The new Meet the Composer Studio, at mtcstudio.org, is meant to put a spotlight on young composers and their music and to encourage new-music fans to contribute toward commissioning new works. In the studio’s current version, six composers are featured, two each from Chicago, Boston and San Francisco, and would-be patrons are offered memorabilia ($5 postcards, $25 autographed CDs) or commissioning credit ($5,000 to be listed as lead commissioner). The organization’s Three City Dash festival is built around new works by the six composers, along with older scores by colleagues in their home cities. The subject of the second installment, on Monday evening at Le Poisson Rouge, was San Francisco, and two ensembles — Ethel and Alarm Will Sound — did the honors.
- Mary Halvorson To Perform At (Le) Poisson Rouge And Joe’s Pub In May (improvisedcommunications.com)