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January 31, 2007 Arts and Entertainment

Mathew Fuerst Named MCCE's New Composer-in-Residence

From: Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble
As MCCE gets ready for another exhilarating year of music, we are proud to announce accomplished Julliard Graduate Mathew Fuerst as our Composer-In-Residence for the 2006-2007 Season.

Fuerst's music has been performed around the world, including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, as well as Budapest, Montreal, Paris, Hong Kong, Dallas, and Houston. His work has won him many awards and honors including the Palmer-Dixon Prize for Best Composition at the Julliard School, which he won on two occasions. Fuerst has also received multiple ASCAP awards and was a finalist for the Whitaker Competition held by The American Composers Orchestra. His Clarinet Quartet was written for the New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, and has been presented by the Washington Ballet and the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. Last year he received his D.M.A. in composition from The Juilliard School.

"Mathew is an accomplished individual who has an energy and a passion for music that matches the enthusiasm of the rest of our company. In working together, I am confident that Season Three will be an exciting opportunity for all. To have the ability to work with accomplished young talent is especially fulfilling to MCCE, as we take great pride in working with some of the most fresh, skillful, and professional musicians. "
~ Tamara Keshecki, MCCE Founder & Artistic Director

"I am very honored to be chosen as MCCE's composer-in-residence for the 2006-2007 concert season. A paid residency is a rare opportunity to both create new music and to showcase some of my earlier works. The outreach MCCE does is quite impressive and inspiring, and both children and adults are certain to get a great deal out of the programming. For two seasons, they have provided concerts that have been both inventive and invigorating, and this coming season will continue that trend. Staten Island will have a number of wonderful musical evenings to look forward to this year thanks to MCCE."
~ Mathew Fuerst, MCCE Composer-In-Residence

In addition to composing and premiering a piece with MCCE, Fuerst will be leading one of our signature pre-concert panel chats titled "Behind the Scenes of Classical Composition" about his creative writing process including composing for multimedia projects like his Clarinet Quartet. This is an amazing occasion for our audiences and MCCE is proud to share these opportunities with you.

Who we are?Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. is a consortium of primarily young, high-caliber musicians dedicated to the craft of chamber music. With wide-ranging presentations of both classical and contemporary chamber music, combined with consummate artistry, we believe in serving two goals - entertaining audiences and exposing them to the valuable literature that is seldom heard elsewhere. Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. represents the next generation of emerging artists who are reshaping all that you thought you knew about classical music.

MCCE's concert series and programs are sponsored in part through grants received from Councilman Michael E. McMahon, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Staten Island Bank & Trust Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation and Con Edison.

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