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Biography
The Contemporary Ensemble is directed jointly by Jeffery Meyer and Richard Faria and focuses on music of our time as well as classics of the 20th century.

The ensemble is comprised of both faculty and students, providing a uniquely formative and intense performance experience for IC students in major new works. Recently, the ensemble performed at the 20th International New Music Festival "Sound Ways" in St. Petersburg, Russia in November 2008. The concert took place at Glinka Hall of the Philharmonic, one of St. Petersburg's most beautiful and prestigious halls. The ensemble combined six faculty members and eight students under the artistic leadership of Sally Lamb and conducted by Jeffery Meyer. Lamb, a composer, teaches composition in the School of Music. Meyer, who conducts the two Ithaca College orchestras, is also the music director and founder of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. The St. PCP has been participating in the “Sound Ways” new music festival for the past four years, and its director, composer Alexander Radvilovich, invited the Ithaca Contemporary Ensemble to perform in its 20th Anniversary Festival. The program in Glinka Hall included music of Schoenberg, Mackey, Carter, and Ligeti, as well as the world premieres of “Joy Ride” by Lamb and “Weierstrass” by Rezetdinov.

In addition to the ensemble's concert, the students had the opportunity to play side-by-side within the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in a performance of a world premiere by Radvilovich and the Russian Premier of John Adams' Choruses from the Death of Klinghofer during the festival. Additionally, the ensemble focuses on commissioning and premiering new works both by visiting artists and students and have performed works by visiting artists such as Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, Karel Husa, William Bolcom, Marc Mellits, Stephen Hartke, and Steven Stucky.
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