~Nois Saxophone Quartet featuring Andrea Edith Moore, soprano

Saturday, March 26, 2022
7:30 PM
Cultural Arts CA1075 Beckwith Recital Hall
Event Type
Music Dept.
UNCW Department of Music

The Beckwith Recital Series inaugural recital: celebrating outstanding instrumental and vocal guest artists and faculty performing in solo and chamber music settings.

~Nois Saxophone Quartet 
Live in concert and live-streamed on the Department of Music YouTube channel.

~Nois is: 
Julian Velasco 
Hunter Bockes
Jordan Lulloff 
János Csontos
Featuring Andrea Edith Moore, soprano 

About the Ensemble 

Founded in 2016, ~Nois has become one of the premier ensembles in the United States – combining contemporary classical music and improvisation in unique concert experiences. Known for their “truly innovative musicianship” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony magazine), ~Nois has been awarded top prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Fischoff and the M-Prize competitions. Since its founding, ~Nois has given more than 70 performances in 20 states from coast to coast and has premiered over 30 pieces.

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Gemma Peacocke: Dwalm (composed 2018)*
Elijah Daniel Smith: Perihelion (composed 2020)
Cassie Wieland: Gossamer (composed 2019)*
Shelley Washington: BIG Talk (composed 2016)
Annika Socolofsky: Tell You Me (composed 2021): Content warning: misogyny and misogynist language; featuring Andrea Edith Moore, soprano
* Denotes piece written for ~Nois

~Nois, founded in 2016 and pronounced “noise,” has become one of the premier ensembles in the United States by combining contemporary chamber music and improvisation to connect with audiences in unique concert experiences. Known for their “truly innovative musicianship” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), ~Nois has been awarded top prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the M-Prize International Arts Competition.
      Since their founding, ~Nois has presented more than 90 performances in 20 states from coast to coast. In addition to their regular concert season in Chicago, ~Nois has performed on festivals and series such as Big Ears, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the University of Chicago Presents Series. They are in demand as a guest artist and lecturer at universities and secondary schools across the nation having held residencies and given performances at more than 30 institutions including University of Southern California, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Manhattan School of Music, and Princeton University. ~Nois was appointed as the Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence at the University of Chicago for the 2020-21 academic year.
      In 2020, ~Nois released its debut album, Is This ~Nois, as a love letter to the quartet’s home of Chicago, featuring music by composers with strong ties to the city and its vibrant new music scene. Hailed as “fresh and intense” (The WholeNote), the album was named among the “Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical: June 2020” by critic Peter Margasak. “If ~Nois’ debut album is any indicator of what is to come from the group, the genre of the saxophone quartet has a bright future on the near horizon.” (I Care If You Listen).
      ~Nois has premiered more than 50 works including compositions by Gaudeamus Prize-winners Kelley Sheehan and Annika Socolofsky, and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Tonia Ko. They recently partnered with the Kinds of Kings composer collective on the Afterimage series, a collection of concerts in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and have performed with the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Claire Chase, Eighth Blackbird, and My Brightest Diamond.
Andrea Edith Moore brings to her performances an “opalescence that is particularly served by her impressive phrasing and inherent musicality” (operagasm.com), and “wows audiences with her powerful and flexible soprano voice, her acting ability, and her dedication and drive” (CVNC). Moore has enjoyed a wide range of collaborations with artists and ensembles including Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Zinman, Eighth Blackbird, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company, the Hamburger Kammeroper, My Brightest Diamond and the Red Clay Ramblers.
      Equally at home in the music of our time and of the distant past, she has starred in roles ranging from The Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Micaëla in Carmen, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Sara in Higdon’s Cold Mountain. An accomplished concert soloist, she has garnered acclaim for her interpretations of the Bach Cantatas and German Lieder, at venues including the Teatro Colon, Baltimore Lieder Weekend, Duke Chapel, and Richard Tucker Foundation.
      Moore’s commitment to voices from her native North Carolina has led her to commission, premiere, and perform composers including Kenneth Frazelle, Daniel Thomas Davis, Sue Klausmeyer, Robert Ward, and numerous others. She produced, premiered, and developed Family Secrets: Kith and Kin with North Carolina Opera, and is features this new work as her debut recording.

      Moore is a prizewinner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was a fellow with four-time Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird at the Blackbird Creative Lab and has twice received the Yale School of Music Alumni Award. She holds degrees from Yale University, Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University and UNC School of the Arts. 

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Any remaining tickets will be available one hour prior to performance at the Cultural Arts Building. 

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Directions to Beckwith Recital Hall:
Search for Beckwith Recital Hall or look under Arts and select Beckwith Recital Hall
Plenty of free parking, in front of the Cultural Arts Building and across the street.
Parking for patrons is free at the Cultural Arts Building in front of the building and across the street:
• weekdays after 5:00 pm
• anytime on weekends and holidays. 


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•   Arrive at the concert venue at least 10 minutes before the posted concert time. If you need to get a ticket at the box office, have your UNCW student ID ready and arrive at least another 5 sooner.

    •   The box office will only be open for ticket sales and distribution to students up until 15 minutes after the performance begins. 

    •   Students arriving 5 minutes after the start time of the event will not be admitted free with their UNCW ID card, and must purchase tickets in order to be admitted. If the box office has closed, students will not be admitted into the venue.

Concert attendance and program stamping

Programs for students registered in Department of Music classes are stamped by the ushers at the end of the performance. 

   •   If you leave before the concert ends, your program will not be stamped.

   •   If ushers should run out of programs, ask them to stamp your ticket stub at the end of the concert. Let your teacher know what happened. 


Use of electronic devices during performances

   •   use of computers, tablets, phones is not allowed during performances. Anyone using an electronic device will be asked to put it away. Noncompliance may result in being asked to leave the event.

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