Performance Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 7:30 PM

The Classical Style

Zankel Hall
Jeremy Denk, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, is pianist and librettist in this concert that features the eagerly awaited New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Steven Stucky’s opera The Classical Style. Inspired by Charles Rosen’s famous musicological work of the same name, Stucky and Denk have created an opera buffa where chords are characters sharing the stage with Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and, as Denk describes, “several unnecessary characters.” With absurd humor and great music, The Classical Style is sure to surprise and delight.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Jeremy Denk, Piano
  • The Knights
  • Robert Spano, Conductor
  • Mary Birnbaum, Director
  • Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano
  • Rachel Calloway, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Peabody Southwell, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Dominic Armstrong, Tenor
  • Keith Jameson, Tenor
  • Kim Josephson, Baritone
  • Aubrey Allicock, Bass-Baritone
  • Ashraf Sewailam, Bass-Baritone


  • MOZART Fantasia and Sonata in C Minor, K. 475/457
  • STEVEN STUCKY / JEREMY DENK The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts) (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


Pianist Jeremy Denk discusses his libretto for The Classical Style.
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions III.

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