Composers’ Choice featuring Valerie Coleman, the Phoenix Boys’ Choir, Elixir Trio and world premiere of Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s ‘Finding the Dream’ @ ASU Kerr
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Featuring composer/performers:
Valerie Coleman, flute
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, vocal/viola

The Phoenix Boys Choir
Herbert Washington, music director/conductor
The Elixir Piano Trio:
Samvel Chilingarian, violin
Fang-Fang Xu, cello
Lucy Nargizyan, piano

with appearances by

Edward Long, guitar/vocal
Naysa Roquemore, hanging cymbals

Curated by Nokuthula Ngwenyama
A co-production of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, ASU/Kerr Cultural Center & Peace Mama Productions


Takács Quartet premiere Ngwenyama’s ‘Flow’ for string quartet @ Hertz Hall
Nov 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Among the world’s finest string quartets, the beloved Takács returns for two concerts this season, the first a compelling program of new and canonic works. Haydn’s beloved Sunrise quartet is among his late-period gems, and Beethoven’s middle-period E minor quartet from the Op. 59 Razumovsky series opens up new musical horizons as the composer breaks and remakes the rules of musical drama.

Known for lushly orchestrated music of “sheer gorgeousness” (Los Angeles Times), California violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama contributes Flow, a new Cal Performances co-commissioned work, heard here in its world-premiere performance.

Pianist Christopher O’Riley joins Composer’s Choice, curated by Nokuthula Ngwenyama @ ASU Kerr
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm