Upcoming New Music Shows at the Library of Congress

George Crumb

From the Library of Congress:

Thursday, APRIL 28, 2011 at 8:00pm

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
“a jewel in this nation’s musical crown”
David Finkel and Wu Han, artistic directors
with Thomas Hampson, baritone and Andrés Díaz, cello
Gil Kalish, piano / Daniel Druckman, Haruka Fujii, Ayano Kataoka,
and Jeffrey Milarsky, percussion

An extraordinary program featuring George Crumb’s song cycle fusing elements of cowboy and African American songs with music of Debussy and Ives; and Tan Dun‘s powerful score, commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

CRUMB: Selections from American Songbooks for voice, amplified piano, and percussion
TAN DUN: Elegy: Snow in June for cello and percussion
6:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Conversation with George Crumb and David Starobin, Bridge Records

Friday, MAY 6, 2011 at 8:00pm

Colin Jacobsen, violin “electrifying vitality”
Bruce Levingston, piano “transcendent virtuosity”
Two leading exponents of contemporary American music give the world premiere of works by Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Sebastian Currier, David Bruce, and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky.
JANÁ?EK: Sonata for violin and piano
BIBER: Passacaglia
BRUCE: Passacaglia (World premiere)
CURRIER: Xenakis Remix (Libary of Congress McKim co-commission)
DVO?ÁK: Four Romantic Pieces
YANOV-YANOVSKY: Passacaglia (World premiere)
BOLCOM: New York Lights
PIAZZOLLA: The Grand Tango
6:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Sebastian Currier talks about his new work and his career.

Saturday, MAY 14, 2011 at 8:00pm – On LOCation

Two Composer-Chamber Collectives
Music for the Twenty-first Century
Part of On LOCation at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

NOW Ensemble “engaging, witty, youthful”
A unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with a blend of musical influences that reflect the diverse backgrounds and interests of its members, including three composers.

Victoire “fresh and adventurous . . . minimalist post-rock bliss”
Founded by composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli—one of the hottest voices in the indie classical movement— the new all-star, all-female chamber?rock quintet of winds, strings, keyboards, and lo?fi electronics, performs Mazzoli’s “distinct blend of dreamy post rock, quirky minimalism, and rich romanticism.”

6:15 pm – Atlas Performing Arts Center (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Conversation with composers Judd Greenstein and Missy Mazzoli

Friday, MAY 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

eighth blackbird “brainy, hip, fearsomely talented”
This vibrant and enormously influential ensemble has uncompromisingly kept new music “alive, kicking, and approachable.”

MAZZOLI: Still Life with Avalanche
HUREL: à mesure
HARTKE: NETSUKE (2010) – Six Miniatures for Violin and Piano (World premiere – McKim commission)
GLASS: Music in Similar Motion
ADÈS: Catch for clarinet, piano, violin & cello, op. 4
HARTKE: Meanwhile
6:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Stephen Hartke talks about his new piece.

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