Season 44

The forty-fourth season of Dinosaur Annex combines exciting works by rising composers with beloved pieces by more established ones. This year continues to showcase music that helps us reflect on the broader social, political, and scientific aspects of our world. In a sense, this season shows how American music can be redefined for the early 21st century.


This season is made possible by generous support from The Boston Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and the Copland Fund for New Music 

Hub of the Musiverse: Immigration, Integration, and Imagination

co-sponsored by First Parish of Watertown Unitarian Universalist

The first concert, “Hub of the Musiverse: Immigration, Integration, and Imagination,” takes place Fri. Nov. 16 at the First Parish Church of Watertown. This program focuses on the intersection of immigration and contemporary music. All of the composers on this program are immigrants who have come to America and settled here at some point in their lives to study, work, and pursue their artistic endeavors. They combine high levels of craftsmanship with innovative approaches to sound.

Friday, November 16 2018 @ 7:30pm
$20 general admission,  $10 students/seniors 65+
First Parish of Watertown
35 Church Street, Watertown


Anahita Abbasi –Enigma Patterns * US premiere*
Osnat Netzer – Obsessive Folksing and Self-loathing
Mu-Xuan Lin – moss… lichen… kodama purr…
Ronald Bruce Smith – Remembrances of a Garden
Felipe Lara – Meditation and Calligraphy
Yoon-Ji Lee – *world premiere* [New Commission]
Diego Luzuriaga – *world premiere* Hormiga and Girasol [New Commission/Arrangement]
Wang Lu – Trinket

Resistance and Patriotism

Join us on Sat. Feb. 9th at Third Life Studio for our second concert, “Resistance & Patriotism.” The concert honors John Harbison’s 80th birthday with his spirited cycle, Songs America Loves to Sing. It also embraces the memory of Olly Wilson, who passed away this past spring, with his Trio for violin, cello and piano. In between these works, the program will feature a folk guitarist/vocalist singing protest songs.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 @7:30 pm
$20 general admission; $10 students/seniors 65+
Third Life Studio
33 Union Square, Somerville, MA


John Harbison – Songs America Loves to Sing
Olly Wilson – Trio
Protest songs

Not-So-Heavy Metals

On Sunday April 14, come hear us at the Cambridge Science Festival, at MIT’s Killian Recital Hall. “Not-So-Heavy Metals” features transducers and sheet metals in a display of sonic playfulness, melding sound processing with live instruments. Composers and sound artists David Coll and Patricia Alessandrini will display their technical wizardry, complemented by several short works by MIT Composition Seminar students. And to complete this sonic adventure, we present a brand new work by MIT’s MLK Visiting Scholar Matthew Schumaker, specially commissioned for the 2019 Cambridge Science Festival.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Free Admission
Cambridge Science Festival
Killian Recital Hall, MIT


David Coll – *world premiere* for soprano, clarinet, viola, transducers and projectors [New Commission]
Matthew Schumaker – *world premiere* for clarinet and electronics [New Commission]
Patricia Alessandrini – Collaborative work with live instruments, transducers and sheet metal
MIT composition seminar students –new works inspired by this themed event

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