Past Shows (view list of upcoming shows)
Maarten van Veen and Ralph van Raat, piano
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
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.
Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event. Led by Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music, this year’s concert includes William Boyce’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat; soloist Sidney Outlaw joins the choir for Robert Convery’s powerful setting of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a dream; and the choir performs make peace by David Lang and offers up the New York premiere of Wayne Oquin’s Alleluia. There is also music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, and special guests throughout the evening. And of course, the Cathedral Choir’s own Jamet Pittman leads the audience and invites them to join in with This little light of mine as we light candles to welcome the new year with hope, joy, and affirmation.
General admission seats are free and open to the public on the night of the show. Reserved seats are on sale now.
David Len's program "The little match girl passion" by
Sviatoslav Lunov "The Noel Consort"
"The little match girl passion" by the fairy tale of G.K. Andersen, texts by H.P. Powell (the first interpreter of the English tale in 1872), Pikander (the librettist of Passion for Matthew, JS Bach) and the Gospel of Matthew.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.