Events & Tickets
Solo Spotlight: Creative Dialogues
New World Center, Truist Pavilion
HOW TO WATCH ON APR. 18:
Enjoy an evening of commissioned premieres for solo piano, featuring the fresh artistic voices of young composers Paul Novak, Ben Morris, Yu-Tung Cheng, Max Vinetz, Clare Glackin and Jessica Mays. Includes discussion on what goes into the process of creating new music. Presented in the intimate Truist Pavilion (formerly SunTrust), Solo Spotlights feature one or two Fellows in recital programs they design.
Performances part of the Solo Spotlight series are NWS BLUE projects. Fellow-driven projects are sponsored in part by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation and NWS's Fund for New Ventures.
(2020; world premiere)
A Bee in the Hollow for Solo Piano and Film
Operation Underground: Conquest
(2020; world premiere)
(2022; world premiere)
portrait in four parts
I. strewn across a surface
four dialogues in black and white
II. jagged, playful
III. animated, grooving
dances and prayers in isolation
II. prayer no. 1 for solo piano "flow"
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Wesley Ducote, piano
Wesley Ducote is a third-year Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has led a versatile musical career pursuing a diverse set of interests.
As a collaborator, Mr. Ducote has been featured with many of today’s brightest stars including composer/vocalist Kate Soper, Emmy Award-winning composer and Vietnamese folk musician Van Anh Vo, flutists Leone Buyse and Carol Wincenc, soprano Ana Maria Martinez, and many others. He has served as principal keyboardist with the Shepherd School Symphony and Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has been a featured artist with MUSIQA and the Nantucket Rossini Club, and in 2017 was selected by the Shepherd School of Music to perform with the Gyldfeldt quartet from Leipzig. Mr. Ducote has even worked as a keyboardist/composer in his own jazz-fusion sextet Steve Cox’s Beard.
An enthusiastic performer of new and contemporary music, Mr. Ducote has premiered over 40 new works and worked with faculty at institutions in China, South Korea, Canada and all over the United States. His new music experience includes works for solo piano, chamber ensembles, orchestra and even a piano concerto written for him. He is currently working on an upcoming commissioning project of new solo piano music.
Mr. Ducote is an Artist Fellow with the Louis Moreau Institute and was a Young Artist Fellow with Da Camera of Houston, Resident Piano Fellow with the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and a fellow with CPI at the Composer’s Conference, SICPP, Encore Chamber Music, Round Top Festival Institute and Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Ducote holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in music from Rice University, where he studied with Brian Connelly, as well as an undergraduate degree in mathematics.