Trust - it is difficult to earn, and easily broken. Building trust with our neighbors, despite our differences, is no simple feat - especially now. We hope that through the experience of this concert, we can begin to find ways to “go and open the door...at least there will be a draft.”
trUSt is a collaboration with Utah-based composer Andrew Maxfield and SALT Contemporary Dance. The concert features Maxfield’s compositions encouraging the bringing together of people, as well as newly composed pieces featuring the words of Nightingale members and their own thoughts on trust.
A note from the composer:
“Despite the news, humans are better at trusting one another than any other species. That has been our evolutionary superpower, and can be our future too. We've collaborated on a concert that explores the theme of trust—what it is, what it feels like, perhaps how to create or rebuild it when it has been lost. The message of the concert is: begin the song exactly where you are. You and I have to put the "us" in "trust," and the only place to start is right here, right now. I'm so excited to work with Nightingale on this very collaborative and multidisciplinary concert.”
Interspersed between the music are clips of a conversation about the science of trust, between Andrew Maxfield, James Coan (Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia) and Hal Movius (Applied Psychologist, Author, and Research Collaborator at Ethical Systems)
About Andrew Maxfield
The compositions of ANDREW MAXFIELD—hailed as “rhythmically vital … superbly judged … [and] tender” by Fanfare Magazine—have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. A recent winner of the King’s Singer’s New Music Prize (Jury Special Commendation), Andrew has been a Composer Fellow of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and Composer-in-Residence for Newburyport Choral Society. Recent commissions include choral works for the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Hillsdale College, and Salem Hills High School; an orchestral adaptation of the Caldecott honor book, They All Saw A Cat, for the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts in New York City; and a concert-length score for SALT Contemporary Dance, showcased at Lincoln Center. His album, Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music, was released by Tantara Records and his “well-crafted, approachable” works (Dr. George Case, The Boston Cecilia) are published by Walton, Santa Barbara, and Yalecrest. Ensembles which have performed Andrew’s music recently include USC Thornton Chamber Singers, Emporia Symphony Orchestra, Carroll University Symphonic Band and Choir, Wingate University Singers, Utah Philharmonic, The Piedmont Singers, University of Pennsylvania Chamber Choir, and Choral Arts Initiative.
Andrew studied music at Brigham Young University, where he was valedictorian and where he occasionally teaches. He has pursued advanced studies in counterpoint and harmony at the EAMA–Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France, graduate composition studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and doctoral studies at the University of Bristol (UK). His primary teachers include Philip Lasser (Juilliard), John Pickard, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Marti Epstein, and he has also studied with Aaron Jay Kernis and Steven Sametz through the ACDA Choral Composers Forum. He also holds an MBA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Andrew lives with his wife Liz Davis Maxfield—a professional cellist, expert in Irish traditional music, and rock climber—and their two handsome, high-octane boys (plus a hyper puppy) just downhill from Sundance in Provo, Utah.
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