The Edward T. Cone Concert Series
2015–2016 Season

In 2015–16, the Edward T. Cone Concert Series at the Institute for Advanced Study is curated by Sebastian Currier, the Institute's Artist-in-Residence. Concerts and concert talks are free and open to the public.

TICKETS: Tickets are required for the concerts. Please see below for information about when tickets will be available for each performance. When tickets are available, registration links will appear in the concert information below.

CONCERT TALKS: Concert talks in Wolfensohn Hall will follow the Friday concerts.

PLEASE NOTE: We request that ticket holders arrive in Wolfensohn Hall no later than ten minutes prior to the concerts' 8:00 p.m. start time in order to be seated. Beginning at 7:55 p.m., empty seats will be allocated to those on the wait list. • Performances are not suitable for children under the age of eight. • All programs are subject to change.


October 16 and 17, 2015 – American Brass Quintet

November 20 and 21, 2015 – Rolf Schulte, Lucy Shelton, and James Winn

February 5 and 6, 2016 – New Millenium Ensemble

March 4 and 5, 2016 – Music from Copland House


Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, 2015
8 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall

American Brass Quintet

The brass ensemble had its heyday in the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Subsequently eclipsed by the growth of the orchestra in the Classical and Romantic periods, it was not until the 20th century that the ensemble returned to prominence. The American Brass Quintet, one of the top brass quintets of our time,  will perform music from the16th and 17th centuries paired with new works written for them, including Sebastian Currier’s Cadence, Fugue, Fade, a work which recasts early Baroque forms and brass writing within a contemporary context.

Register for tickets for Friday, October 16.

Register for tickets for Saturday, October 17.


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Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21, 2015
8 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall

Rolf Schulte, James Winn, Lucy Shelton

The distinguished violinist Rolf Schulte will join forces with soprano Lucy Shelton and pianist James Winn to present an intriguing exploration of music from Czechoslovakia  and Hungary written just as the Austro-Hungarian empire was dissolving, with works for violin and piano by Bartok and Janacek, as well as a selection from the contemporary Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag’s superb settings of Kafka’s epigrammatic short stories for violin and voice, Kafka Fragments.  

Register for tickets for Friday, November 20.

Register for tickets for Saturday, November 21.

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Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, 2016
8 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall

New Millennium Ensemble

Looking back through the history of music composition,  there is no question that women have been extremely under-represented.  In the last few decades that has started to change, and change quickly.  Not only are there more and more women writing music, but an increasing number are now ranked among the top composers of our time.  The much acclaimed New Millennium Ensemble will present a concert celebrating this fact with a sampling of prominent women, reflecting various nationalities and aesthetics, including  Kaija Saariaho, one of the most distinguished composers writing today,  as well as  Andreia Pinto-Correia,  Bun Ching Lam,   Melinda Wagner, Belinda Reynolds, Augusta Read Thomas, and Laura Schwendinger, with her chamber work, High Wire Act. 

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Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, 2016
8 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall

Music from Copland House

The present invokes the past when the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble returns to IAS in this wide-ranging concert of vibrant American works. Bach and Schubert are conjured, respectively, by Pulitzer Prize winners Steven Stucky and John Harbison, while William Albright constructs a fantastical “other” world inhabited by the specters of Mozart, Brahms, ragtime, and klezmer, and former IAS Artist-in-Residence Derek Bermel evokes a place of universal immortality in his piano trio, Death with Interruptions.  

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For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, please call (609) 734-8228 or email

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