Past Events

We are privileged to have produced many wonderful shows over the past several years.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Bel Air Presbyterian Church

Ernest Bloch, Concerto Grosso no. 1
Dan Hosken, Vivaldi Redux (world premiere)
Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto for two trumpets
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Serenade K. 525

Nimbus Institute conducting workshop
September 15 — 22, 2012
St. Mel’s Parish, Nimbus studios & Bel Air Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Westwood United Methodist Church

Luciano Berio, Chemins II (su Sequenza VI)
                        –  Sequenza VI, Zach Dellinger, viola
Liviu Marinescu, Harmonic Fields (world premiere, expanded version)
Young Riddle, Brass Quintet, Mvt. V
Giovanni Gabrieli, Canzona per sonare no. 4
                       –  Canzon duodecimi toni
Samuel Scheidt, Galliard Battaglia
Johann Sebastian Bach, Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, Namhee Han, organ

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wilshire United Methodist Church

Liviu Marinescu, Focus (world premiere)
– Instant (world premiere)
– Morphing (U.S. premiere)
George Enescu, Chamber Symphony, Op. 33 (Los Angeles premiere)
Claude Debussy, Syrinx
Edgard Varese, Density 21.5

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Zipper Concert Hall – Colburn School of Performing Arts (venue info)

Iannis Xenakis, Palimpsest (1979)
Dan Hosken, World Premiere, written over Xenakis’ Palimpsest
Arnold Schoenberg, Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16 (Arr. Felix Greissle)
Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces for Clarinet
Steven Hoey, Sotra Voce
Nimbus Institute
Saturday, March 24, 2007
UCLA-Hammer Museum

“Building, Destroying or Ignoring: Examining Creative Relationships to a Past—Palimpsest as Metaphor.”  In tandem with the Ensemble’s March 29 concert, the Nimbus Institute presented three renowned scholars exploring intriguing aspects of the past present relationship.  These stimulating lectures examine how substrata from a past interacting with present surface features informs our understanding and aesthetic responses.

Widely known for her seminal work in electronic contextuality, Marjorie Luesebrink discussed “The Palimpsest in Electronic Literature: Refreshing Modalities.” (see here for related information)

Architectural Historian and head of special collections at the Getty Research Institute, Wim De Wit brought his focus to design implications of the palimpsest metaphor.

Composer and head of CSUN’s music technology studio Dan Hosken explored his creative use of Iannis Xenakis’ Palimpsest as the basic building material for his new composition, featured in the Ensemble’s March 29 concert. In “Erasing Xenakis: Creating a Palimpsest of Palimpsest” Dr. Hosken brought us inside his richly layered compositional process.

Related links:
Palimpsest variously defined and explored
PBS NOVA series on the Archimedes palimpsest
Palimpsest in hypertexts and consciousness

Sunday, April 23, 2006
Westwood United Methodist Church

Dimitri Shoshtakovich, Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, Sarkis Baltaian, piano
Witold Lutoslawski, Preludes & Fugue for 13 solo strings
Ludwig van Beethoven, Grosse Fugue for string orchestra

Sunday, February 12, 2006
Westwood United Methodist Church

György Ligeti, Ramifications (for two string groups tuned a quarter-tone apart)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 (with historically-informed instrumentation, including french horn and recorder rather than trumpet and flute)
Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 49 (La Passione)

L.A. Times review of February 12, 2006 concert (search the L.A. Times Archives)

Nimbus Institute
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Steinway Hall, Los Angeles

Symposium on The Physicality of Music at Steinway Hall (12121 W. Pico Blvd., L.A), featuring composers Dr. Dan Hosken (Director of Music Technology at CSUN), Dr. Jeffrey Holmes (Lecturer at USC’s Thornton School of Music) and Nimbus Ensemble Music Director Dr. Young Riddle discussing both composers’ creative relationship to the physical nature of their compositional materials, and the connection of these insights to the Ligeti work on Sunday’s orchestra concert. Oboist Paul Sherman performing.

Sunday, December 4, 2005
Westwood United Methodist Church

J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Tomaso Albinoni, Concert a 5, Op. 7, No. 2, Paul Sherman, oboe
Paul Hindemith, Cello Concerto Op. 36, No. 2 [Kammermusik No. 3], Jason Calloway, cello
Leon Kirchner, Music for Twelve
                     – Five Pieces for Piano, Nadia Shpachenko, piano

Sunday, April 10, 2005
Westwood United Methodist Church

Elliott Carter – Dialogues for piano and chamber orchestra [West Coast Premiere], Nadia Shpachenko, piano
Igor Stravinsky, Dumbarton Oaks concerto in E Flat (1937-38)
J.S. Bach, Concerto No. 1 in A Minor (BWV 1041), Rebekka Hartmann, violin
Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Sonata for solo Violin

L.A. Times review of April 10, 2005 concert (search the L.A. Times Archives)

Wednesday, March 23, 2005
The Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

“Sound and Space in the Rothko Chapel” – lecture by Getty Research Institute director Thomas Crow with
performance by Nimbus Ensemble of Morton Feldman’s:

  – Rothko Chapel (with the Los Angeles Vocal Artists)
  – De Koooning
– The Viola in my Life 2
– I Met Heine on the Rue Furstenberg

Sunday, January 16, 2005
Westwood United Methodist Church

Luciano Berio, Chemins IV (1975)
     –   Sequenza VII, Paul Sherman, oboe
Elliott Carter , Elegy for Strings (1943/1952)
George Friedrich Handel, Organ Concerto, Op. 4, no. 3 in G Minor, Lawrence Strohm, organ
Arcangelo Corelli, Adagio

Saturday, June 4, 2004
The Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Stephen Prina (visual artist and composer), “A House Is Not A Home”. [NB-This performance was part of the L. A. Philharmonic/Getty “Building Music” symposium.]

Sunday, May 23, 2004
Westwood United Methodist Church

Witold Lutoslawsky, Musique Funèbre (1958)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052, Sarkis Baltaian, piano
Young Riddle, Emanations (2004, site-specific work)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony no. 29 in A Major, K. 201

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