble's aim is to communicate to audiences their joy in finding these musical expressions, and to convey where music has come from and where it could be headed.

The MEME artists: Barry Crawford, flute; Michael Norsworthy and Carol McGonnell, clarinets; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Liuh-wen Ting, viola; Caroline Stinson, cello; Molly Morkoski, piano; and Alex Lipowski, percussion, are uniquely accomplished chamber musicians, like-minded in their desire to play music from all eras, presenting programs where each musical element informs the rest.

MEME has worked with many of today's leading composers such as John Adams, Gerald Barry, George Benjamin, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Oliver Knussen, George Perle, Steven Stucky, Andrew Waggoner, and Anna Weesner.









Last modified: Oct 31, 2013

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