INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra with Miranda Cuckson, violin

DC Premiere of Tethys by Prof. Douglas Boyce; works by Podgursky and Stucky


Steven Stucky - Ad Parnassum
Jeremy Pogursky - Trance Mechanics
Douglas Boyce - Tethys 

About the DC premiere of Douglas Boyce's Tethys:

The George Washington University Department of Music at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design presents the DC premiere performance of Douglas Boyce’s Tethys, performed by GRAMMY-nominated INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra and violinist and new music powerhouse, Miranda Cuckson. The performance will take place in the Corcoran School's Hammer Auditorium.

In Roman mythology, Tethys is a sea goddess, but it is also the name of the primordial sea that evolved into what we now know as the Mediterranean.  Tethys herself was one of the old gods, though she played no role in the historical records of cults. She was, importantly, the mother of the chief rivers known to the Greeks--the Nile, the Alpheus, the Maeander--and some three thousand daughters called the Oceanids.

In his monumental history of the Mediterranean’s rich past, Memory and the Mediterranean, Fernand Braudel, one of the 20th century’s most revered historians, observes that “Rome might have been well advised to settle for the Mediterranean alone, for the expanse of blue water and the fringe of countries around its shores—to settle for the sun, the vine, and the olive-tree."

This serves as the focal point for a meditation on the alternately constructive and ruinous forces of nature and time. Tethys draws on a mixture of geomorphology (the tectonic shifts that brought the Alps, Apennines, and Himalayas into being), archeology and Western civilization’s inheritance of Greco-Roman antiquity and mythology.

Tethys is a work for solo violin and seven instruments:  viola, cello, bass, clarinet, flute, bassoon, horn, and piano.



Miranda Cuckson is a leading figure in contemporary music.  She is praised for her “undeniable musicality” (New York Times), “command of line and naturalness of expression” (Gramophone), and “seemingly inexhaustible arsenal of technical abilities” (AllMusic Guide). Ms. Cuckson is recognized internationally as a leading soloist and chamber musician. She performs at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Miller Theatre, 92nd Street Y, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, as well as at major festivals, such as the Marlboro, Bard, Lincoln Center, Bridgehampton, Portland, and Bodensee..

She made her recent Carnegie Hall debut in Walter Piston’s violin concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra and Leon Botstein. Her nine lauded solo CDs include music by Luigi Nono (a New York Times Best Recording of 2012), Shapey, Hersch, Martino, Finney, and recent releases of Carter, Eckardt, Sessions, Haas, and Xenakis.. She has collaborated with such composers as Dutilleux, Carter, Adès, Sciarrino, Adams, Boulez, Hyla, Mackey, Crumb, Lachenmann, Saariaho, Lindberg, Davidovsky, Hurel, Bermel, Wyner, Haas, Murail, Wuorinen, and Currier. She is on the violin faculty at Mannes College, The New School for Music.

Artistic Director Richard Scerbo founded INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra in 2004 at the University of Maryland School of Music. The ensemble is known for pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience.

With its flexible roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated group of high energy master musicians has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, DC region and beyond. Inscape has worked with emerging American composers and commits itself to presenting concerts featuring the music of our time.  

Since its inception, Inscape has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works. Inscape members regularly perform with the National, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Virginia, Richmond, and Delaware symphonies and the Washington Opera Orchestra.