Monday Evening Concerts – American Originals

Monday Evening Concerts features American Originals on January 12.

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School

American Originals
Morton Feldman The Viola in My Life II
Alvin Curran Schtyx L.A. premiere
Frederic Rzewski 96 L.A. premiere
Frederic Rzewski Pocket Symphony L.A. premiere

Donald Crockett, conductor
Vicki Ray, piano
David Johnson, percussion
Movses Pogossian, violin
Sarah Thornblade, violin
Kazi Pitelka, viola
Roger Lebow, cello
Phil O’Connor, clarinet
Gary Woodward, flute

“Schtyx are charts, bones, professions, shades, numbers, glues, hypes, acts, devils, organgrindings, wood implements, jugglers, chance operations, performance art, the Yiddish underground,” writes composer Alvin Curran. His wonderfully irreverent and lyrical music blends an array of compositional practices into a singular musical language. Two recent chamber works by Curran’s longtime friend Frederic Rzewski—a 4-minute canon dedicated to Elliott Carter, and the witty and improvisatory Pocket Symphony—share the program with Feldman’s hypnotic The Viola in My Life II.

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