( Mon., Nov. 7, 2022 )
Whitley Auditorium, 108 West Lebanon, Elon, NC 27244
Latitude 49 is a dynamic mixed-chamber group blending the finesse of a classical ensemble with the drive and precision of a finely tuned rock band. With members coming together from across the United States and Canada, L49 epitomizes a diverse, unconventional family of sounds, instruments, and human experiences. The group has held Ensemble-in-Residence positions at Princeton University, Baylor University, the University of Michigan, the Kenosha Creative Space, and the University of Illinois Chicago. Latitude 49 presents numerous concerts each season with previous concerts at the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), (le) Poisson Rouge (NYC) and Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Music Box. More than sixty works have been written for L49 so far by a multitude of composers ranging from aspiring students to Pulitzer prize-winning masters. With commissioning and supporting living composers at the heart of its mission, L49 strives to engage diverse audiences with new sounds and specially curated programs that reflect the world in which we find ourselves, with all its beauty and curiosities. To date, the ensemble has released three albums: Curious Minds (2017), Wax and Wire (2020) (called “a must have for lovers of contemporary music” by the College Music Symposium), and The Bagatelles Project (2021), and has been featured on many more recorded projects. Latitude 49's name is inspired by the border that rests between Canada and the United States, and metaphorically represents a bridge between artists, composers, and listeners of today.
Latitude 49 is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to composers of today and the creation of new music works through commissioning and performance, education, and community enrichment.