Nina Young looking up dramatically at a blue beam of light o a dark stage.

The Glow That Illuminates, the Glare That Obscures

Nina C. Young / American Brass Quintet

This event has been postponed to follow University policies that have been put in place in light of new developments related to the coronavirus.

When we are close to something brilliant, what is the difference between that which lights our way, and that which impedes our journey? Young’s The Glow that Illuminates, the Glare that Obscures explores the intricacies of an old love—Renaissance architectural and musical practices—through new compositional forms and strategies. Architecturally, light and space have long been in conversation defining each other. Young uses EMPAC’s Wave Field Synthesis Array to allow the audience to follow the resonance of sound through architectural space.

Main Image: Nina C. Young, The Glow That Illuminates, The Glare That Obscures. Courtesy the artist.

Dates + Tickets

The Glow That Illuminates, the Glare That Obscures
Nina C. Young
Thursday 19
7:00 PM
March 2020

This performance has been postponed until further notice.

Presented By

EMPAC Spring 2020



The acoustic version was commissioned by Shriver Hall Concert Series for the American Brass Quintet. The premiere was given in Shriver Hall, Baltimore, MD, on December 8, 2019.

An evening-length audio-visual performance-installation version for overhead wave field synthesis, projections, and brass quintet was commissioned by EMPAC. Additional production support and residency provided by EMPAC leading up to this world premiere.

The Glow that Illuminates, The Glare that Obscures by Nina C. Young, performed by the American Brass Quintet was provided additional support by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., New York State Council on the Arts.

EMPAC Spring 2020 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media.