A Fundraiser for NEXT Ensemble
Celebrating the Music, Life, & Kindness of Fred Rogers
An evening of remembering what being a good neighbor is and how together we can make a great community. NEXT Ensemble will present the songs Mr. Rogers is so famous for and share the story of how we strive to make Ogden better.
Mickey Larson - Vocalist
Nicholas Maughan - Piano
New Year New Music:
20/20 Ways of Seeing
Partnering with Utah’s New Music collective Salty Cricket, NEXT Ensemble is proud to present 20/20: Ways of Seeing, a concert to toast the New Year featuring brand new works for piano quartet composed by 4 Utah-based composers: Igor Iachimciuc, Aaron J. Kirschner, Esther Megargel, & Alfonso E. Tenreiro. Details about the composers and the commissioned works.
Concert is sponsored by the NEXT Ensemble Board of Directors
Violin - Gabriel Gordon
Viola - Sunny Johnson
Cello - Julie Bevan
Piano - Nicholas Maughan
Amahl & the Night Visitors
Presented by Next Ensemble
Its around the time of the holidays that family traditions are foremost in many peoples minds. Tradition is utterly nostalgic and even defiant: it is a way of defeating the incessant and unrelenting march of time by eating the same things, singing the same songs, decorating the same way, year after year. Keeping traditions is a means of stopping the world from spinning, just for a bit, allowing us pause to enjoy life and our loved ones.
Here in Ogden, NEXT Ensemble aims to revive a holiday tradition: the performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. Amahl was broadcast on the NBC network on or around Christmas Eve from 1951 to 1966 and, during that hour, families would gather around the television to enjoy the retelling of the nativity story from a wholly original perspective. The title character Amahl and his mother are desperately poor, yet open their home for a night to three kings traveling to see the Christ child. They (and the kings) learn a valuable lesson about wealth and gift-giving in the process.
Amahl is a fully-acted out stage work in English that contains music for solo singers, orchestra, and choir. All of the dialogue is sung, which technically makes Amahl an opera, but, unlike any opera before it, it is one originally written for television (and as such is widely accessible by children and adults alike). NEXT Ensembles presentation of Amahl retains this accessibility and adds to it the thrill of being in the same room with live performers.
Inventures: Bach --> Plugged In
Sat. 12 Oct 2019 - 6:30 PM
Would Bach have rocked out if he had electric guitars (or electricity, for that matter)? We think so, and the Inventures show us what it might have sounded like! Join Alex Rowe (bass), Parker Speirs (guitar), and Parker Swenson (drums) as they fuse Bach’s Two-Part Inventions for Keyboard with improvised Jazz, exploring the close relationship between the two.
2018 - 2019 Season
NEXT @ the Ogden Farmers Marker
Sat. 17 Aug 2019 - 10:00 AM
"Something Old, Something New" Variations on JS Bach's Partita for Solo Flute is a performance piece. This piece consists of a flutist performance of JS Bach with modern electronic music accompaniment. "Something Old, Something New" is one of five winning projects selected from the Nine Rails Creative District call for art in 2018.
Music Without Borders
June 1, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Borders come in different forms: some are physical, able to be torn down brick-by-brick. Others are not so easy to see, yet these relatively invisible social borders are just as capable of being deconstructed once we recognize them. This concert will bring to light some of those invisible societal borders faced by musicians and composers who found themselves walled off due to their gender, sexual identity, nationality, politics, and/or religion. The music and stories of Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Copland, Oliveros, and Crawford will demonstrate a variety of ways these individuals navigated and addressed the social borders thrust upon them.
Featuring: Jennifer Erickson (Soprano); Alison Olsen (Flute); Lauren Miller (Cello); Nicholas Maughan (Piano)