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Hans Christian Andersen's children's classic is being brought to life through David Lang's interpretation of the bittersweet story. Verdigris joins the Avant Chamber Ballet for a fully staged production of this story. This is the first time that a contemporary choral work will be staged with a ballet company in Dallas.
Dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser join forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs to create THE DAY – an evening-length work, with evocative music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. THE DAY is a new work being developed at LUMBERYARD over a two-week production and technical residency, and will have its world premiere at Jacob's Pillow in summer 2019 and its New York premiere at The Joyce Theater in fall 2019, before touring the U.S. and abroad. Audiences are invited to see the work in progress at LUMBERYARD in showings on December 7 and 8.
Featuring both Beiser and Whelan onstage for the duration of the performance, THE DAY is a meditation on two journeys – the mortal passage, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes not easily grappled with – memory, aging, death, the survival of the soul – through the shared language of music and dance.
SWEET IS THY VOICE: THE SONG OF SONGS IN CONCERTThursday Dec 6, 2018 7:00pmSidney Krum Young Artists
The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Sidney Krum.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
YIVO members & students: $10
Shir hashirim, “The Song of Songs,” is the ur-love poem. An ecstatic erotic book found in ketuvim (writings) in the Hebrew bible, it has been a source of inspiration for generation after generation of Hebrew love poems, and has inspired musical settings in a variety of languages, and from a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish perspectives. This concert will feature a selection of songs that set to music excerpts of “The Song of Songs” or texts inspired by it, in languages ranging from Hebrew and Yiddish to English, Russian, German, and Latin. Composers include Claudio Monteverdi, J. S. Bach, David Lang, Joseph Rumshinsky, Sholem Pearlmutter and Herman Wohl, Mikhail Gnesin, Lazare Saminsky, and Lyubov Streicher. The concert will also include new works commissioned by Loren Loiacono and Na’ama Zisser engaging with "The Song of Songs" from contemporary perspectives.
Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and The Trinity Choir of Wall St, Julian Wachner conductor, at Zankel Hall!
"[Anthracite Fields] captures not only the sadness of hard lives lost…but also of the sweetness and passion of a way of daily life now also lost. The music compels without overstatement. This is a major, profound work." - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times.
The music compels without overstatement,” wrote the Los Angeles Times of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields. “This is a major, profound work.” Inspired by miners living in the Pennsylvania coal region, Wolfe uses oral histories, interviews with miners and their families, speeches, children’s rhymes, and other sources to create a powerful cantata that speaks of the American worker’s experience. With music that is at times elegiac, hard-driving, and tender, Wolfe creates a soundscape that is deeply moving.
David Lang (* 1957): The Little Match Girl Passion (Choral Version 2008) Text by David Lang (after HC Andersen, HP Paulli, Picander and Matthew)
Josquin Desprez (1450-1521): Miserere
David Lang: Solitary (2016) for chamber choir
On November 24, in the theater house "Jūras vārti" in Ventspils, the first and only concert in Latvia will be presented by the outstanding and one of the world's most well-known percussion ensembles - the quartet "Sō Percussion" from the United States.
With its innovative and originally designed genres of concert programs, amazing interpretations of modern classics and, as the New Yorker wrote, "A mixture of exhilarating anarchy and precision, with rigor and clutter," Sō Percussion has rewrote the percussion ensemble rules and role in contemporary music. . It will not be exaggerated, saying that the quartet is one of the most striking phenomena in 21st century music in general.
Sō Percussion: the name is Japanese, the performers are American but their music is universal. At the cutting edge of contemporary percussion, they are at home in minimalism, jazz, world music and dance, always pushing the boundaries with electrifying and innovative music-making. This concert’s programme will include music by two of their favourite composers – Steve Reich and Bryce Dessner – as well as a special performance in collaboration with students from Saffron Walden County High School.
Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Caroline Shaw Taxidermy
Bryce Dessner Music for Wood and Strings
Jason Treuting Amid the Noise
Sō Percussion’s manifesto: ‘to create a new model of egalitarian artistic collaboration that respects history, champions innovation and curiosity, and creates an essential social bond through service to our audiences and our communities.’
