40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
“It is no small achievement for a group uncompromisingly dedicated to contemporary chamber music to achieve such longevity.” The Washington Post.
Verge Ensemble is the performance group of the Contemporary Music Forum and was the New Music Ensemble-in-Residence At the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC until 2015. Starting with the 2015/16 season, Verge will be in residence at the Washington Conservatory of Music.
The Contemporary Music Forum, CMF, is Washington DC’s oldest contemporary music organization. A group of professional performers and composers founded CMF in 1973 to encourage the composition and performance of the music of our time. CMF gave its first series of performances free at the Washington Ethical Society. It has given a subscription series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art since 1977.
CMF has been a crucial instrument in the development of new music. It is unique in Washington in its goal to support the presentation of new works, underwriting the performance of music by innumerable contemporary composers.
Enjoying wide critical acclaim, CMF’s achievements have been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, as well as several major foundations including the Randy Hostetler Livingroom Music Fund, the Cafritz Foundation, the Dreyfus Foundation, the Kiplinger Foundation, and International Humanities, Inc. CMF has received numerous grants from the Copland Fund for Music.