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Celebrating the Circumpolar North through String Music

MIVOS performs daily at Anchorage Museum through March 11


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – March 7, 2017 – Do Northern composers have a particular sound? New York-based MIVOS string quartet is at the Anchorage Museum this week celebrating contemporary Circumpolar North composers from Russia, Canada, Iceland, Denmark, Finland and the United States. A Polar Lab artist-in-residence, MIVOS is performing in locations throughout the museum providing opportunities for listeners to connect Alaska life with the rhythms and structures of circumpolar music, and perhaps answer the question above. MIVOS’ schedule is:

·         March 8, noon, a pop-up concert in various areas of the museum, included with admission

·         March 9, noon, a pop-up concert in various areas of the museum, included with admission

·         March 10, two performances 7 and 8 p.m., in the museum’s planetarium, with moving image montage accompaniment by Alaska artist Ryan Anderson and Aaron Slonecker, $15, includes museum admission

·         March 11, 1 p.m., closing matinee concert in the museum’s exhibition Polar Bear Garden: A Place Between Alaska and Russia, free admission as part Wells Fargo Free Day


The program was conceived and curated by Conrad Winslow, Homer-raised and New York City-based artistic director of Wild Shore New Music, an Alaska presenting organization dedicated to new classical music by living composers. Among the compositions that will be performed during MIVOS’ residence include: Robert Honstein (writing about Alaska): Arctic (2013); Kaija Saariaho (Finland): Sept Papillons (2000) for solo cello; Sofia Gubaidulina (Russia): String Quartet No. 4 (1993); and Simon Steen-Anderson, Study for String Instrument No. 1.


About Polar Lab

Arts and culture make Northern communities great places to live, work and play. The Anchorage Museum launched Polar Lab as an artistic exploration of the current and future state of the North through issues spanning culture, community and the environment.


About Anchorage Museum

The largest museum in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center tells the true story of the North by connecting people, expanding perspectives and encouraging global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. The museum debuts a new wing in September 2017, that includes 25,000 additional square feet for its collection of Northern art, new Discovery Center space, and informal gallery and event space.  Learn more at www.anchoragemuseum.org.


About Wild Shore New Music

Wild Shore New Music presents adventurous new chamber music in south-central Alaska and explores how art engages the natural world in all its beauty and danger. Humans have always needed to use and understand the natural world in order to survive. Wild Shore stages this struggle, and invites audiences to reflect on it, through performances of instrumental music. Wild Shore fosters collaborations between living composers, the nation's finest classically-trained musicians, and the extraordinarily creative artists and residents of Alaska. ‚Äč


About MIVOS Quartet

The MIVOS Quartet is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, and presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet’s beginnings in 2008, they have performed works by emerging and established international composers who represent varied aesthetics of contemporary composition. 


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