Ben Bolter

"..Bolter spotlighted the showiest aspects of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody #1 and made it look easy." (National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.)

- Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post

News:

Ben will conduct two ensembles on Oct 6, 2016 at Harris Theatre as part of Chicago's Ear Taxi Festival with Northwestern's Contemporary Music Ensemble and a side-by-side with the International Contemporary Ensemble and People's Music School Youth Orchestra which will feature a world premiere by Marcos Balter

Upcoming Performances

Thursday October 6 at 7:30

EAR TAXI FESTIVAL

Marcos Balter Violin Concerto - CHICAGO PREMIERE  

David Bowlin, violin | International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Marcos Balter Divertimento Concertante - WORLD PREMIERE   ICE with The People's Music School Youth Orchestra

Hans Thomalla Wonderblock CHICAGO PREMIERE
Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble

Harris Theatre at Millennium Park, Chicago, IL

Saturday October 22 at 7:30pm

Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble

Hans Thomalla Wonderblock
Marcos Balter Growth
Hunter Hanson, New Work
Kaija Saariaho IO

Galvin Recital Hall: 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

Saturday November 19 at 7:30pm

Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble

Steve Reich Proverb
Helmut Lachenmann Mouvement
Alex Mincek Chamber Concerto
Andrew Norman Try

Ben Bolter and Alan Pierson, Conductors

Galvin Recital Hall: 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

Saturday December 17 at 3pm

Merit String Orchestra and Merit Philharmonic

Edvard Grieg Suite for Strings "From Holberg's Time"
Giuseppe Verdi I Vespri Siciliani Overture
Johannes Brahms Symphony #2 in D Major, Op. 73

Gottlieb Hall: Merit School of Music - 38 South Peoria St. Chicago, IL

Wednesday February 1, 2017 at 7:30pm

Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble 

Derek Bermel Canzonas Americanas
Iannis Xenakis Jalons
Wesley Levers, New Work- TBD

Galvin Recital Hall: 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

Thursday March 2, 2017 at 7:30pm

Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble w/ Tony Arnold

George Aperghis A Shot in the Dark
Clint Needham Urban Sprawl

Ryan Opera Theater: 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

Recent Past Performances

Friday July 29, 2016 at 7:30pm

Festival Youth Orchestra at New England Conservatory

Shostakovich Festive Overture
Berlioz Hungarian March
Brahms Symphony #4 in E Minor

Jordan Hall: 290 Huntington Ave, Boston M

Friday May 20, 2016 at 7:30pm

Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble

Timo Andres Checkered Shade
Nick Cline water-witching for solo tenor sax, ensemble and electronics (world premiere)
Simon Steen-Andersen Chambered Music
Louis Andriessen Workers Union

Ryan Opera Theater - Evanston, IL

Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 12pm

Merit Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor (Irene Castillo, violin)
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis

Chicago Symphony Center- Orchestra Hall - Chicago, IL

Saturday May 14, 2016 at 3pm

Merit School of Music- The Conservatory Symphony and String Orchestras

Grieg Two Elegiac Melodies
Mozart Divertimento in Bb
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor (Irene Castillo, violin)
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis

Gottlieb Hall- Chicago, IL (West Loop)

Sunday April 17, 2016 at 4pm

Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble and Bienen Early/Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (w/ Donald Nally and Alan Pierson)

All David Lang Program
Forced March
Increase
I Never
A House (World Premiere)

Galvin Recital Hall- Evanston, IL

Saturday April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm

Claire Chase and the Northwestern Bienen School of Music Presents The Chicago Premiere of: Salvatore Sciarrino's Cutting the Circle of Sounds for 104 flutes

With Northwestern University Flute studio, NU composition studio, students from The People's Music School, Merit School of Music, and many other Chicago-based flutists

Read more about it HERE

Thursday March 10, 2016 at 7:30pm

Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble

Witold Lutoslawski Chain I
George Friedrich Haas In Vain

Ryan Opera Theatre - Evanston, IL

Saturday February 27, 2016 at 3pm

Merit School of Music- Conservatory Chamber and String Orchestras PERFORMATHON

Mozart Divertimento for Strings in Bb Major (k.137)
Saint-Saens Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah

Merit School of Music, Gottlieb Hall- Chicago, IL

Thursday February 4, 2016 at 7:30pm

Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble
Alex Mincek Poco a poco (2008)
Luis Fernando Amaya en mi caminar en el desierto (2015: world premiere, conducted by Vincent Povazsay)
Matthew Peterson Tumult and Flood (2016: world Premiere)
Julia Wolfe Tell Me Everything (1994)

Galvin Recital Hall - Evanston, IL

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