NEXTET New Music: Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen


Nov. 13, 2018, 7pm to 8pm

Office/Remote Location

Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall
Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen


“[Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present...] deserves a standing ovation for their ability to connect with their audience and educate the public about the possibilities and diversity of what is new concert music today.” — Anne Goldberg-Baldwin, I Care If You Listen

Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present… is a curatorial team dedicated to creating memorable audience experiences through multiform collaborative practices and vivaciousness. The voice/saxophone programs produced through their partnership have been lauded as “a fresh look at what it means to be artists in the 21st century.” Both members bring a wide array of skill sets to their duo — Ihnen is a mezzo-soprano force of nature (equally comfortable singing Brahms, musical theater, or George Crumb) with knowledge about placemaking, arts administration, and marketing while Theisen is an active composer of concert music and jazz in addition to his careers as performer and music theorist.

Their first show, This World of Yes, has been performed across the United States including appearances in Kansas City, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Detroit, and Baltimore. Interweaving compositions by Jessica Rudman, Michael E. Young, Nick Zoulek, Anna Brake, John Cage, and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, this debut program is a rhapsodic and often tender exploration of pathways, choices, and duality. The fusion of stylistically varied contemporary music, stage choreography, and audience participation contained within This World of Yes has made it a hit with concertgoers.

The 2018-2019 concert season of Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present... includes performances in Boston, Las Vegas, Green Bay, Baton Rouge, Knoxville, and more! They are currently crafting their second touring production set to launch in the spring of 2019. Though the duo is being secretive about the commissioned composers and theme of the show, it is sure to be an otherworldly event for attending audiences.


"Spring" and "Summer" from Season's Song — Michael Young * [2016]

"Lunch Hour" from Silver Songs — Anna Brake * [2017]

The Little Mouse Elder — Kincaid Rabb (UNLV student composer) (Poetry by Rose Lemberg)*^‡ [2018]

Elegy (Deserted) — Jennifer Bellor (UNLV faculty composer) with poetry by UNLV faculty poet Eryn Green)*^‡ [2018]

No Matter How I Go (Epitaph for Carrie Fisher) — Michelle McQuade Dewhirst [2017]

"Fall" and "Winter" from Season's Song — Michael Young * [2016]

~ Audience Q & A ~

Aria — John Cage [1958]

Epilogue — Jessica Rudman [2007]

When You Touch — Alan Theisen * [2017]

From All Of Our Love This Was Lost — Nick Zoulek, arr. Alan Theisen [2017]

* composed for MIATp
^ UNLV faculty/student composer
‡ world premiere

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Director, UNLV New Music Series NEXTET
Jennifer Bellor

External Sponsor

UNLV School of Music