Praised as “mesmerizing and inspiring,” Stratus Ensemble (Joanna Goldstein, flute and Shane Jones, percussion) has quickly become known for their engaging and dynamic programming for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The duo has performed at a variety of venues such as the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, the Ann Arbor District Library, the Gifts of Art Performance series at the UM Hospital, and Canterbury House. Dedicated to commissioning and promoting new works, Stratus Ensemble has regularly been a part of consortiums with composers such as Wally Gunn and Valerie Coleman. In 2016, Stratus Ensemble was awarded the University of Michigan EXCEL Enterprise Grant to create a state of the art video recording of their newly commissioned work Hair, Cloth and Thread which can be viewed on their website.
Stratus Ensemble seeks to engage and inspire diverse audiences through dynamic performances and educational programs, commissioning and promoting new chamber music to strengthen community values.
- Commissioning new chamber works to expand repertoire and develop the art form.
- Engage with audiences of all ages and skill levels to facilitate the understanding and creation of music within the community.
- Achieving the highest level of artistry through captivating performance and innovative programming
First Concerto for Flute and Percussion - Lou Harrison
Devil Dance - Payton MacDonald
Flute Piece No. 1 - Alec Wilder
'Histoire du Tango - Astor Piazzolla
Crashing Through Fences - Timo Andres
Hair, Cloth, and Thread - Valerie Coleman
Bare White Bones - Wally Gunn
Gymnopedie No. 1 - Eric Satie
Correspondence V - Yasuo Sueyoshi
Intertwined - Kevin Good
Dreams from a Bayou - Michael Udow