Composer Jessica Meyer is the recipient of the 2nd annual Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Composer Award. She will be in Bangor for a community residency the week prior to the world premiere of her new work for orchestra, “The Air of New Places,” on March 6th, 2022.
Meet the Composer [Online]
Wednesday, February 16, 12 p.m.
Free Admission | Details and Zoom Registration
Pre-Concert Talk [Online]
Available online starting Monday, February 28
Free Admission | Link to Streaming
Jessica Meyer: Solo Show [In person]
Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m. | Bangor Arts Exchange
Free Admission | Details and RSVP
Forum: Women in Classical Music [In person]
Thursday, March 3, 11 a.m. | Minsky Recital Hall
Free Admission | Details
Concert: From Firebird to the Future [In person and online]
Sunday, March 6, 3 p.m. | Available online starting Tuesday, March 8
Tickets starting at $15 | Details and Tickets
As part of her residency, Jessica will be sharing the full range of her talents as an educator, violist, and composer, leading workshops with high school musicians at Orono High School, Bangor High School, and Mount Desert Island High School. In addition, she will be coaching young violists of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras.
About Jessica Meyer
With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (New York Times), Jessica Meyer is a GRAMMY® – nominated violist and composer whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility and emotional clarity. Her first composer/performer portrait album recently debuted at #1 on the Billboard traditional classical chart, where “knife-edge anticipation opens on to unexpected, often ecstatic musical realms, always with a personal touch and imaginatively written for the instruments” (Gramophone Magazine).
Meyer’s compositions viscerally explore the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors available to each instrument while using traditional and extended techniques inspired by her varied experiences as a contemporary and period instrumentalist. Since embarking on her composition career seven years ago, premieres have included performances by acclaimed vocal ensembles Roomful of Teeth and Vox Clamantis, the St. Lawrence String Quartet as the composer in residence at Spoleto Festival USA, the American Brass Quintet, PUBLIQuartet, cellist Amanda Gookin for her Forward Music Project, Sybarite 5, NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street, a work for A Far Cry commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Juilliard School for a project with the Historical Performance Program, and by the Lorelei Ensemble for a song cycle that received the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America.
This project is made possible by the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, with additional concert and event support from Birchbrook and the City of Bangor Commission on Cultural Development.