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Ensemble Connect Fellow Nicolee Kuester Reflects on This Season’s Final Concert

Horn player Nicolee Kuester talks about her experience in her first year as a member of Ensemble Connect, and how it led to the theme of their final concert of the season at Roulette.

Nicolee Kuester, Horn

Thomas Wolfe wrote, “One belongs to New York instantly; one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” I’m coming to understand these words more and more as I wind down my first season with my Ensemble Connect colleagues, having moved here myself just this past fall from California and taken some time to settle into the new rhythms of this restless, brilliant city. Many of the other Ensemble Connect fellows are coming from farther than just a coast away—collectively we hail from places as far as South Korea, Japan, Germany, and Uzbekistan—and I think it’s fitting that our last concert of the season celebrated the journey of artist immigrants, not only in our small cohort but in the larger American community. Our June 8 show at Roulette in Brooklyn featured the voices of immigrants in our nation, including works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Shulamit Ran, Anna Clyne, and the next generation of international composers who have come to live and create in the United States.

Ensemble Connect at Roulette (Jack Vartoogian)
Ensemble Connect fellows Yoonah Kim, Bixby Kennedy, Rémy Taghavi, and Nicolee Kuester perform at Roulette. (Photography: Jack Vartoogian)

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