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It's been fun to explore the various media outlets in Boston to get the word out about our residency at the Arboretum in THREE WEEKS! I was lucky to meet with the journalist Lara Pellegrinelli last week, who gave me a ton of helpful tips about writing and distributing this document. Learning by usual! Find out more about our concerts below, and don't forget to buy tickets here

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      
October 10, 2013  

Pamela Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Maria Finkelmeier, percussionist


The Arnold Arboretum opens its doors to international percussion group Ensemble Evolution, as its first ever Artists-in-Residence this November. A collaboration cultivated by percussionist Maria Finkelmeier, Ensemble Evolution will present a three-part residency highlighting the creative connection between composing and performing music dedicated to and inspired by nature. With a history of collecting inspiration from natural elements such as trees, unique landscapes, and extreme environments, the musician’s compositions are a combination of classical-contemporary and improvised works.

The series begins on Friday, November 8th, when the trio will work with local percussionists to produce a special composition for the Arnold Arboretum. Together, they will explore the landscape and examine photos of the Arboretum provided by photographer Adam Detour. Then, they will compose and prepare a new 10 to 15 minute piece that will paired with these images at the concert the following day. A workshop of the piece-in-progress will be open to public observation from 3 to 4pm.

The concert on Saturday, November 9th will take the audience beyond Boston and into the landscape of Northern Sweden—Ensemble Evolution’s home for two years. They will perform their self-composed album “Sounds from the Treetops,” a collection of six pieces inspired by the iconic Treehotel in Harads, Sweden. Tucked in the forest just below the Arctic circle, the Treehotel consists of awe-inspiring, family-sized tree houses that range in design from a spaceship to a floating cabin. Joined by New York-based clarinetist Angela Shankar, the music will feature a variety of instruments and timbres—from marimbas and vibraphones to drums and cymbals, from soft and delicate music to energetic and rhythmic. The performance will be accompanied by video projections from the Treehotel, collected by the ensemble at the premiere performance in June 2012, giving the audience a unique lens into this special place.

The residency will conclude with a family workshop on Sunday, November 10th, led by Angela Shankar and Maria Finkelmeier. Open to children ages five to eleven, the workshop will explore the sounds produced by plants and found objects in the Arboretum, such as seeds, branches and leaves. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about making music, and explore timbres, volume, and rhythm. This fun workshop concludes with a walk in the landscape to practice the new sounds.

Ensemble Evolution: Maria Finkelmeier (Boston, MA), Charles Martin (Canberra, Australia), Jacob Remington (Dallas, TX) with guest artist Angela Shankar, clarinet (New York, NY). 

Photographer, Adam Detour: 
Videos from the Treehotel:

When: Friday, November 8, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building
Fee: Free
Additional Info: Observe the creative process while Ensemble Evolution works with local musicians to write a piece dedicated to and inspired by the Arboretum

When: Saturday, November 9, 8:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building
Fee: $20 Arnold Arboretum member, $25 general, $10 student
Additional Info: Limited ticketing: only 75 tickets available. Purchase tickets online at or call 617.384.5277

When: Sunday, November 10, 10:30-noon 
Location: Hunnewell Building
Fee: $5 per person plus a $5 material fee per child
Additional Info: Open to ages 5–11; children must be accompanied by an adult; maximum three children per adult
Purchase tickets online at or call 617.384.5277


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