Science Ficta

February 29, 2020 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents a concert by Science Ficta on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Science Ficta will perform at the end of a multi-day residency with the graduate students in the Composition and Computer Technologies program at UVA.  During their residency, the group will work with the composers to perform and record their recent works. 

Science Ficta is an ensemble of viola da gamba virtuosi (Doug Balliett, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Loren Ludwig, and Zoe Weiss), Science Ficta tackles the thorniest polyphonic challenges, old and new. Longtime collaborators and friends, in 2016 the four were inspired to form an ensemble dedicated to music at least as difficult to play as it is to listen to (and hopefully more so!). Science Ficta's arcane but rewarding repertory is comprised both of new commissions and a wealth of little-known sixteenth-century works that have been unjustly neglected by modern performers and listeners.

Science Ficta's performances seek points of contact between contemporary music and the diverse experimental musical traditions of the late Renaissance pioneered by composers including Christopher Tye, Ferdinando de las Infantas, John Baldwin, and Johann Walter. Science Ficta has premiered new works by Molly Herron, Doug Balliett, and Cleek Schrey and members of the ensemble have performed and collaborated with composers including Donnacha Dennehy, Nico Muhly, George Benjamin, Ted Coffey, and numerous others. Recent residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Cornell and Princeton Universities have allowed Science Ficta to work closely with student performers and composers.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

All programs are subject to change.

Artist bio taken from the Science Ficta website.


UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176