Posts Tagged ‘Carnegie Hall’

20
Jun

Arvo Pärt’s Sonic Journeys at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall LogoIn the 11th century Guido of Arezzo, music theorist and monk, created a scale. He called the first bass line “gamma” and the first note “ut,” place markers in a system designed to facilitate sight-singing. Merged together, “gamma + ut” marked the lowest note of the scale, the G on the lowest line of the bass staff. “Gamma + ut” eventually became “gamut,” and, like a water ripple traveling away from its source, the word subsequently came to refer first to Guido’s entire scale system, then more generally a series of notes or any scale, then the full range of notes an instrument is capable of producing, and finally, through the centuries, arrived at its broadest meaning: “the whole scale, range, or compass of a thing.” (OED) I had coincidentally read this etymology the morning of the recent Arvo Pärt concert at Carnegie Hall, and, struck anew by favorites such as Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and Te Deum, I found myself reconsidering his pieces in terms of slow, inexorable explorations of register, as almost metaphysical meditations on range.

Arvo Pärt - Photo by Peeter Langovits

Arvo Pärt – Photo by Peeter Langovits

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26
May

This week: concerts in New York (May 26 – June 1, 2014)

Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas

John Cage (Courtesy CalArts / Photo: Steven Gunther)

John Cage (Courtesy CalArts / Photo: Steven Gunther)

David Greilsammer, piano & prepared piano, performs music by Scarlatti and Cage.
Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$25
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Hauschka

Hauschka is the alias of German pianist composer Volker Bertelmann, who currently resides in Dusseldorf. Having studied classical piano for ten years, his work as Hauschka is based upon a playful exploration of the possibilities of the ‘prepared’ piano – a playfully disruptive intervention into the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument waiting for a gifted virtuoso to play on it.
Tuesday, May 27 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $20
Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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The Year of the Horse | Svjetlana Bukvich

Svjetlana Bukvich

Svjetlana Bukvich

The Year of the Horse electro-acoustic set by Bosnian-New Yorker Svjetlana Bukvich (minimoog, piano, voice) features four boundary-breaking compositions from EVOLUTION, her recent release on PARMA’s Big Round Records, and new work for vocals and electronics.
Tuesday, May 27 at 9 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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16
May

(post)folk: David Lang’s collected stories at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall LogoAs holder of the 2013-2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, David Lang has seen quite a productive season. The preeminent Pulitzer Prize winner credits Carnegie Hall for his having become a composer at all, citing an experience during grade school watching a film of Leonard Bernstein conduct one of his famous Young People’s Concerts during a rainy day recess. That concert, filmed in Carnegie Hall, inspired Lang on the spot to make a career of it. As this season’s resident composer, Lang has engaged in a wide breadth of artistic outreach and mentorship, culminating in the curation of six special concerts entitled collected stories and designed especially for Carnegie’s intimate, subterranean venue, Zankel Hall. The series, which focused on the way music is employed to tell different types of stories, isolated in each of its offerings some common, unifying thread derived from its concept. On Sunday, April 27, 2014, the fifth installment of collected stories, labeled “(post)folk,” showed how traditional source materials, such as folksongs or folktales, can inspire an unpredictable kaleidoscope of musical gestures and listening experiences. New York’s own celebrated ensemble Alarm Will Sound took the stage and presented a diverse program including two world premieres, by pop-jazz guitar virtuoso Kaki King and Australian composer Kate Moore respectively, each commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

David Lang

David Lang

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5
May

This week: concerts in New York (May 5 – May 11, 2014)

Spring For Music | New York Philharmonic

Composer Christopher Rouse (photo credit: christopherrouse.com)

Christopher Rouse

Launching the Spring for Music festival, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in the New York premiere of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Christopher Rouse’s Requiem, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria.
Monday, May 5 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $12.50-$25
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY
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Aeolus Quartet

The Aeolus Quartet, Juilliard’s graduate resident quartet, makes its NYC debut and performs quartets by Haydn and Ravel and American composer Christopher Theofanidis’ Ariel Ascending on the 21st annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital.
Monday, May 5 at 8 PM
Free
Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, New York, NY
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An Evening of Chamber Music with the FSU College of Music

What Is Noise is a new music ensemble based in Tallahassee, Florida, that is committed to the performance and proliferation of accessible contemporary music. With two composers in the ensemble, by programming works by other living composers, the ensemble reinforces that new music is created by and for the impact of the community and society as a whole. What Is Noise performs eclectic concerts of works that include all members of the ensemble, as well as pieces featuring solo players or smaller chamber groups. The group uses spoken program notes and multimedia clips between works to educate and connect directly with the audience.
Monday, May 5 at 8 PM
Tickets $10
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY
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Seattle Symphony Musicians

The night before the Seattle Symphony lights up Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall with the John Luther Adams piece Alex Ross touted as “the loveliest apocalypse in musical history,” Music Director Ludovic Morlot and six musicians head downtown to LPR for a late-night jam that connects John Cage’s prepared piano experiments in Seattle in the 30’s to the rise of grunge, airplanes, technology and environmentalism that define the city today. Contemporary music that expresses and explains a remarkable American city. Come find out how.
Monday, May 5 at 8 PM
Tickets $15-$30
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Spring For Music | Seattle Symphony

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams (photo credit: cantaloupemusic.com)

The Seattle Symphony performs the NY Premiere of John Luther Adams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece Become Ocean as well at music by Varese and Debussy.
Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $12.50-$25
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY
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21
Apr

This week: concerts in New York (April 21 – April 27, 2014)

The Business of Being a Composer Part 2 | MATA Festival

MATA Festival

MATA Festival

The legendary Ralph N. Jackson will host a workshop on the business of being a composer. The second of two such workshops during this year’s festival, this one will focus on how to present yourself and interact with existing classical music institutions. Guests will include BMI’s VP of Classical Music Deirdre Chadwick who will discuss licensing your music, and others.
Monday, April 21 at 11 AM
RSVP to info@matafestival.org
BMI, 7 World Trade Center, New York, NY
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Music in the Afternoon | MATA Festival

Two snare drummers 150 yards apart turn the High Line into a giant monochord; what you hear will depend on where you stand.
Monday, April 21 at 1:30 PM
Free
The High Line, Between 19th and 21st Street, New York, NY
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Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2014

The second program in Victoria Bond’s Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival features Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble in its New York debut. The April 21st performance includes the world premiere of Brouwer’s Inner Voices and the New York premiere of her Shattered Glass. Blue Streak also performs selections from Victoria Bond’s opera Clara (featuring soprano Sarah Beatty and baritone Branch Fields) and the world premiere of Oscar-winning composer Jonathan Tunick’s Trio.
Monday, April 21 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY
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Man Forever and So Percussion

So Percussion (photo credit: Janette Beckman)

So Percussion (photo credit: Janette Beckman)

Man Forever and So Percussion will perform their new collaborative album Ryonen in its entirety at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on April 21st to celebrate its release.
Monday, April 21 at 8 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $17 day of show
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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