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4 months ago

Happy New Year! One of my 2018 resolutions is to amplify great art as I see it / hear about it, and you all need to know about Brunch Project Productions. Spearheaded by one of my closest colleagues and collaborators, Cassandra Kaczor (follow her now!!), this production company produces concerts of new music in venues all around Chicago, facilitating conversations between creators, performers, and audience members and breaking the stigma of concert culture in order to celebrate and enjoy new art created in the city.

In Lehman's terms - come and enjoy a mimosa or cup of coffee and talk to a composer / performer about why they do what they do. It's SUPER GREAT and so helpful for young creatives who are discovering their particular voices.

Keep your eyes peeled - I'll be working with them ... See more

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4 months ago
Yes.

Reflecting on the past year, I'd like to give a few special shout-outs to the organizations that gave me 12 premieres (holy new music, Batman) and countless amazing experiences in the past 365 days.

First and foremost, the Bach + Beethoven Experience is doing INCREDIBLE things (follow them now!!!). In October, I had the absolute pleasure of creating two new works for them in telling the story of two fearless women in positions of power in Chicago. Those interviews and compositions forever changed my writing for the better, and I can't say thank you enough. Also, they put on the most awesome concert of carols this past month (go look it up!!!). I can't wait to see the coolest things they have cooking next 🙂

Check out the world premiere recording of "Yes.", my first piece for the ... See more

Yes. by Heidi Joosten Commissioned by the BBE for Chicago Stories: Book One (bbexperience.org/chicagostories) “The women in power that I spoke to were amazin...

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4 months ago

Merry Christmas from the Northwoods!! 🎄☃️🎁

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5 months ago

It’s not every day you get commissioned to write for a voice you’ve known for nearly 23 years. The same voice who wished you goodnight from across the room for 8 years, called you out for 14 of those years for stealing her hairbrush, and has made you proud every moment of every day you’ve been able to share genes with her.

Incredibly honored, humbled, and thrilled to pieces to be sharing the world premieres of “The Lord is the everlasting God” and “She” with the one and only Sarah Joosten. Love you to the moon and back, sis, and I can’t WAIT for the rest of you to hear her on these recordings 🙂

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6 months ago
Wind Symphony and Symphony Band Concert

Today’s the day!!! I’m so stoked for the world premiere of “Rush” by the UWEC Wind Symphony. Tickets are available here, but catch the livestream if you can’t make it in person!!

Join the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band for the Artist in Residence Concert. The concert will feature, UWEC Alumni, Dr. Russell Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University, and UWEC Faculty Member, Dr. Nicholas Phillips, piano.

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7 months ago

Grab your coffee, start the car, and get ready to sit in traffic - rehearsals for RUSH begin today with UWEC Bands!!

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7 months ago
Chicago Stories

Today's the day!! Come on out to UIC to hear the Bach + Beethoven Experience's performances of Chicago Stories!! You won't want to miss these amazing performances, including the COOLEST pieces by Amos Gillespie and Eric Malmquist, Composer!!

7:00pm, tickets available online here!

Chicago Stories: Three Composers. Two Shows. One Chicago.

Chicago is a city of diverse people whose stories span the world and culminate here in amazing ways. In January 2017, we commissioned three next-generation Chicago composers to create six new pioneering pieces based on the life stories of individuals, groups, and their neighborhoods. Chicago Stories brings the city to life on a personal level, while offering an underlying melody of this melting pot of world cultures.

Throughout the first half of the year, the composers met directly with Chicagoans to learn about their stories and experiences in their communities. Taking the inspirations from these encounters, they then worked with our musicians to develop wholly new compositions.

Through Chicago Stories, the audience learns ... See more

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7 months ago

Heyo! They put my name on a thing!!

The Chicago Tribune gave the Bach + Beethoven Ensemble a solid shout-out for their Chicago Stories concert this weekend. The BBE will be premiering two brand new pieces of mine - "Yes." and "Reach", which are interpretations/deductions of interviews I conducted with women in leadership positions in the city.

Come on out to UIC on Saturday night (7:00) and the Green Mill on Sunday (3:00) for some fantastic new works by Chicago composers!

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7 months ago

If you don't know, now you know....

Recently, I left my 42.5 hour a week non-music day job to pursue a life of freelancing. It was a lovely place with even lovelier people, but it was time to make the jump because I have so many exciting things going on that I want to share with you!!

Much of the brainspace I was lacking due to trying to balance everything was my [professional] social media life, but brace yourselves. Winter is coming, and so are a bunch of posts/announcements/stupid memes to make your days brighter 🙂

Stay tuned!!

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11 months ago
Heidi Joosten - Appetite Concerto for Harp and Wind Ensemble - YouTube

Holy cow, Atlas Arts Media did an AMAZING JOB compiling this video of the concerto. Jordan and Aaron, I can't thank you enough for your incredible work!!

Also a huge thanks to everyone who contributed to the IndieGoGo to make this happen. Words alone can't express my undying devotion and gratitude to you all for your generosity as this LITERALLY wouldn't have happened without you.

Thanks again to all, and I hope you enjoy!!

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