This season: Conducting Nicole Murphy's The Kamikaze Mind in FSO's "Concert of Nano Operas by Women Composers"
Whitney George is a composer and conductor who specializes in the use of mixed media to blur the distinctions between concert performance, installation art, and theater. Utilizing a wide variety of material including literary texts, silent film, stock footage, and visual arts, George's compositions are characterized by an immersive theatricality that thrives on collaboration in all phases of the creative process. Her affinity for the macabre, the fantastic, and the bizarre frequently gives rise to musical programs that evoke the traditions of phantasmagoria and melodrama, challenging musicians to experiment liberally with their stage personae, and audiences to widen the scope of their attention. George's projects have incorporated the talents of photographers, actors, graphic designers, writers, and fellow musicians. She is the artistic director and conductor of The Curiosity Cabinet, a chamber orchestra formed in 2009 whose members were culled from a network of close collaborators within New York's diverse new music scene. The Cabinet's live performances often engage playfully with the prototype of the classical concert, imbuing even non-theatrical compositions with elements of drama. In addition to performances on the east and west coasts of the United States, George's music, performance art, and installations have had premieres in England and Hong Kong. George's compositions have been performed by Mivos String Quartet, Cygnus Ensemble, Transit Ensemble, Fulcrum Point String Quartet, CME (Contemporary Music Ensemble), The Curiosity Cabinet, Cadillac Moon, and Vigil Ensemble. George holds an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a master's degree from the Brooklyn College Conservatory, and is currently pursuing her PhD in composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she has studied with David Del Tredici, David Olan, Bruce Saylor, and Tania Leon. For more information, visit www.whitneygeorge.com .
Past seasons: 2016, Composer/Conductor The Yellow Wallpaper; 2015 Conductor Baby Shower; 2014 Conductor La Zombiata