Carleton presents performance by vocal and violin ensemble, Cipher

January 29, 2019
By Kou Okada '22

Vocal and violin ensemble Cipher will perform in concert on Friday, February 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Kracum Performance Hall at the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College. The performance will feature original works by Sarah Goldfeather and Kate Soper, along with a new work by Fjola Evans.

This concert is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Cipher is soprano Justine Aronson and composer/violinist Sarah Goldfeather. The duo is dedicated to performing and commissioning music by emerging and established contemporary composers. Named after composer Kate Soper's piece of the same name, Cipher has also premiered works by Goldfeather, Rebekah Driscoll, and Eric Shanfield.

In 2014 soprano Justine Aronson walked into a party in Brooklyn, New York, not knowing a soul. Within minutes, she and violinist Sarah Goldfeather, complete strangers, were enthusiastically singing Christmas carols, making merry for all. Music was made. Cipher was born. The duo has since been featured in venues, music festivals, and radio shows throughout the country.

Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “a deep reservoir of expressive devices” and by the Los Angeles Times as “dramatically…juicy,” soprano Aronson employs artistic and technical versatility to create passionate performances. Her interpretations have consistently captured the attention of those producing new music, earning her premieres with composers including David Lang, Daron Hagen, and Ted Hearne. She has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Opera Philadelphia, and Brooklyn Art Song Society, among others.

Sarah Goldfeather is a Minnesota-born, Brooklyn-based composer and violinist who writes music for her three ensembles and others. Her work has been performed in the continental United States and Europe, including features at The Present Music Festival in Milwaukee, DePauw University's 21CM Initiative, the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and many more. She has released two albums under Goldfeather, with a third forthcoming in 2019 as an experimental indie-rock trio configuration. She has performed as a soloist in Madrid, Valencia, Berlin, and the TEDxMET series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Learn more about Cipher and watch videos of past performances here.

This performance is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Music with support from the Laudie D. Porter Memorial Fund. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4475. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at Third and College Streets in Northfield.