Radical Congeniality: Joel Peterson Ensemble

Radical Congeniality: Joel Peterson Ensemble
April 5, 2019 paperlesslion

Experience contemporary music at its finest when Pro Musica of Detroit presents the Joel Peterson Ensemble in a concert performance on Friday. Featuring original works by Mr. Peterson, performed by an ensemble of accomplished Detroit-area musicians, “Radical Congeniality” begins May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

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Composer, musician and art facilitator based in Detroit, Joel Peterson has explored and encompassed methods of music-making from traditional and popular forms to experimental and classical works. A Kresge Arts Fellow, Mr. Peterson’s compositions have been performed by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theater and New Music Detroit, which performed in 2017 for Pro Musica of Detroit.

The Pro Musica of Detroit program is entitled “Radical Congeniality.” A contemporary tour de force featuring Mr. Ferguson’s work, the concert includes his critically acclaimed “Freedom of Assembly.” Mr. Ferguson will lead an ensemble of talented musicians who include violinists Sonia Lee and Mary Riccardi, violist James Greer, cellist Abby Alwin, clarinetist Lisa Raschiatore, saxophonist Marcus Elliot, vibraphonist Zac Brunell, and pianist Clem Fortuna. Mr. Ferguson also will join the performers on a number of pieces, playing double bass, piano, guitar and glass harmonica. Selected works by French modernist Erik Satie serve to introduce the program.

Joel Peterson has performed in the United States and Europe. He studied double-bass with Detroit Symphony Orchestra Principal Robert Gladstone and Dan Pliskow, as well as guitar with John Denome. He is a founding member of ensembles that include Immigrant Suns, Scavenger Quartet, Lac La Belle, Odu Afrobeat, Xenharmonic Gamelan, and BoxDeserter. Sharing his appreciation for the arts with, he has programmed music and art in Detroit for 16 years, including events at Bohemian National Home from 2005-2008. Joel Peterson was awarded a Kresge Arts Fellowship in 2010. In 2013, he founded the performance space, art gallery and café, Trinosophes.

The Artists

  • Lisa Raschiatore – clarinets
  • James Greer – viola
  • Abby Alwin – cello
  • Sonia Lee – violin
  • Mary Ricardi – violin
  • Clem Fortuna – piano
  • Marcus Elliot – tenor sax
  • Zac Burnell – vibraphone

The Program

Introduction, featuring a selection of works by Eric Satie (TBD)

Set 1

  • Wrong Blank Canvas  (2011)
    Lisa Raschiatore – clarinets, James Greer – viola, Abby Alwin – cello
  • String Quartet For a Pair of 45s  (2010)
    Sonia Lee – violin, Mary Ricardi – violin, James Greer – viola, Abby Alwin – cello2
  • Portrait of a Scavenger (2010)
    Clem Fortuna – piano, Marcus Elliot –  tenor saxophone, Joel Peterson – double-bass
  • Kalamazoo Mis-step (2010)
    Mary Ricardi – violin, Lisa Raschiatore – clarinet, James Greer – viola, Abby Alwin – cello, Joel Peterson – guitar
  • Eclipse Quartet (2017)
    Lisa Raschiatore – clarinet, James Greer – viola, Abby Alwin – cello, Joel Peterson – guitar

Set 2

  • Freedom of Assembly (2011)
    Sonia Lee – violin, Mary Ricardi – violin, Lisa Raschiatore – bass clarinet, Marcus Elliot – tenor sax, Zac Burnell – vibraphone
  • Playing with Fire  (2011)
    Sonia Lee – violin, James Greer – viola, Clem Fortuna – piano, Joel Peterson –  glass harmonica, Jennie Knaggs (tentative) – voice
  • Four For Carl (2009)
    Lisa Raschiatore – clarinet, Marcus Elliot – tenor saxophone, Sonia Lee – violin, Mary Ricardi – violin, Abby Alwin – cello, Joel Peterson – double-bass, Zac Burnell – vibraphone, Clem Fortuna – piano


About Pro Musica of Detroit

The Pro Musica experience represents a unique part of Detroit’s cultural heritage connecting audiences directly with musicians since 1928. With the intimate venue of The Cube, audience members are able to sit in cabaret style seating that is in close proximity to the performer. Also unique to Pro Musica is that artists are encouraged to speak directly to the audience about the works and composers they are performing. Afterwards, audience members enjoy the opportunity to mingle with the artists and other audience members at an Afterglow reception.

Now in its 91st season, Pro Musica of Detroit is the city’s oldest presenter of chamber music. Past artists have included some of the most well-known names in chamber music including composers Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copland, and Michael Daugherty. Pro Musica’s roster of performing artists includes Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, Amit Peled, Benjamin Grosvenor, as well as Michigan’s own emerging classical stars Ivan Moshchuk and New Music Detroit. The mission of Pro Musica of Detroit is to present to its members works that are rarely or infrequently heard–contemporary as well as classical. Pro Musica of Detroit is a 501(c)(3) Organization. For more information, please visit www.promusicadetroit.com.