50 Years of S.E.M. Ensemble in NY on April 1

Source: S.E.M. Ensemble.

April 1, 2020 @ 8 PM
Bohemian National Hall, NYC
321 East 73rd Street, NYC

Miya Masaoka
The River Is Dark and Deep, Swim Across With Me (2020, world premiere)

Robert Ashley
The Mystery of the River (2014)
Excerpt from the opera Atalanta (Acts of God) (1991)

Christian Wolff
Small Piece for Orchestra (2019, American premiere)

Julius Eastman
Joy Boy (1972)

Petr Kotik
Wednesdays at RW on Spring Street (2019-20, American premiere)

With Hana Kotkova, Violin (Lugano); Thomas Buckner, Voice;
Tom Hamilton, Electronics; Petr Kotik, Conductor

The S.E.M. Ensemble will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a concert of premieres and other works displaying the breadth of compositional practices that the ensemble has championed over the years. In April 1970, co-founding members Julius Eastman, Petr Kotik, Roberto Laneri and Jan Williams – all part of The Center of the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Buffalo, NY – convened at the Domus Theater (Buffalo) to perform works by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Rudolf Komorous and others. The program was so radical for the time that out of an initial audience of 100, only 17 remained until the end. Far from being discouraged, the ensemble followed this performance with a European tour and more U.S. performances, steadily growing into one of the most important American ensembles dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music.