CAMBRIDGE — Collage New Music presented a deliberately crafted collage program on Sunday at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. With music director David Hoose conducting, the ensemble brought to the stage various musical colors, textures, and forms from living composers familiar and new.
“Reminiscence,” by 2015-16 Collage Fellow composer Talia Amar, received its world premiere, exploding into existence with a burst of noise and a five-note theme hectically rattling around the instruments onstage; the effect was like that of walking into a movie after all the characters have been introduced. The piece penetrated most when it slowed. A quartet of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello saturated long notes with chromatic nostalgia.