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    “The ensemble performed music rich with effects and sophistication.... The concert audience will undoubtedly search for recordings of this concert... The composer [Menachem Zur, whose music was premiered] was no doubt surprised to hear such perfection.”
    —Ha'aretz, Jerusalem

    * 2006 — Sun-Dogs

    Aguavá New Music Studio Music Director Carmen Helena Téllez helped engineer the commission of a new work by Scottish composer James MacMillan. She conducted the Choral Department and the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the world premiere of Macmillan's Sun-Dogs, for large chorus a cappella, part of the Jacobs School of Music Summer Festival, Sunday, August 6, 2006 in Auer Hall.

    Sun-dogs is a setting of a poem by Michael Symmons Roberts. The text is richly allegorical, iconographic with a deep well of Christian symbolism. The metaphors are complex, evoking a range of emotions and images, dark and terrifying one minute, radiant and ecstatic the next.

    MacMillan was present at the premiere, participating in a Colloquium in Honor of Thomas Dunn, Professor Emeritus of Choral Conducting.






    Carmen and Scottish Composer James MacMillan
    discuss the score to Sun-Dogs.

    Read the Review by the Herald-Times.

    * 2006 — Cantata Criolla. The prestigious Grant Park Music Festival of Chicago under the artistic direction of Jim Palermo produced a concert of Latin American masterpieces under the baton of Carlos Kalmar, and with choral preparation by Christopher Bell. Aguavá New Music Studio's Music Director Carmen Helena Téllez consulted with Maestros Kalmar and Bell in the preparation of La Cantata Criolla or Florentino, The One Who Sang With The Devil. Aguavá's associated artists Ulises Solano and Nelson Martínez performed the central roles of Florentino and the Devil. The program also included Villa-Lobos's extraordinary Choros No.10, and Ariel Ramírez's beloved Misa Criolla. Read the Chicago Tribune review.

    See the Soloists.

    * 2005— Library of Congress. Many thanks to the Library of Congress for our appearance there in March. The Washington Post called Aguavá "brilliant ... thrilling, and immersing."

    * 2003 — Conductor Carmen Helena Téllez conducts the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in John Adams' oratorio El Niño, November 6, 2003, 8 p.m., in the Musical Arts Center (MAC), Indiana University Bloomington. Read the Herald-Times review online.

    * 2003 — Aguavá music director Carmen Helena Téllez was in New York to conduct concerts with the Pocket Opera of New York and Chicago. You can read and hear about it at:

    Sequenza21 Review
    WNYC Radio, Carmen Helena Téllez and John Eaton
    New York Times
    Metromix, Chicago

    * 2002 — Aguavá New Music Studio performed Stephen Hartke's Tituli (Titles)--a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer — on a concert at the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall. A collaborative concert on the Contemporary Chamber Players Concert Series, Aguavá was featured along with the Pacifica String Quartet, and eighth blackbird. Also on the program was Shaker Loops by John Adams, and the piano quintet Three Hebrew Melodies by Jan Radzinski. The concert was conducted by Carmen Helena Téllez. See the Chicago Sun Times Review. Hartke himself exclaimed, "This group gives the Hilliard Ensemble a run for its money!"

    * 2002 — Aguavá music director Carmen Helena Téllez has been named music director of the Contemporary Chamber Players of Chicago. Concerts in the spring of 2002 will include Praise by CCP founder and director emeritus Ralph Shapey, featuring singers from the Aguavá New Music Ensemble (February 16, here's thereview from the Chicago Trib review. Other concerts will include the Pacifica String Quartet and Eighth Blackbird. Details to be announced.

    * 2002 — Aguavá partners with the Pocket Opera of New York and Chicago
    to present John Eaton's opera, Inasmuch [sic].

    * 2001 — Aguavá New Music releases CDCanticum Novum, repertoire from the Tempus Fugit Festival in Tel Aviv. New music by John Eaton, winner of the MacArthur "Genius" Foundation Prize for creativity; by Mario Lavista, one of the most sophisticated musical voices in Latin America today, and by Cary Boyce, conducted by Carmen Helena Téllez.

    * 2001 — The Ave Maria of Aguavá composer Cary Boyce performed by the Dale Warland Singers on their Cathedral Classics program, Saturday March 9, 2001 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, 8 p.m.

    * 2001Carmen Helena Téllez conducted Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, with chorus and orchestra for the IU Ballet Theatre's presentation with choreography by Jacques Cesbron, stage setting by David Higgins, March 23 and 24 at the Indiana University Music Arts Center.

    * 2001Alain Barker received his doctorate from the IU School of Music.
    (Finally ... )

    * 2001Amici, a chamber choir in the UK, performs The Sea Is Awash Roses by composer Cary Boyce, Saturday, April 7th 2001, St. Lawrence's Church, Bridle Road, Eastcote (UK), and follow with a tour to Budapest and Veszprem, Hungary.

    * 2000 — Mandiargues: L'amateur d'imprudence, a film documentary of the French surrealist author Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues by director Evelyne Clavaud, music by composer Cary Boyce, premieres on France 3 TV.

    * Conductor Carmen Helena Téllez conducts the Pocket Opera Company of Chicago in three operas by John Eaton: Peer Gynt, Youth, and Golk, at the Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts, December 14-16, 2000. For more information: Aguavá will recorded these operas in March, 2001. CD details to be announced.

    * 1998 Itineraries of the Night, a CD of chamber and vocal music by Cary
    Boyce, Gerardo Dirié, Toru Takemitsu, and Anton Webern is released.

    * 1999 Aguavá composer Cary Boyce recieves Indiana Arts
    Commission Grant to write By the Waters, available on the Canticum Novum CD. Aguavá premiers the work in Tel Aviv at the 2000 Tempus Fugit International Music Festival.

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