New Music on the Rock 2019

This year Island Consort will offer a scattering of concerts featuring new music,

rather than offer one festival day. The first of this year's series is set for

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Crawford House (5023 Langley Road, Langley, WA on Whidbey Island)

with flutist Paul Taub

Taub presents "Landscape With Birds," a concert of mostly 20th music from three continents.

Including works with bass flute, alto flute and piccolo, the repertoire covers a gamut of styles,

techniques and influences. Taub, recently retired from 39 years of teaching at Cornish College

of the Arts, is perhaps best-known in Seattle as the flutist of the Seattle Chamber Players. 


From Europe, Taub will play two pieces by the great Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, whose

transcendent music Taub has been championing since the late 1980s. Two of

Georg Phillip Telemann’s set of Fantasias will be represented as the historical “spice”

in the program. From Asia, Itinerant by the great Japanese 20th century composer

Toru Takemitsu will be balanced by Chinese/American composer Bun-Ching Lam’s

 Bittersweet Music III for solo bass flute, a piece that Taub commissioned twenty years ago. 


North America will be represented by Canadian flutist/composer (and Taub’s mentor) Robert Aitken’s Plainsong, with its influence of medieval chant contrasting with the lighthearted Icicle, both for C-flute, and Whidbey Island composer Janice Giteck’s Agrarian Chants, featuring all four of Taub’s instruments in one work!

New Music on the Rock 2018

Earth Music:  Raising our Elemental Awareness

Saturday, June 23

Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island

20103 State Route 525

Freeland, WA

This year's festival includes composers

Spencer Arias  (

Sarah Bassingthwaite (

Janice Giteck (

Jerry Mader (

Jacob Mashak (

Nicholas Toombs (

& this year's composer-in-residence, Angelique Poteat (


Poteat is a native of the Pacific Northwest.  Her music has been recorded and performed in Australia, Germany, Lithuania, and all over the United States by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Enso Quartet, Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Saratoga Orchestra, Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, Trio Tara, and the New York New Music Ensemble.  Some notable performances include Beyond Much Difference (2014), a piece commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and performed by them at their January 2015 Sonic Evolution concert with Mike McCready, Chris Cornell, and members of the bands, Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, and more; Much Difference (2014) at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York; Roots of Variegation (2012) at the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference; Reflections on a Summer (2008) at the 2012 Druskomanija festival in Lithuania; A Perspective (2009) at the 2010 International VSA Festival: Cyclic Complement (2010) at the 2010 Midwest Composer’s Symposium; and Coastal Meander (2004) at the 2006 Region VI SCI Conference.  Poteat earned the degrees Bachelor of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music.  She has studied composition with Samuel Adler, Joel Hoffman, Mara Helmuth, Anthony Brandt, Pierre Jalbert, Shih-Hui Chen, Arthur Gottschalk, and Samuel Jones.  Poteat was a participant of the 2011 FUBiS International Summer Institute in Berlin under the direction of Prof. Samuel Adler and is also the recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Composition for Beyond Much Difference.  Poteat is a 2015 CityArtist from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.Angelique Poteat.

NMoR 2018 Schedule:

4:00 Concert of works by all composers, including premier pieces

by Arias, Mader, Mashak & Toombs


5:30 Composers Forum/Discussion/Refreshments


7:00 Concert of works by Angelique Poteat, including a

premier of her “Morning at the Sound” for wind sextet

$20/concert or $35/both

(Prices are suggested to cover our costs;

if prohibitive please come & pay what you can!)

FFI or RSVP: or call 360-320-2362

This year's musicians:

Sarah Bassingthwaite, Flute

Josiah Boothby, Horn

James Hinkley, Cello

Sol Im, Violin

Steven Morgan, Bassoon

Emily Ostrom, Oboe

Brandon Nelson, Percussion

Roxanna Patterson, Viola

Angelique Poteat, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Fumi Tagata, Soprano

Rachel Yoder, Clarinet

Sheila Weidendorf, Piano

Island Consort & our New Music on the Rock festival is directed by founder Sheila Weidendorf, 

a Whidbey island pianist, harpsichordist and organist. Island Consort is pleased to bring you this festival of new music in addition to our regular offerings of chamber music of all eras and several early music concerts each year.

In August, Island Consort will be offering two concerts with saxophonist Neil Welch, violist Roxanna Patterson,

hornist James Patterson, pianist Sheila Weidendorf and our special guest--master sitar player from India,

Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee!! Stay tuned here to for more information

or email to be included on our email list!

This concert festival was made 

possible, in part, by the generous

support of the REC Music Foundation

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