Tours

So Percussion premieres new Princeton works on PSK

Monday, December 10, 2018 to Wednesday, December 12, 2018

new works for the Edward T. Cone Artists-in-Residence by Gemma Peacocke, Tom Morrison, Cleek Schrey, Connor Way, Anna Meadors, Molly Herron, Alyssa Weinberg, Jenny Beck, Annika Socolofsky, Pascal Le Bouef, Christopher Douthitt, Florent Ghys, Kendall Williams, and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade

Monday, December 10, 2018, 8pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 8pm

 

Taplin Auditorium
Princeton, NJ

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street—"blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven" (The Times, London)— returns to The Met with a stunning double bill. Dixit Dominus(The Lord Said), Handel's powerful setting of Psalm 110, is paired with David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion, a "tender and mysterious" (The New York Times) contemporary choral work based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

Metropolitan Museum of Art The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
New York , NY

'the little match girl passion' for chorus performed by Pro Coro Canada ConSept

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Little Match Girl Passion has become Pro Coro Canada’s annual Christmas concert. Providing a contrast to the abundance of the season, this one hour candlelit performance will take you on the heart wrenching but hopeful journey of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic tale. The Passion will be performed by Pro Coro Canada ConSept: Jolaine Kerley, Adrienne Sitko, Caleb Nelson and Michael Kurschat.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Edmonton, Canada

'the little match girl passion' performed by Silbersee

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8:15pm

The end of the year is a time of reflection, to reflect on the events around us. Together with writer Anna Enquist Silbersee brings a winter evening with stories and reflections, words and music. The musical heart of this evening is David Langs the little match girl passion . This gripping winter passion, to the fairytale about the girl with the sulfur sticks, was crowned in 2008 with the Pulitzer Prize.

In the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, composer David Lang saw a contemporary passion story that offers both believers and atheists a moment of reflection. The words of Anna Enquist express in their own way themes such as hope, doubt and comfort. Music plays an important role in her poetry and novels. Together with the music of Jörg Brinkmann and Arvo Pärt, this promises to be a musical evening of stillness and inspiration.

Muziekgebouw Grote Zaal
Amsterdam, Netherlands

'she is called' performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (world premiere)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

The annual FERUS Festival is a showcase of untamed voices. The world’s most innovative artists perform their newest work in music, multimedia, and beyond.

For the fifth night of the 2019 FERUS Festival, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus seeks out the voices of the composers whose work is often marginalized and puts them front and center in their show Amplify.

Featuring works by a wide array of young and contemporary composers, the BYC’s Concert and Men’s Ensembles perform music that speaks directly to the most urgent themes of today, furthering vital conversations within and beyond the arts. The concert includes music by Composer, Co-Founder, and Artistic Director of National Sawdust Paola Prestini, Artist-in-Residence Angélica Negrón, National Sawdust Curator Daniel Bernard Roumain, David Lang, Olga Bell, and many more. Through the voices of those who are seldom heard, Amplify moves us towards a more inclusive and compassionate vision of the future.

National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY

Dark Waves (two piano version)

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Maarten van Veen and Ralph van Raat, piano

Program:

Bernd Alois Zimmermann Monologue
John Luther Adams Dark Waves (version for 2 pianos)
Claude Debussy Jeux

At 7.15 pm introduction by Maarten van Veen

De Doelen
Rotterdam, Netherlands

'i lie' performed by Hard-Chor

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 8:00pm

Toru Takemitsu - Vocalise I (from Wind horse) 
Jake Runestadt - Nyon Nyon 
Anton Webern - Dormi Jesu (from 5 canons op. 16) 
Aaron Copland - Help us, O Lord (from Four Motets) 
Aaron Copland - Thou, O Jehovah (out Four Motets) 
Aaron Copland - From Four Motets 
Aaron Copland - Sing to our King (from Four Motets) 
Toru Takemitsu - Vocalise II (from Wind horse) 
Thomas Jennefelt - Villarosa Sarialdi 
Per Norgard - Evening Song

Thomas Mandel - And you say 
Arvo Pärt - Virgencita 
John August Pamintuan - De profundis 
Eric Whitacre - Enjoy the silence 
Karl Jenkins - Exultate, jubilate 
Gabriel Jackson - Orbis patrons Optime 
David Lang - I lie

Gläserner Saal / Magna Auditorium, Musikverein Wien
Wien, Austria

So Percussion at the Royal Conservatory

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 3:30pm

Redefining the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble, Sō Percussion performs Amid the Noise by Jason Treuting alongside works by Vijay Iyer, Suzanne Farrin, and Donnacha Dennehy.

Amid the Noise is a patient study of musical spaces, using a few meaningful quotes for material and structure. Each piece is made up of a few layers of melody, harmony, drone, noise, and rhythm. Some of the elements are prescribed, but many are left open for the performer to explore.

