No Texting Please: Concert with Arneis Quartet

What do words in music sound like when there are no actual words? How can text inspire textless works? Come join WordSong and the Arneis Quartet as we explore the multiple connections between letters and notes. What do you think you'll hear? What did you hear? We want to know!

WordSong, Boston's premier presenter of conversation-based concerts, presents:

"No Texting Please" an evening of untexted music inspired by text
featuring the Arneis Quartet performing new works by Howard Frazin, Tom Schnauber,
and Andy Vores, along with Leos Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1,"The Kreutzer Sonata"

Sunday, October 29th at 7:00 PM at Parish Hall, Emmanuel Episcopal Church
15 Newbury Street, Boston MA
Buy Tickets - general admission $15, students $10, group rates also available;

WORDSONG Founded in 2008 by composers Howard Frazin and Tom Schnauber, WordSong is a Boston-based music presenter that has created a new concert format focused on public conversation about intuitive musical understanding, and aspires to reconnect musicians and audiences through shared, active, artistic experiences, as well as develop a new and diverse community of engaged and inspired listeners and music-makers. In its 9-year history WordSong has produced 11 Forum series and various concerts based on texts as diverse as William Blake’s “The Tyger” and Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”. They have presented over 50 performances throughout New England, as well as in New York, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC, and as far away as Vancouver, BC, and Bulgaria, premiering over 60 new works by living composers for an audience of over 2000. [ for full bio]

Boston-based Arneis Quartet performs an eclectic range of programs from the standard to comtemporary, including commisions of new works and interdisciplinary collaborations in New England and throughout the country. This prizewinning quartet has performed internationally in Canada, Italy, and China. They bring their energetic approach and programming to traditional concert venues as well as salon style concerts and community outreach. [for full bio]

The music of Howard Frazin has been called “genuinely touching” by the Dallas Morning News and “clear in design … ingeniously scored … with an almost unbearable poignancy” by The Boston Globe. His work is performed by and commissioned for many of New England’s leading ensembles, including A Far Cry, Boston Classical Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Claremont Trio, Florestan Recital Project, Lorelei Ensemble, Lydian String Quartet, and Triple Helix, and has been programmed at festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Rockport, Monadnock, Bowdoin, Kneisel Hall, and Yellow Barn. His works are published by Edition Peters and recorded on Ravello Records and MSR Classics. [for full bio]

Co-Founder of WordSong, German-American composer Tom Schnauber is currently professor in the Performing Arts Department at Emmanuel College in Boston and is a former co-president of Compsoers in Red Sneakers. He has also studied French horn performance, ethnomusicology, and did a small stint in Hollywood scoring films no one will ever see. A versatile composer, Schnauber enjoys writing for a variety of ensembles, including unaccompanied instruments, chamber ensembles, solo voice and vocal ensembles, string orchestra, and symphony orchestra. He also writes music for various theatrical and musical productions. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe.]

Andy Vores was born Wales and raised in England. He studied at Lancaster University with Edward Cowie. From 1982 working as Composer-in-Residence at The City University, London. In 1986 he was a Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood. He has lived in Boston since 1990. 1999 to 2001 he was Composer-in-Residence to the BankBoston Celebrity Series, and 2002 to 2005 Composer-in-Residence to the New England Philharmonic. From 2001 until 2016 he taught at The Boston Conservatory where he was Chair of Composition, Theory, and Music History.  Commissions include Freshwater (The Boston University Opera Institute), Wetherby Nocturne for Kathleen Supové (The Barlow Endowment), Quartet No.3 for The Borromeo String Quartet (Chamber Music America), World Wheel for The Cantata Singers, Umberhulk for Boston Musica Viva, and Uncertainty Is Beautiful for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Awards include a Koussevitsky Fellowship, the Kucyna International Composition Competition, the Scottish National Orchestra Ian Whyte Award, the Tanglewood Prize for Composition, the Omaha Symphony Guild New Music Contest, and the Huddersfield Festival. [for full bio]