Jan 17, 2023

College of the Ozarks to host guest artists, Khemia Ensemble, to perform Wednesday, Jan. 18

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will host members of the Khemia Ensemble Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Newman Recital Hall at Gittinger Music Building.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

“Khemia’s innovative programming and enthusiastic support of new music is inspiring. Our composition majors are thrilled to work with these talented musicians,” said Dr. Luke Carlson, associate professor of music. “Our students will make valuable professional connections, learn about the craft of composition, and hear their music played by professionals. It is an invaluable experience for all involved.”

Khemia Ensemble is Amy Petrongelli (soprano), Mary Matthews (flute), Thiago Ancelmo (clarinet), Er-Gene Kahng (violin), Eli Lara (cello), Annie Jeng (piano), Shane Jones (percussion), and Chelsea Tinsler Jones (percussion).

Ensemble Program

“Don’t Beat a Word” – composed by Nina Shekhar

“The Beauty Been” – composed by Luke Carlson, text by Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Constellations” – composed by Emma O'Halloran

“Visual Abstract” – composed by Pierre Jalbert

“In a field of stars” – composed by David Biedenbender, text by Robert Fanning

More about Khemia

Khemia is an innovative group of artist educators who represent a diverse range of voices in contemporary classical music.

Hailed by the Columbia Daily Tribune as adding a “fresh dimension” to the concert experience, Khemia Ensemble is dedicated to reflecting broader perspectives in contemporary classical chamber music. With its dynamic instrumentation (soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, two percussion), Khemia’s unique sound world encompasses the presentation of new classical music with a mix of acoustic chamber works, multimedia, and multi-genre influences.

Khemia has been featured in venues and festivals including National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY), the Mizzou International Composers Festival (Columbia, MO), Strange Beautiful Music (Detroit, MI), New Music Gathering (Bowling Green, OH), Latin IS America (East Lansing, MI), the Missouri Summer Composition Institute, and the Biennial New Music Festival (Córdoba, Argentina). Passionate artist educators, Khemia has held residencies at more than a dozen universities in North and South America. The ensemble's eight members hold faculty positions at seven academic institutions across the U.S., including University of Georgia, Tennessee Tech University, Utah State University, University of Arkansas, University of Missouri, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Utah Valley University.

Committed to expanding the chamber music repertoire, Khemia has commissioned and premiered over 60 works by professional, collegiate, and high school composers. Recent collaborators include Nicolas Lell Benavides, David Biedenbender, Stefan Freund, Phillip Sink, and Nina Shekhar. Khemia’s sophomore album, Intersections, can be heard on Ravello Records.