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Classical music ensemble to perform in Wadena

Zeitgeist, an award-winning classical ensemble, will perform at Wadena's Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of two percussion, piano and woodwinds. One of the longest established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist commissions and presents a wide variety of new music for audiences in the Twin Cities and on tour. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. The members of Zeitgeist are: Heather Barringer, percussion; Patti Cudd, percussion; Pat O'Keefe, woodwinds; and Shannon Wettstein, piano.

Zeitgeist has maintained a fierce dedication to the creation of new music for the past three decades, commissioning more than 150 works and collaborating with emerging composers and some of the finest established composers, including Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Paul Dresher, Mark Applebaum, Scott Lindroth, Pamela Madsen, Edie Hill, Libby Larsen, Arthur Kreiger and Jin Hi Kim. Zeitgeist's upcoming commissioning projects include For the Birds, a chamber suite by Victor Zupanc based on a series of poems by humorist Kevin Kling, and The Risk of Flight by Mary Ellen Childs, an opera for Nautiilus Music Theater and Zeitgeist that employs instrumental music, video imagery and staging to explore the nature of flight and the infinite.

Zeitgeist has released recordings including "She is a Phantom" (music of Harold Budd), "A Decade" (music of Frederic Rzewski), "Intuitive Leaps" (music of Terry Riley), "Eric Stokes" (music of Eric Stokes), "If Tigers Were Clouds" (featuring the music of experimental women composers), and "Shape Shifting" (music by Scott Miller, (poetry by Philippe Costaglioli). Zeitgeist is currently working on its seventh CD, "Night Singing," featuring works by Andrew Rindfleisch, Anthony Gatto, Katherine Jackanich and Jerome Kitzke.

Contact the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center for ticket information at (218) 385-3339.