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  • Ripley Presents “Regarding Insects” Project EcoMusic’s Inaugural Concert

    LIVE and LIVE STREAMED: FRIDAY, May 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m.


    Live in-person and live streamed from the newly renovated Ripley Chapel at First Congregational Church. Please join us for an inventive and dynamic evening of chamber music featuring Project EcoMusic, an exciting collaborative of new composers and performers.


    Project EcoMusic, founded and led by composer Luke Blackburn, presents conservation as an artistic practice. Founded in 2019, the collaborative partners with arts organizations to demonstrate how they can impact the natural world through interdisciplinary collaboration. This accessible and vital concert will present four stunning commissions of new works in celebration of the establishment of Winchester’s Monarch Waystation. The music at this concert will portray, with warmth and humor and beauty, a variety of fascinating insect species, played by some of Boston’s finest instrumentalists.


    Featuring flute, clarinet, violin, cello and harp, these chamber works represent the inner lives of a “menagerie of spectacular creatures.” Peter Scoma’s “Dragonfly” explores the transformative and reflective life journey of the dragonfly; Emily Koh’s en·to·moph·a·gy” reminds us of the nutrient value of consuming tasty insects; Joseph Sowa’s “3000 Miles” is a curated tour of the yearly monarch migration. Finally, Luke Blackburn’s “Menagerie of Spectacular Creatures: Insecta” is designed as a musical snippet of an insect’s life, sometimes from the human perspective or sometimes from the insect’s perspective. You will hear from butterfly, ant, grasshopper, dung beetle, mosquito, firefly and more.


    Program includes:

    • Peter Scoma: “Dragonfly,”[2020] for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and harp
    • Emily Koh: “en·to·moph·a·gy” [2021] for alto flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, and styrofoam
    • Joseph Sowa: “3000 Miles” [2020] for flute and harp
    • Luke Blackburn: “Menagerie of Spectacular Creatures: Insecta” [2021] for flute, piccolo, alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and harp.


    Tickets are $20 (in-person or live stream): Purchase tickets Here


    For more information about the concert, please contact Jane Ring Frank, Minister of Music and Worship Arts, at 857-919-0983.

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