Program:
Vijay Iyer: Torque
Suzanne Farrin: New Work TBD
Donnacha Dennehy: Broken Unison (premiered last week at Carnegie Hall).
Jason Treuting: amid the noise

Koerner Hall
Toronto, Canada

Sō at the National Gallery (Washington, DC)

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 3:30pm

So Percussion performs works originally composed for keyboard instruments. The program includes selections from Elliot Cole’s Postludes for Bowed Vibraphone; Vijay Iyer’s Torque; selections from Dan Trueman’s Nostalgic Synchronic (for prepared digital piano); Jason Treuting’s Nine Numbers 4; Caroline Shaw’s Taxidermy; Donnacha Dennehy’s Broken Unison; and a new work by Suzanne Farrin.

 

National Gallery
Washington, D.C.

'she is called' performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Series
Silent Voices is a multimedia, multi-composer, and multi-year series of concert works with spoken word conceived, produced and performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Silent Voicesamplifies the voices of those silenced or marginalized in our communities and harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change. The Chorus has commissioned a dynamic group of innovative artists to interpret rich personal stories and historical narratives exploring contemporary themes of identity, orientation, status, boundaries, and belonging.

This Show
Silent Voices: Lovestate, the third installment in the Silent Voices series, builds on the success of its earlier premieres at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, National Sawdust, and Prototype Festival, in a program including stand-out works from the earlier series and new premieres. In Lovestate, a dynamic roster of composers and artists collaborate with the choristers in confronting the challenges of division and categorization, racism, sexism, immigration, threats to our environment and our understanding of truth, as we seek to affirm our vision of a more inclusive and compassionate future—a world we can all look forward to. Unifying this musically and topically broad work is the distinctively versatile and beautiful sound of the rigorously-trained singers—a chorus of culturally and socioeconomically diverse New York City young people, ages 12–18. Commissioned composers for Lovestate include: Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Angelica Negron, Bora Yoon, and others.

Produced and Performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Conceived and Conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker
Chorus costumes provided by rag & bone

ASU Gammage
Tempe, AZ

Fire in my mouth performed by the New York Philharmonic and The Crossing Choir (world premiere)

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:00pm

Jaap van Zweden conducts Julia Wolfe’s immersive visual and musical event — featuring lights, chamber choir, video, and projection — that explores a seminal event in New York City, the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 that killed more than 100 young immigrants. 

David Geffen Hall
New York , NY

MUTED performed by Monica Germino

Monday, January 28, 2019 to Wednesday, January 30, 2019

“I’m going to write you a piece so soft, I don’t care if no one can hear it.” 
This was composer Michael Gordon’s response to Monica Germino’s news that she would have to protect her hearing by stopping or adapting how she played the violin.

Inspired by Germino’s strength and determination, four of the world’s leading composers – Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang (co-founders of Bang on a Can) and legendary composer Louis Andriessen – joined forces to create MUTED. This collective composition features what Germino calls ‘whisperviolin’ and a part for Monica’s singing voice (in settings of texts from the 1930’s New York Post cult column Archy and Mehitabel).

Taking audiences to the thresholds of audibility, this intensely theatrical piece is conceived for small groups of listeners in intimate spaces.

 

ANNEX
Vancouver, Canada

'east broadway' performed by Emanuele Arciuli

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 8:45pm

Premio Abbiati 2011 as best soloist of the year, Emanuele Arciuli is a pianist in love with America and his music: his interest has been realized in a book,  Piano Music in the United States(Edt) and in numerous lessons, both radio and that television. With American Landscapesproposes a journey through American music, using five different keyboards: the piano, the electric piano, the toy piano, the harpsichord, the prepared piano. A succession of authors, from John Cage and Philip Glass to John Adams and Harold Budd, for a unique project, which unites the spectacular and visual component, a surprising variety of languages, styles and compositional techniques. But above all it offers a choice of the highest compositional quality, with intense, direct, communicative, intelligent works.

PROGRAM

John Adams, China Gates for piano 
Henry Cowell, Set of Four (excerpts) for harpsichord amplified 
John Cage, Suite for Toy Piano
John Cage, The Perilous Night for piano prepared  
John Philip Glass, Etude # 2 
Kyle Gann, Fractured Paradise for keyboard 
Julia Wolfe sampler , East Broadway for piano toy and magnetic tape 
Harold Budd, Children on the Hill for electric piano and harmonizer 
Alan Hovhaness, Dark River and Distant Bell
Frederic Rzewski, Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues for piano 

Teatro Verdi
Pordenone, Italy

'illumination rounds' performed by Ensemble 20/21

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 8:00pm

Curtis alumnus and world renown pianist Peter Serkin joins Curtis 20/21 and the Vera String Quartet to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, a work written in 1942 in response to the rise of authoritarianism and World War II. The program features other politically-charged works, including pieces by Curtis alums Jonathan Holland and 20/21 artistic director David Ludwig, as well as gripping musical statements by David Lang and Nina Young.

 

There will be a pre-concert conversation on stage with some of the composers of these works, as well as a discussion of the intersection of politics and music.

