Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist Series
Miranda Cuckson & Nunc

Fri Apr 6|Chapin Hall|8:00 PM|free

Nunc by Richard Anderson

Miranda Cuckson and Nunc offer a glimpse into the music of now with the Piano Quartet (2016) by Harold Meltzer; L’heure bleue (2013) by Nina C. Young; Hypha (2013-14) by Sebastian Hilli; Timelash (2003, rev. 2016) by Christopher Bailey; and a world premiere by Williams composer Ileana Perez Velasquez, Lights of lives flowing through your eyes (2018).
The performers are Emi Ferguson, flute; Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Blair McMillen, piano; Miranda Cuckson, violin (and director); Lois Martin, viola; John Popham, cello; and Carl Bettendorf, conductor.

Since its successful inaugural concert in 2007 in New York City, Nunc has presented programs of vividly juxtaposed music each season and given celebrated world and United States premieres by composers such as Stefano Gervasoni, David Rakowski, Michael Hersch and Ralph Shapey. In addition to self-producing events at diverse venues in New York, Nunc has performed as invited guest ensemble at the Contempo series at University of Chicago, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the summer of 2014, Nunc gave the acclaimed premiere of Michael Hersch’s opera On the Threshold of Winter at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Recent projects include a several-days residency at Williams College, a concert (including three premieres) at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, performances at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and recordings of music by Ileana Perez Velazquez.

Nunc was founded by artistic director Miranda Cuckson in 2007, as an occasional concert series called “Transit Circle” (a type of telescope). It was renamed Nunc (the Latin word for “now”) and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2012. Nunc is devoted to presenting high-caliber performances of music of current, recent and older eras. Distinctive programming highlights innovations and contributions. By including contemporary compositions in a context of historical continuity and evolution, Nunc enhances our sense of immediacy of the present and reveals the interrelation of works across time and divergent philosophies. Comprising a flexible collection of performers and artists, rather than a fixed ensemble roster, Nunc exposes listeners to important styles and developments including those of our own day.

In demand as soloist and chamber musician, violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson is known for her performances of a wide range of repertoire, and is one of the foremost and most active interpreters of contemporary music. She performs in concert venues including Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Miller Theatre, and the Lincoln Center and Bard Festivals, and at universities, galleries and informal spaces. Following her album of concertos by Korngold and Ponce, she recorded the wreckage of flowers: music by Michael Hersch, and CDs of music by Americans Shapey, Martino and Finney, for which she was awarded grants from the Copland and Ditson funds. Her CD of Nono’s la lontananza nostalgica utopica futura was named a Best Classical Recording of 2012 by the New York Times. She has worked with many of today’s finest composers including Carter, Haas, Dutilleux, Sciarrino, Adams, Crumb, Lachenmann, Saariaho and Davidovsky. Over the last decade or so in New York, she has been involved in many adventurous music organizations in the city, as frequent performer and as presenter of concert events.