Music at Duck Creek

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Audience members ready to enjoy music on the lawn at the Arts Center at Duck Creek on June 26. Meghan McGinley photo.

On August 28, at 5 p.m., Kalia Vendever Quartet and The Westerlies perform at the Arts Center at Duck Creek as part of its New Classical Series. This concert is the last of a three-part contemporary classical music series sponsored by The Joel Foundation.

The Kalia Vandever Quartet features Vendever on trombone, Lee Meadvin on guitar, Eva Lawitts on bass and Connor Parks on drums. Vandever is an accomplished trombonist and composer, writing regularly for her own projects, as well as settings ranging from brass quartet to solo violin. Her album “In Bloom,” which features all of her original work for quartet, was written up in several publications. The quartet will present music from that album, as well as newer compositions that will be recorded in September and released in early 2022.
The Westerlies is a Seattle bred, New York City-based brass quartet and one of the preeminent brass ensembles working at the nexus of classical music, jazz and pop. The players include Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands on trumpet with Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. The Westerlies have been celebrated over a series of albums and collaborations with everyone from the Fleet Foxes and Common to the jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas.  Kalia Vandever met the group during her time at The Juilliard School, and in 2020 she was commissioned to write a piece for them, which was premiered at Westerlies Fest in February, 2021. Her piece, “Calling Me Back Home,” written in memory of her maternal grandfather, along with two newly commissioned pieces will be presented during this performance.

The Arts Center at Duck Creek is at 127 Squaw Road in Springs. The concert is free. In case of inclement weather, events will take place inside for a limited audience of approximately 30 persons. First come will be seated.For details visit duckcreekarts.org.

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