Tours

Bearthoven at West Chester University

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:30pm

Bearthoven Performs Scott Wollschleger’s American Dream, Shelley Washington’s Silk, and the world premiere of Trio by Katie Balch* at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

*This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

West Chester University
West Chester, PA

'she is called' performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

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, Olga Bell, Nico Muhly, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Shaina Taub, and Bora Yoon.

Kennedy Center
Washington, D.C.

Meredith Monk: Cellular Songs & Quartet Concert at Stanford University

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 7:30pm

Meredith Monk is honored worldwide as a composer, singer, director, choreographer, and performance pioneer. For over 50 years she has been creating genredefying work, evoking feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. On April 6, Monk and the Vocal Ensemble pair voice with movement, instrumentation, and video in Cellular Songs, a work inspired by biological processes of the fundamental unit of life that can serve as a prototype for human behavior in our tumultuous world.

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

'ever-present' performed by Bryce Dessner, David Chalmi and the Labèque Sisters

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

Foreign to all musical hermetism, the Labèque sisters put the same requirement when they collaborate with the greatest note teps composers (Berio, Boesmans, Golijov or Glass) or share the stage with percussion, guitars, jazzmen and dancers. To celebrate 50 years of minimalism, they had imagined a Minimalist Dream House to house the works of the pioneers of the movement and those they influenced. They continue today by interpreting the American succession (David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner), the unknown Julius Eastman, and a much anticipated creation of Thom Yorke.

Lyon National Orchestra
Lyon, France

'ever-present' performed by Bryce Dessner, David Chalmi and the Labèque Sisters (UK premiere)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:30pm

Acclaimed pianists, sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque, are renowned for their energetic double act and their passion for minimalist music. In 2013 they released an album entitled Minimalist Dream House, featuring works by minimal music pioneers and their successors.

The Labèques now continue their journey, which started with the album, with a series of live concerts, with the Barbican date also featuring Bryce Dessner (guitar) and David Chalmin (guitar, voice, live-electronic).

Here the sisters and their guests will perform works by American composers David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner, Timo Andres, French composer David Chalmin and a new work by Radiohead front man Thom Yorke.

Minimalism developed in the USA in the 1960s as a music genre that brought together what had been thought to be incompatible: it was new and experimental, while also being clear, honest and melodious. Through constant repetition, the radically simplified musical language unleashed new energies and soon became influential in genres ranging from krautrock and pop to techno.

Barbican Hall
London, United Kingdom

Bearthoven: False Harmonics 3.0 at Pioneer Works

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 8:00pm

Bearthoven performs the NYC premieres of Sarah Hennies’s Spectral Malsconcities and Katherine Balch’s Trio* on the False Harmonics 3.0 Series at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The Luisa Muhr/Wendy Eisenberg Duo will be performing the first set of the evening.

*This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Pioneer Works
Brooklyn, NY

'low resolution' and Spinning Jenny performed by Jennifer Koh

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 8:00pm

Inspired by Paganini’s landmark set of 24 caprices, Jennifer’s project Shared Madness asks “What is the relationship between the violinist and the instrument?” The project explores virtuosity in the 21st century and is comprised of short works for solo violin from some of today’s most celebrated composers, including Phillip Glass, Bryce Dessner (from The National), Kaija Saariaho, and Julia Wolfe (co-founder of Bang on a Can). It premiered at the New York Philharmonic’s 2nd Biennial in June 2016.

Fox Cabaret
Vancouver, Canada

'make peace' performed by Arizona Repertory Singers

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 3:00pm

Psalm settings by C.V. Stanford, Arthur Honegger and James Macmillan. Music reflecting the “Song of Songs” by John Dunstable and Edward Bairstow; Purer than purest pure, a setting of poetry by e.e. cummings by UA composer Daniel Asia, and Make peace, a brand new work by David Lang.

Temple Emanu-el
Tuscon, AZ

'she is called' performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Thursday, May 2, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019

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, Olga Bell, Nico Muhly, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Shaina Taub, and Bora Yoon.

New Victory Theater
New York, NY

'the little match girl passion' performed by OS Ensemble

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Rothko’s Chapel, a non-denominational, broadly ecumenical center, was designed by Jewish abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko (born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz). Originally conceived of as a Catholic chapel, the deeply spiritual, but abstract work of Rothko was quickly felt to be more fitting for a place of holiness open to all religions, belonging to none.

It was this work of Rothko’s that inspired Morton Feldman’s epic masterwork Rothko’s Chapel (1971). A work of great abstraction and spiritual depth, Rothko’s Chapel begins in what Feldman describes a "synagoguey type of way” and ends with what Feldman called a “quasi-Hebraic” melody in the Viola. In 2007 David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion, self-consciously attempted to secularize and universalize the Passion story, by setting a Hans Christian Anderson fable in the manner of a J. S. Bach Passion. In both of these works abstraction, and universalization, are Jewish responses to being in dialogue with artistic representations of Christian spirituality.

Join us for a performance of these two choral masterworks featuring the young artists of the OS Ensemble, led by Raquel Acevedo-Klein, including the performance of a new secular sacred work by composer Adam Roberts, commissioned for the occasion.

Following the performance there will be a panel discussion on the evening’s compositions and the topic of secular sacred art and music more broadly which will feature composers David Lang and Adam Roberts as well as Kath Rothko Prizel.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Meredith Monk in Concert at The Jewish Museum

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

Renowned composer/performer Meredith Monk offers a rare, intimate concert—her premiere at the Jewish Museum—with members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin. The concert reflects Monk’s six decades of innovation and vocal mastery, and parallels the exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, exploring Cohen's inspiring, influential, and enduring legacy. 

Scheuer Auditorium, The Jewish Museum
New York, NY

'Dystopia,' 'Gotham,' and 'El Sol Caliente' at Spoleto Festival USA

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Filmmaker Bill Morrison is renowned for artful and haunting techniques that forge new works out of archival, historical, and original footage. With powerful scores composed by Michael Gordon and performed by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Morrison has made three 30-minute films capturing the aura of three American cities: Gotham (2004) for New York, Dystopia (2008) for Los Angeles, and El Sol Caliente (2015) for Miami. Presented for the first time as a trilogy with live orchestra, City Symphonies celebrates character of place and how it evolves, pairing image and music to share the energy, chaos, and beauty of urban life.

Memminger Auditorium
Charleston, SC

'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