Ensemble 61 will perform at the James W. Mann Center for the Performing Arts at the New York Mills Public School on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The concert will feature music associated with water, including "The Voice of the Whale," by George Crumb; two songs by Jared Powell; "Steamboat Bill Junior," by Magnus Lindberg; "I Water, I Night," by Morgan Krauss; and "The Waters of Time," by Kristen Broberg with text by Pablo Neruda.
Ensemble 61 is a Saint Paul-based contemporary music group that brings new and experimental works to the public through concerts at traditional and non-traditional venues.
The band's members have been featured by internationally recognized presenters such as the American Academy in Rome, Sonic Fusion Festival in Edinburgh, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and others.
Ensemble 61's artists have received prestigious awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the American Composers Forum. The group was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and their work has been featured on National Public Radio.
Ensemble 61 was founded by composer Kirsten Broberg and percussionist Erik Barsness. The group is named after Highway 61 as a tip of the hat to Bob Dylan and the rich cultural history of the road.
Members of the band include: Barsness, percussion/co-director; Broberg, composer/co-director; Linda Chatterton, flute; Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Matthew McCright, piano; Emilia Mettenbrink, violin; Joel Salvo, cello; and Paul Schimming, clarinet.