Commissioning project in 2019-2020

Commissioning project between fivebyfive and the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG),
with open rehearsals and a premiere concert among the artworks, supported by New Music USA, the Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist Program, and the Decentralization Regrant Program of NYS.

Artist Judith Schaechter with her work “The Battle of Carnival and Lent” at the MAG

Artist Judith Schaechter with her work “The Battle of Carnival and Lent” at the MAG


Rochester-based quintet fivebyfive is excited to commission four works for an exhibition of the renowned stained glass artist, Judith Schaechter, to be held at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) in February 2020. Schaechter has explored and pushed the limits of the stained-glass medium for over 35 years. Her singular, subversive, and masterful approach has altered the landscape of contemporary American art. She embraces the inherent contradictions of her work, gleefully melding the opposing currents of high and low, beauty and gore, sacred and profane, and transcendence and defeat.

The exhibition will explore her magical, ethereal and other-worldly images. Combined with the lush, rich colors and patterns, fivebyfive is eager to bring Schaechter’s works to life musically, and will commission four composers to write pieces inspired by her work.

Composers Edie Hill, Jung Sun Kang, Andrea Mazzariello and Jonathan Russell will write pieces for a premiere concert that will coincide with the exhibition and a visit by the artist in February 2020. These composers were chosen for their unique compositional voices that we believe will effectively capture and reflect upon the emotional, color-filled world of Ms. Schaechter’s work. The commissioned works will be completed in the Fall of 2019. Following the premiere concert, fivebyfive will include these works on its tour and make a documentary and recording of the project.


Meet the Composer / Open Rehearsals
Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium, 2:00PM
Sunday, September 15, 2019 – JON RUSSELL
Sunday, November 10, 2019 – JUNG SUN KANG
Sunday, December 8, 2019 – ANDREA MAZZARIELLO  
Sunday, January 26, 2020 – EDIE HILL

Premiere Performance of New Works

Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium, 2:00PM
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Spring 2020 – subsequent performances of works, tour and recording of project

The composers:

Edie Hill, Jung Sun Kang, Andrea Mazzariello, Jonathan Russell