At a Glance
Susanna Mälkki joins Ensemble ACJW to present an evening of contemporary chamber orchestra works that range from the iconic to the new. Arnold Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 was a seminal work in his career. Combining dissonant harmonies with constantly varied thematic development, the work is both the pinnacle of Schoenberg's early Romantic style and the harbinger of the composer's later break with tonality. Ensemble ACJW is joined by Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu to take on Jukka Tiensuu's Mora, written in 2012 for solo tenor and Baroque orchestra. A harpsichordist himself, Tiensuu's Modernist musical language maintains a constant dialogue with the past. George Benjamin's Three Inventions receive their New York premiere this evening. Though these three pieces contrast in character, they are united in their use of layered, atmospheric colors and shifting counterpoint. Closing the concert is John Adams's Chamber Symphony, a virtuosic romp that draws upon two unique inspirations: the acrobatic polyphony of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony and the frenetic activity of cartoon music.