Gould Rehearsal Hall
Philadelphia, PA

'the little match girl passion' and 'make peace' performed by The Crossing

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Crossing takes their show on the road with a signature work, David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning the little match girl passion, and highlights from the 2016 Jeff Quartets written by some of their closest composer friends.

February 6, 2019: Holloway Hall, Salisbury University, MD
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February 7, 2019: The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington DE
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February 8, 2019: Pfleger Concert Hall, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
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February 9, 2019: Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC
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February 10, 2019: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Center, Notre Dame University, IN
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'the little match girl passion' performed by Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

This a cappella performance of the Baltimore Choral Arts Chamber Chorus recounts Hans Christian Andersen’s haunting short story of a poor child’s hopes and dreams. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composition will be matched with striking images created by MICA students. Visual and musical compositions are injected into the little match girl passion to create a multi-sensory mash-up!

 

Brown Center Falvey Hall
Baltimore, MD

Portland, OR—songbirdsongs

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Caballito Negro collaborates with flutist Sophia Tegart and percussionist Chris Whyte to present the epic John Luther Adams’ songbirdsongs (a collection of indeterminate miniature pieces for piccolos and percussion based on free translations of bird songs). 

Portland State University
Portland, OR

TwoSense play at Cal State Uni Fullerton

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Ashley Bathgate, cello and Lisa Moore, piano – the incredible TwoSense duo perform together again in LA at the New Music Festival in CSUF.

Program tbc:

Family Matters – Paul Dresher

Velvet – Kate Moore

New Work – Pamela Madsen

Spun – Amy Kirsten

Prayers Remain Forever – Martin Bresnick

 

Cal State Uni Fullerton, Meng Concert Hall
Fullerton, CA

'the loser' performed by LA Opera

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 8:00pm to Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

Two piano prodigies at a master class encounter an even greater talent: the virtuoso Glenn Gould, on the cusp of superstardom. The devastating realization that they will never approach their new rival’s level of artistry changes their lives forever. A painful meditation on dreams forsaken and hopes unrealized unfolds in an unusually intimate staging that incorporates multiple levels of the spectacular Theatre at Ace Hotel. Composer David Lang returns to LA Opera for the first time since his spellbinding anatomy theater. (Note: as was the case with anatomy theater, the title of the loser is spelled in lowercase.) In an intimate work for baritone, piano and chamber ensemble, the loser stars Rod Gilfry, in a role he created for the work’s premiere at the pathbreaking Bang on a Can festival.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Detroit, MI—Become Ocean

Saturday, February 23, 2019 to Sunday, February 24, 2019

Leonard Slatkin brings the American Music festival to a close with works by Kristin Kuster, Barber’s haunting Violin Concerto, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the startling silence of John Cage on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, minimalist percussion masterworks of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, plus John Luther Adams’s visionary Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean.

Artists
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Joseph Becker, percussion
Andres Pichardo, percussion
Jeremy Epp, timpani
James Ritchie, timpani

Program
STEVE REICH Clapping Music
PHILIP GLASS Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists & Orchestra
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Become Ocean

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
Detroit, MI

Sō at Longwood Gardens (PA)

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:00pm

With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble. Programmed for curious audiences, their inventive repertoire and instrumentation spans anything between a snare drum and a flower pot.

Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia, PA

'the writings' performed by Theatre of Voices (world premiere)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 7:30pm

When Theatre of Voices performed Stockhausen’s epic Stimmung at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times praised the ensemble's performance as “confident and luminous, controlled yet free …” Theatre of Voices returns to give the New York premiere of an Arvo Pärt work accompanied with a film by award-winning Danish director Phie Ambo. Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices' artistic director, conducted the world premiere of David Lang’s the little match girl passion and the ensemble recorded it to tremendous acclaim. Both reacquaint themselves with Lang’s music in the writings—the world premiere of the complete cycle. 

Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall
New York , NY

'public domain' performed by London Symphony

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Enter into the discordant and energetically disorienting sound world of Philippe Manoury’s Ring, written for large ‘spatialised’ orchestra and extended percussion. Steel drums, timbales and anvils all feature in this new musical experience, as LSO musicians are scattered throughout the Barbican Hall.

Scriabin’s Symphony Fourth Symphony, The Poem of Ecstasy, depicts a cosmic spirit’s assent into consciousness, the ‘joy of liberated action, a divine play of worlds’ according to the composer. The piece seems to alternate between slow, unhurried languor and striving energy, all based around the composer’s new modes of tonality giving the end product an ethereal sense of musical mysticism. 

Barbican Centre foyer
London, United Kingdom

'prisoner of the state' performed by the New York Philharmonic (world premiere)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:30pm to Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

Don’t miss this contemporary take on Beethoven’s Fidelio. In prisoner of the state, our climactic season finale, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang transforms the classic opera into an exploration of challenging an evil government, putting a fresh lens on the fall of a political tyrant. The Philharmonic — an integral part of the drama — serves as witness in this fully staged opera.

David Geffen Hall
New York , NY