This American quartet is all about innovation and re-invention. Performing pieces by Steve Reich, the National’s Bryce Dessner and Caroline Shaw – watch out for some very strange instruments indeed – they also present to the world the chord stick (*a brand new instrument that’s a cross between a dulcimer and an electric guitar.) And to finish the show, RNCM percussion students join the group on stage to perform a hypnotic suite of pieces by the quartet’s very own Jason Treuting, blending Reich, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin.
Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a rising talent and standout performer in the new music scene. A core member of new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé, founding member of SoundMind, and teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic, she is equally at home performing new music and more traditional repertoire and will be performing with ICE for Proving Up at Miller Theatre in September. For her solo debut at Miller, she has curated a program of flute works—some of which hover at the border of inaudibility—that are perfect for the intimate setting of a Pop-Up concert.
All concerts start at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets required. Come early to guarantee your seats onstage.
Grand Band is a new piano sextet from New York City, featuring what the New York Times called “the Traveling Wilburys of NY’s new-music piano scene.” The pianists are Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Karekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell. The band will perform music Ben Wallace, Julius Eastman and Missy Mazzoli along with new compositions by Paul Kerekes and Detroit composer Harriet Steinke.
In a brilliant theatrical adaptation with haunting shadow projections, masked dance, and puppetry, Maine-based Figures of Speech Theatre brings contemporary composer David Lang's little match girl passion to the stage in collaboration with the Holy Cross Chamber Singers.
Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Lang's exquisite score recasts the H.C. Andersen classic about the suffering and death of a child in the tradition of Bach's Passion music, elevating her sorrow to a higher plane.
In the tradition of Philip Glass @80 and John Corigliano @80 concerts, National Sawdust will celebrate Joan Tower in honor of her 80th Birthday. “One of the most successful women composers of all time” (The New Yorker) and one of the most important American composers alive today, Joan Tower has made lasting contributions to musical life for the past half century. With her iconic Silver Ladders, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, and the recording of her Made In America won three different Grammy awards. In honor of her 80th birthday, National Sawdust is hosting an exclusive celebration, featuring an afternoon of music curated by Tower herself and featuring music written by Tower and friends Jennifer Higdon, Tania León, and Julia Wolfe.
Joan Tower: String Quartet
Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio
Tania León: Ethos
Julia Wolfe: Cha
The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra takes you on a symphonic journey with Mendelssohn's famous exploration of Scotland, American composer John Luther Adams's visionary musical painting of water, Dark Waves, and the ultimate dream-voyage in Strauss's Don Quixote, featuring cellist Andrew Yee.
Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
John Luther Adams Dark Waves
Strauss Don Quixote
The BBC Orchestras and Choirs learning programme is committed to adventurous and innovative education work with three core strands of focus: introducing new audiences, creative projects and nurturing talent.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Julian Wachner, conductor, will perform Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields in the place that inspired the piece - Scranton, PA in anthracite coal region!
More info coming soon.
"Our audiences are fully aware of Kathleen Allan’s multiple talents as conductor-singer-composer and her long association with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. This concert — her official audition — will feature a performance of the famous Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin, the most renowned Swiss composer of the 20th century. Between those Mass movements, though, Ms. Allan will introduce a great variety of music — both secular and sacred — by Arcadelt, Lassus, O’Regan, Lang, Sharman, Shaw, Braden, Hawley, and… Allan." -Vancouver Chamber Choir
Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir: American Scenes: From East to West
Charles Ives’s “General William Booth Enters Into Heaven” accompanied by the Rutgers Saxophone Ensemble, directed by Paul Cohen, Janice Giteck’s “Far North Beast Ghosts the Clearing,” and “Night Peace” for percussion, harp, and double chorus by John Luther Adams.
The energetic, forward driving compositions of Ken Thomson hold you in their grip, whether they’re played by a string quartet, an ensemble or a jazz band. His new sextet plays presents them as an impressive sort of chamber music with improvised solos. The band consists of renowned New York jazz musicians, including drummer Daniel Dor (Avishai Cohen Trio).
