About News

Composer Portrait of Ann Cleare chosen as one of “The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments”

The New York Times included the March 1 Composer Portrait of Ireland's Ann Cleare, featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble, in their list of "The Week's 8 Best Classical Music Moments." 

"At Miller Theatre on Thursday, the young Irish-born composer Ann Cleare discussed her drafting process during a post-intermission Q. and A. She said she often uses electronics while sketching a piece. Then, when collaborating with instrumentalists, she figures out how to produce those sounds acoustically. Ms. Cleare’s 2013 work “to another of that other” closed the concert and served as an exciting confirmation of how well her method works. Midway through Thursday’s performance, by the International Contemporary Ensemble, sustained-tone clouds mixed with breathy effects to create a hallucinatory impression. The suppleness of the live playing was clear — particularly during the trumpeter Peter Evans’s febrile exclamations — but lingering in the background was a mysterious haze suggestive of the electroacoustic tradition. An earlier performance of the piece, by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, pulls off the same trick of sonic misdirection." SETH COLTER WALLS

Read the complete list here.