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.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Music

Programs

Sight as Sound - Making Meaning from Symbols

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Often times, music students are intimidated by musical notation.  The same is true for students who struggle with textual literacy.  Students can become so entangled with sounding out words or notation, that they become unable to listen, comprehend, and make personal meaning from the sounds that result.  In presenting graphic notation scores, we can help remove the barriers that students may associate with reading.  By seeing that text and graphics are tools to help us understand something, students can realize the importance of how and why we need to be great readers.
Grade Level:
2-8
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$715.00
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$870.00

Classical to Contemporary

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Contemporary music group Wooden Cities helps students better understand classical music of today and the past by identifying with the people who made it and the times in which they lived.

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.
Grade Level:
12-12
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$715.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$870.00