TROY — Friends of Chamber Music of Troy 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and Jan. 16. Friends of Chamber Music, 518-227-1746. Website: friendsofchambermusic.org Publicity Email: communications@friendsofchambermusic.org FoCM Email: info@friendsofchambermusic.org

Friends of Chamber Music hosts innovative percussionist and composer, Maria Finkelmeier, and trumpet player, Jean Laurenz in an immersive performance.

The events:

Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Performance in Context discussion on Zoom.

Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Curated Virtual Concert on Zoom and YouTube.

Jan. 16 at 8:30 p.m. Post-concert Q&A over Zoom.

Participants will need to register for the FREE Zoom events at: friendsofchambermusic.org. A link to the YouTube channel can be found at friendsofchambermusic.org

About Maria Finklemeier:

Named a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe and Boston’s Best 2018 “Creative Catalyst” by The Improper Bostonian, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussionist, composer, public artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. Empowered by and curious about the sonic world, Maria finds music, narrative, and collaboration in unexpected places. She’s created entire works from found, non-traditional sounds, and transformed iconic structures into percussive playgrounds. Prior to rooting in New England, Maria spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist in residence. Maria received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where she was granted a Performer’s Certificate in recognition of her artistic achievements and Arts Leadership Certificate. Maria is Yamaha Performing Artist, and additionally endorses Grover Pro Percussion, Vic Firth, and Remo.

About the Program: DESCENDED exploring the legacy of Lafcadio Hearn

Music by Maria Finkelmeier Featuring Jean Laurenz

Part Chamber Music, part Media Art, part Film and Theater, this shape-shifting work owns as many haunting identities as its Host-Muse, Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn’s Great-Great-Grand Niece, Jean Laurenz, and multi-media soundscape artist Maria Finkelmeier explore the turbulent undertones and uncanny narratives of Hearn, a 19th century journalist, cultural preservationist, and meta-folk-ghost-story interpreter. Using this multi-layered work, audiences can maliate their own sensory entrance into life’s deepest questions - questions whose fibers weave into every ghost story, spiritual mantra, and subliminal experience. Questions whose answers lie just beyond the grasp of cognition, discoverable only through a transformative portal beyond human touch.

Now in its 72nd season, Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, NY, Inc., is an all-volunteer organization with a long history of presenting outstanding artists and ensembles.

Information about Friends of Chamber Music and its 2020-2021 concert series is available at friendsofchambermusic.org or by calling 518-227-1746.

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