CANCELLED EVENT: Quinn Gutman ‘Just the Voice’

Date(s) - Sun. Apr. 05, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


This event is cancelled.

Just the Voice is a concert of works for unaccompanied soprano. No instruments, no backup track, just the voice. This concert will include A Cappella Arias by Quinn Gutman, La Musique by Elliott Carter, and O Choruscans Lux Stellarum by Hildegard von Bingen. In the latter half of the concert, there will be pieces that the audience is welcome to sing along with, including 11 Strophes by Quinn Gutman and Very Slow Song by Pauline Oliveros.

Doors at 2:30

Quinn Gutman is a composer, soprano, writer, and visual artist whose goal is to use their art as a vehicle to present quandaries to their audiences, encouraging them to consider concepts previously unconsidered.

As a singer, Quinn’s repertoire is diverse, including the music of Anton Webern, Elliot Carter, Judith Weir, Hildegard von Bingen, Libby Larson, Dominick Argento, David T. Little, and Reynaldo Hahn. As an improvisor, Quinn also performs many indeterminate and improvisatory works, including Earle Brown’s December 1952 and Cornelius Cardew’s Nature Study Notes. They currently sing in the contemporary chamber ensemble, Ensemble Uncaged and Quorum Boston, an LGBT+-focused choir. In late April, Quinn will be singing the role of Mrs. Noland in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium. Shortly thereafter, they will be presenting a solo recital called Correspondence, a concert of pieces with texts set from letters.

Quinn has written music for leading ensembles including Quorum Boston, Mivos Quartet, EnsembleNewSRQ, the JACK Quartet, SŌPercussion, and Yarn/Wire. Recent works of theirs include What is G-d? a choral piece for Quorum Boston, and 11 Strophes, a graphic score with open instrumentation. As a composer/performer, they also write works for themself to perform, including A Cappella Arias for solo unaccompanied soprano, The Akosta Cats for soprano and piano, and Warbler Woman for soprano and mixed keyboard instruments. Three large projects currently being developed are Mercedes, a song cycle commissioned by and for Cortlin Presley, an opera titled The Misperception that explores the deterioration of a lesbian relationship, and In Heidelberg, a deeply personal work about the life of their grant grandfather prior to his emigration from Germany in 1937.

Quinn holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where they studied with Lewis Nielson and Josh Levine. They are currently pursuing a double masters in Vocal Performance and Composition at the Longy School of Music where they’re studying composition with Aaron Helgeson and Amy Beth Kirsten and voice with Corrine Byrne and Jeffrey Gavott.

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