Alto sax and (bass) clarinet player Ken Thomson made name in the punk/jazz combo Gutbucket and in the internationally renowned ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars. He made an album with the JACK Quartet and founded the 12-piece avant-garde marching band Asphalt Orchestra, that plays everything from Björk to Mingus and metal. With the ensemble Slow/Fast he released two critically acclaimed albums.
Made in Belgium is a journey to the heart of contemporary Belgian creation. It is the meeting of a violin-piano duet known for its complicity and energy with the composers of our time. An invitation to discover multiple scripts, decompartmentalizing styles, reconciling genres. Works by Claude Ledoux, Marcel Cominotto (Tetra), Jean-Paul Dessy (The call of the scale), Michel Lysight (Interiora Terrae) and David Lang (Illumination Rounds), performed in the presence of composers.
Lisa Moore performs a solo set in the NYC Rzewski 80th birthday festival at Spectrum in Brooklyn.
To His Coy Mistress – for a singing pianist
De Profundis – for a speaking pianist (based on the Oscar Wilde 1895 letter from Reading Goal)
Piano Piece no.4
Time Out / New York called him the "hardest-working saxophonist in new-music show business". Not without reason: KEN THOMSON , co-founder of the successful band Gutbucket - which has existed for almost 20 years - and musicians in several other bands, also writes numerous compositions, including for Bang On A Can, the American Composers Orchestra, the Asphalt Orchestra, the Jack Quartet.
He was also successful with his own band Slow / Fast. Well then (s) a KEN THOMSON SEXTET .
"21st Century Third Stream" Ken Thomson calls his concept that actually often sounds like a classical chamber ensemble, but also includes sounds and melodies that fit into our century. Thomson, known for being able to switch from one genre to another within fractions of a second, can quickly bring the energy level from 0 to 100, knows how to blend stop-and-go passages into his pieces in the most astonishing ways for music full of high tension, intensity and exquisite goodness.
Now in its fifth year, Brooklyn Boundis a popular series of concerts at Sō’s working studio in the Navy Yard section of Brooklyn. Casual and intimate, the concerts feature us and emerging ensembles from our local scene. The groups are encouraged to try out new material, premiere new commissions, completely experiment, or just get another performance under their belt.
When Sō Percussion first started performing in New York City, there were many venues – Galapagos, The Stone, 285 Kent, The Tank – where artists could play for small groups and experiment. We’d try new music and get feedback from other artists and avid fans of our scene. In recent years these venues moved away or closed as rents skyrocketed. We want to keep some of that spirit alive in our own studio, both for ourselves and for younger artists who need to play those gigs as well.
Doors at 7:45pm
First come first served
$10 suggested donation
November 6, 2018 – Empyrean Atlas, Charmaine Lee, and Kaoru Watanabe
November 7, 2018 – Anna Meadors, Evan Chapman, and Go Placidly with Haste
Guided by a desire to create music in which composition and improvisation are equally important and codependent, this project is the latest in a series of recordings the composer has made unifying these traditions. Most clearly indicating Thomson’s creative road to Sextet are the two albums with his cross-genre ensemble Slow/Fast. The most recent of these, Settle, was praised by the New York Times for its “intricate long-form compositions,” and garnered a five-star review in All About Jazz.
For Sextet, The Bang on a Can All-Star reedist expands his ensemble to include alto and tenor saxophones (Thomson and Anna Webber), trumpet (Russ Johnson) and trombone (Alan Ferber), and dropped the chordal instrument, leaving bass (Adam Armstrong) and drums (Daniel Dor). With four horns, the palette is bigger, broader, and more dynamic.
Sextet is an homage to Thelonious Monk’s Monk’s Music LP, where Monk focuses on his originals but begins with a chorale from the church, “Abide with Me.” Here, Thomson takes a similar approach, drawing a parallel between his music and its influences – using a György Ligeti harpsichord passacaglia from 1978 as the opening statement, which he arranged for four wind instruments, as a prelude. The Ligeti provides a foundation for the album, with Thomson’s music fusing the intensity, complexity, and thematic cohesiveness of modern composition with the spontaneity and openness of jazz.
