Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble aims to foster appreciation of contemporary music through exposure to the work of living composers; and to promote understanding of contemporary music through educational events, composer commissions, multi-media collaborations, performances and recordings.
Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble is a leading presenter of music of the 20th and 21st centuries, dedicated to bringing music of living composers to Boston. It was founded in 1975 as the concert giving “annex” of New England Dinosaur Dance Theater and has been independently incorporated since 1977. The ensemble, under the artistic directorship of Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin and Emily Koh, is passionately dedicated to bringing cutting-edge music of living composers to a diverse public and maintaining an outlet for music that is unheard otherwise.
Dinosaur Annex’s history reflects more than 40 years of high-level music-making, and consistently rave reviews. Unlike many other new music groups, Dinosaur Annex is neither a showcase for resident composers nor a showcase for a specific conductor. The many composers promoted by Dinosaur Annex include Judith Weir, Ruth Lomon, Elena Ruehr, Peter Maxwell Davies, Ralph Shapey, Eve Beglarian, Virgil Thomson, Hilary Tann, Libby Larsen, Milton Babbitt, Tamar Diesendruck, Gunther Schuller, microtonalist Ezra Sims, Malcolm Peyton, Lee Hyla, Peter Homans, Donald Martino, and Lewis Spratlan among others.