Wooden Cities is both an ensemble and a collective of performers and composers seeking to help increase the performance and awareness of contemporary classical music in Western New York through unique, educational presentations. Formed in July of 2011, the group served as a vehicle for Director Brendan Fitzgerald to present John Zorn’s game piece “Cobra”. Since that time the group has grown to include over a dozen performers and is constantly seeking new works by new composers while continuing to present some of the essential, yet underrepresented composers of the 20th century.
Wooden Cities is a collective of performers and composers who identify with a tradition of western classical music, but challenge audiences' understanding of it by presenting modern music. In this program, students will be asked the questions "What is classical music? Who made it? and why is it at all important to me?" By meeting modern composers, hearing their music, and relating to the artists of today and yesterday through guided research, students will gain a critical nature of their perceptions of what certain music is or is not, while learning about themselves through this music.