KLAIPĖDA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
JUHO LAITINEN (cello, Finland)
VYTAUTAS GIEDRAITIS (clarinet)
Conductor ARTŪRAS DAMBRAUSKAS
Phill Niblock. #9.7 (Number Nine point Seven)
Magnus Lindberg. Away
Julia Wolfe. Thirst
'People come and go, and the earth keeps on spinning... This is the theme of Again and again, in which the old master Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450/55-1521) and contemporary American composer David Lang (et al.) celebrate the cycle of life then and now: from beginning to end, from sorrow and punishment to love, reconciliation and resignation.An a capella programme full of reflection.
Obviously, there are huge differences between the music by Josquin des Prez and David Lang, but there is also a significant similarity that effortlessly bridges the gap of five centuries of history. In the works of either composer time, or rather the abolishment of time, is crucial. The awareness of being a whirling leaf in eternity blows throughout the works of either composer.
In the rich field of tension between improvisation and composition, the American saxophonist, clarinettist and composer Ken Thomson moves. With his own sextet, the New York race musician explores the cross-pollination between well-considered contemporary music and the spontaneity of jazz. Someone who fits perfectly in the November Music philosophy. As a regular saxophonist / clarinettist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Thomson knows the modern, post-minimalist repertoire inside and out. In addition, he will not let an opportunity pass by to showcase his love for the jazz classics. In the past Thomson played in bands like Gutbucket and Slow / Fast. In his varied, harmoniously daring jazz music you can hear influences that vary from Thelonious Monk to György Ligeti. Virtuoso jazz with a great emotional tension. This fall the debut CD of the sextet was released on New Focus Recordings.
Zenon Dance Company takes the stage this November in their Fall Season Performance to celebrate 36 years of groundbreaking dance performance.
Zenon will feature exciting new works by emerging New York choreographers Alex Springer & Xan Burley and Sam Kim, as well as a work by prominent Minnesota choreographer Wynn Fricke. In addition to the premieres, Zenon will perform signature repertory works by New York Choreographer Greg Dolbashian’s “Eternal Reveal” that showcases fierce intimacy and physicality, and Mariusz Olszewski’s “Pink Martini” – a scintillating tribute to the mambo, cha-cha, and salsa.
Please join us for this evening of innovative modern and jazz dance as we celebrate our accomplishments over 36 years.
Experience the self-destruction of an ancient civilisation and our planet engulfed by the vastness of the ocean in two massive audio-visual portrayals of a dark past – and still-avoidable future.
These two modern masterpieces share a single unignorable message. John Luther Adam’s Become Ocean imagines our planet succumbing to the rising sea in music of startling, bottomless beauty in what Alex Ross declared ‘may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history’. And Giacinto Scelsi’s Uaxuctum is equally ravishing in its own way; a vast orchestra creating a fierce, haunting atmosphere through sounds as strange as they are prophetic, building to a point of no return as the ancient Mayan city implodes.
London Contemporary Orchestra & Choir
Robert Ames (conductor)
Together with Claron McFadden and Harriet Krijgh, Amsterdam Sinfonietta brings new work by David Lang and Kate Moore. The originally South African Tim Persent dances a new choreography by Krisztina de Châtel on Andriessen's Dances.
A unique concert with the prominent New York ensemble Bang On A Can All-Stars, together with the seven members of FC Jongbloed and the musicians of TEMKO. In a program in which they enter the stage both together and individually.
First of all FC Jongbloed and TEMKO, they bring music from Kraftwerk, the group that inspired their electronic pop music, the techno and house scene. You will hear numbers from the first Kraftwerk 1 album . Then the three ensembles play together, with 16 musicians, the piece Slow Birthday by Louis Andriessen. The music of Andriessen has been strongly influenced by the minimalist music of composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich. The third part of the evening is only for Bang On A Can All-Stars. They play David Lang: sunray, Brian Eno: Music for Airports and Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark & Scary.
Bang On A Can All-Stars is a New York collective of 6 musicians. They are known for their dynamic live performances, of new, innovative music. Among their successful projects include recordings of Brian Eno's' ambient classic " Music for Airports and Terry Riley's In C . They also play a lot of work by Steve Reich and Philip Glass.