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ensemble mise-en to make Buffalo-area debut at UB

The contemporary music collective ensemble mise-en will visit UB March 16-17 for a concert and composer workshop.

By PHILIP E. REHARD

Published March 13, 2017

ensemble mise-en, a rising contemporary classical music collective based in New York City, will perform a concert of works by emerging composers on March 16 at UB.

The concert, presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus.

The program for the UB performance will be made available on the Slee Hall website as soon as it is available.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for UB faculty/staff/alumni, seniors and non-UB students. UB students are free with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Center for the Arts box office, online at Tickets.com, and one hour before concert time at the Slee Hall box office.

The ensemble also will conduct a composer workshop at 2 p.m. March 17 in Lippes Concert Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Led by Korean composer and New York University faculty member Moon Young Ha, the multinational members of ensemble mise-en have coalesced around a real aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name “mise-en” — “mee” in Korean means “beauty” and “zahn” means “to decorate” — and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds.

Since its inception in 2011, ensemble mise-en has collaborated with many esteemed partners, among them Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Open Meadows Foundation, NYU, New York Foundation for the Arts, I-Park and Goethe-Institute Boston.

To date, the ensemble has presented more than 200 pieces, including 86 works written for the group and 54 U.S./N.Y. premieres. The group also has premiered dozens of works by lesser known or underperformed composers alongside reigning powers of the contemporary scene. This has included portrait concerts of composers Bent Sørensen, Wolfgang Mitterer, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Lukas Ligeti and upcoming programs dedicated to the works of Toshio Hosokawa, among others.

mise-en has been ensemble-in-residence at the cell in Chelsea, New York City, since 2012, presenting several concerts annually. Each year, the ensemble takes on a number of educational residencies as well, collaborating with student and faculty composers from New York University, City University of New York Graduate Center, Boston Conservatory and more.