Quince Voice Ensemble Performs: This A Changin’ World

Inspired by the poetry, songs, and activism of Woody Guthrie, This A Changing World is a collection that conjures the wind, land, and stories of unplanned migration alongside songs about the American experience of loving and losing. The evening includes arrangements of Guthrie’s music alongside newly composed works by members of Quince and some of our very favorite collaborators including David Lang, Gilda Lyons, Laura Steenberge, and Warren Enstrom.


Bone Needles (2006) - Gilda Lyons

hushers (2015) - Warren Enstrom 

Pneuma (2016) - Laura Steenberge 

The Smallest Gap (2019) - Carrie Henneman Shaw 

Cassandra, IL (2018) - Eliza Brown

Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (2018) - Martin Hoffman & Woody Guthrie, arr. Liz Pearse

Guthrie Songs (2018) - Michael Miller

Going Down That Road (After Woody Guthrie & Lee Hays)


Do Re Mi (After Woody Guthrie)

Plenty (2018-19) - Amanda DeBoer Bartlett

Mama Rolls On

I Was Built For Carrying Things

I Have No Home

the wood and the vine (2011) - David Lang

II. Aun (2015) - David Reminick


Singing with the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Ensemble is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music.  Described as "the Anonymous 4 of new music" by Opera News, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of vocal ensemble literature.

As dedicated advocates of new music, Quince regularly commissions new works, providing wider exposure for the music of living composers. They recently launched the Quince New Music Commissioning Fund, a fund to grow the repertoire for women and treble voices.  Quince has released three studio albums, Realign the Time, Hushers, and Motherland, all available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, and Amazon.

In 2016, Quince was featured on the KODY Festival Lublin, Poland in collaboration with David Lang and Beth Morrison Projects. They have also appeared on the Outpost Concert Series, the Philip Glass: Music with Friends concert at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, Alia Musica, and the SONiC Festival in New York.  During the 2018-19 season, they will collaborate with International Contemporary Ensemble, Lincoln Center, Linfield University, Vespers Concert Series, Kamratōn Ensemble, Connecticut Summerfest, and UC Berkeley, to name a few.

Comprised of vocalists Liz Pearse (soprano), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano), and Carrie Henneman Shaw (soprano), Quince thrives on unique musical challenges and genre-bending contemporary repertoire.



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Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:00pm to 10:00pm
1750 Arch St.
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