Diagenesis Duo to play New Music for Cello and Soprano at UM

March 14, 2014

MISSOULA – Contemporary classical music group Diagenesis Duo will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at the University of Montana Music Recital Hall. The program will feature new music for cello and soprano, and the duo will collaborate with UM Professor Kimberly Gratland James, a mezzo-soprano, to perform Morton Feldman’s “Two Voices and Cello.” Tickets range from $8 to $12 and can be purchased by calling 406-243-4581.

Formed by cellist Jennifer Bewerse of San Diego and UM alumna and soprano Heather Barnes of Helena, Diagenesis Duo has performed new music across the United States and Canada since 2011. They gave their premiere concert in Helena in May 2011 and since have toured throughout North America, at venues such as the Boston Conservatory, the University of Florida and the University of California, San Diego. They also have held prestigious residencies at the Banff Center for the Arts and UC San Diego and currently are recording their debut album.

Through their work, they strive to support living composers and have commissioned and premiered many works. With the support of the Myrna Loy Grant to Artists, Diagenesis Duo will perform at the Myrna Loy Center, UM and the Lewistown Art Center March 20-31. They also will perform outreach work in community schools, at the Missoula Children’s Museum and at Helena’s Exploration Works.

The duo will travel to Missoula on Thursday, March 20, to spend several days working with UM students and faculty members. Their time at the University will begin with a workshop evaluating pieces composition students have written for cello and soprano.

On Sunday, March 23, the duo will join the Missoula Children’s Museum for NewSonics: Music Outreach. From 1 to 1:30 p.m., the Diagenesis Duo will perform an interactive new music program and concert-goers will get to play along on simple instruments and move to the music. Admission costs $4.25 per person, and the museum is located at 225 W. Front St. For more information call 406-541-7529.

For more information on the Diagenesis Duo, visit http://www.diagenesisduo.com/. For more information on the Missoula events, call Barnes at 406-422-5362 or email heatherebarnes@hotmail.com.






Contact: Cheri Ferguson, promotions coordinator, UM School of Music, 406-243-6885, cheri.ferguson@mso.umt.edu.