No, it’s not string quartets, piano trios, or even woodwind quintets; it’s a CD album of World Premiere recordings of some of the finest of today’s classical repertoire for flute and guitar. It released April 26, 2019 by PARMA Recordings on the Navona Records label for international distribution by Naxos. Financial support from the prestigious Individual Artist (Advancement Program) Grant of the Indiana Arts Commission, generous Individual Donors, and in-kind support from WFMT Classical Music Radio/Chicago 98.7FM. Order it Here! Or Here! News Flash! THREE new albums are presently being negotiated! Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Contact us here!
By embedding Duo Sequenza’s musical artistry throughout the Lake Michigan South Shore Region with numerous informal, short, curated performances in multiple non-traditional venues, we will create awareness and stimulate broad public interest in chamber music, especially new music. This outreach and education project was awarded an Arts Project Support grant from South Shore Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Performances throughout March 2019 were free to the public with community partners such as the Art Barn, Porter County Public Library, Ironwood Brewing, the Village at Burns Harbor, The Valparaiso Inn, Lambstone Winery and many more. This project was again won an Arts Project Support Grant for 2020, and will appear in many more new venues in March 2020! If YOU would like to host a Project Listen Up! event in YOUR place of business, contact us here!
Our 5th Annual National Chamber Music Concert continued its tradition of featuring today’s American music for our ensemble on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Valparaiso Indiana's historic Memorial Opera House, with its exceptional acoustic and visual splendor, is our venue–partner. Cash bar and Artist Meet and Greet prior to the concert. This concert receives in-kind support from the Memorial Opera House Foundation, Inc. Watch our calendar, or better yet, subscribe to our website to hear about our May 2020 National Chamber Music Month Concert!
July found us teaming up with composers Zae Munn, Joshua Marquez, Laura Schwendinger, and James Aiken at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend for the Summer Composition Intensive. We lectured on the intricacies of writing music for the flute and guitar duo with performance examples, as well as playing and recording the music composed by the composer-attendees during the workshop. Our presentation was called "Textures, and Gestures, and Time, Oh My!" and is now available for touring as an adjunct program. It is suitable for advanced high school through professional composers.
Journey Beyond the Notes! with our 2016 Indiana Bicentennial commission by Jorge Muniz. In addition to presentations of this program in “Project Listen Up!” we are delighted to be returning to the Gene Stratton-Porter Historic Site in August and Limberlost State Historic Site in October for this important event designed to teach “the Art of Listening.” Formerly known as our "South Shore Suite Interactive Concert Experience, financial support for this free-to-the-public program is provided by the Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana State Museum, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources via the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites 2019 Grant.
Since we're delighted with our 2016 commission for Debra's 1816 Laurent Crystal Flute, "Crystal Healing" by Gary Schocker, and since our audiences so love the sound of this wonderful rare instrument, we hope to commission other composers to summon their muses and write more music for it. We will need to do some serious fundraising to bring this project to fruition, but such a priceless vision seems well worthwhile.
“Miller Borne: the Musical Residency of a Native Son”
In collaboration with the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, Duo Sequenza is developing a composer residency to present the exquisite chamber music of Miller Beach native composer Jerry Owen. The residency will include outreach and educational activities throughout the three-county Lake Michigan South Shore Region in Indiana. Targeted for Fall 2020, the activities will culminate in a formal chamber music concert of Dr. Owen’s works and the World Premiere of a brand new piece written for Duo Sequenza based on the history of the Miller Beach community and honoring its continuing support of the fine arts. This project is presently available for major funding. Inquire here if you'd like to help make this project possible. Please be sure to mention that your gift is for "Miller Borne: the Musical Residency of a Native Son, Composer Jerry Owen" so that you are properly acknowledged!