PIANIST AND COMPOSER BRAD MEHLDAU
CONTINUES SEASON-LONG COMPOSER'S CHAIR RESIDENCY
WITH THREE PERFORMANCES IN ZANKEL HALL
This January through March in Zankel Hall, celebrated jazz
pianist and composer Brad Mehldau resumes his season-long residency as
holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall with
three programs that range from classical repertoire to jazz and pop standards.
Over the course of three months, Mehldau presents three distinctive
performances including a solo piano recital of his own works, interspersed with
classical repertoire and pop and jazz transcriptions; a duo performance with
renowned mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter to include the New York
premiere of the newly expanded work Love Songs; and a program featuring
the world premiere of his new work, Rock 'n' Roll Dances No. 3 & 4—a
Carnegie Hall co-commission for two pianos, six winds, and voice—as well as
music by two up-and-coming composers who Mehldau is championing. Mehldau is the
first jazz artist to be appointed to the Debs Composer’s Chair since Carnegie
Hall established the position in 1995.
On Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. Mehldau performs a solo recital that
explores his musical personality—an improviser with a deep fascination for the
formal architecture of classical music. This program features Mehldau’s
original works for solo piano plus arrangements of popular works by Radiohead,
Jeff Buckley, and Richard Rodgers for which he is known, interspersed with a
selection of classical works by Bach, Brahms, and Fauré that have inspired him
over the years.
The following month, on Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m., Mehldau reunites
with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter for the New York
premiere of a newly expanded version of his song cycle Love Songs. Both
the original and expanded version of this work was commissioned by Carnegie
Hall, and the original’s premiere was held in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
in spring 2009. The expanded version of Love Songs comprises five poems
by early 20th-century American poet Sara Teasdale, as well as poems by e. e.
cummings and Philip Larkin. In addition to this newly expanded work, Mehldau
and von Otter will perform traditional lieder and standards by such composers
as Brahms, Fauré, Ferré, Sibelius, and Strauss as well as songwriters John
Lennon and Paul McCartney among others.
Finally, on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m., Mehldau concludes his residency with
a program entitled Piano Power featuring the world premiere of his new
work Rock 'n' Roll Dances No. 3 & 4—a Carnegie Hall co-commission
for two pianos, six winds, and voice. Also featured on the program are duo
piano selections from larger works by two young American composers—Patrick
Zimmerli and Timothy Andres. Zimmerli’s Modern Music consists of pieces
that make up the contemporary classical music canon—by Reich, Pärt, Glass,
Gorecki, Strauss, Ornette Coleman, and others—in new jazz arrangements that
incorporate an element of improvisation. Andres’s Shy and Mighty
(recorded and released by Nonesuch in 2010) comprises 10 interrelated duo piano
pieces in its entirety. Joining Mehldau for this final performance are
saxophonists Chris Potter, Greg Tardy, Joshua Redman, Chris
Cheek, Joris Roelofs, and Sam Sadigursky; pianists Timothy
Andres and Kevin Hays; and vocalist Becca Stevens.
Immediately prior to this performance, Mehldau, Andres, and Zimmerli will join
Carnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen for a
pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall.About the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall’s Composer’s Chair was inaugurated in 1995, inviting composer
appointees to collaborate with Carnegie Hall on creative aspects of the Hall’s
activities. In 1999, the position was renamed for trustee and chairman emeritus
Richard Debs and his wife, Barbara, in honor of their longstanding commitment
to Carnegie Hall and its artistic goals. Beginning in the 2007–2008 season, the
Debs Composer’s Chair was reconfigured as a one-year position. Previous holders
of the Carnegie Hall Composer’s Chair are Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1995–1999),
Pierre Boulez (1999–2003), John Adams (2003–2007), Thomas Adès (2007–2008),
Elliott Carter (2008–2009), and Louis Andriessen (2009–2010).Program Information
Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel Hall
BRAD MEHLDAU, Piano
JOHANNES BRAHMS Capriccio in F-sharp Minor, Op. 76, No. 1
BRAD MEHLDAU John Boy
JOHANNES BRAHMS Intermezzo in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4
JOHANNES BRAHMS Capriccio in C-sharp Minor, Op. 76, No. 5
BRAD MEHLDAU Capriccio
JOHANNES BRAHMS Capriccio in C Major, Op. 76, No. 8
BRAD MEHLDAU Trailer Park Ghost
JOHANNES BRAHMS Rhapsody in B Minor, Op. 79, No. 1
RADIOHEAD Exit Music (For a Film)
BRAD MEHLDAU Goodbye Storyteller
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Prelude in E-flat Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier,
Book I, BWV 852
JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "Martha My Dear"
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Prelude in C-sharp Major, The Well-Tempered Clavier,
Book I, BWV 852Improvisation inspired by Bach
GABRIEL FAURÉ Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 74
RICHARD RODGERS "My Favorite Things"
JEFF BUCKLEY "Dream Brother"
___________________________________Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel Hall
ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER, Mezzo-Soprano
BRAD MEHLDAU, Piano
An evening of vocal works from lieder to jazz standards, with songs by Brahms,
Fauré, Ferré, Lennon and McCartney, Sibelius, Strauss, and others, plus the New
York premiere of Mehldau’s expanded Love Songs (commissioned by Carnegie Hall).
This concert is made possible, in part, by The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia
___________________________________Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel Hall
BRAD MEHLDAU AND FRIENDS
Brad Mehldau, Piano
Timothy Andres, Piano
Kevin Hays, Piano
Chris Cheek, Tenor Saxophone and Baritone Saxophone
Chris Potter, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, and Flute
Joshua Redman, Tenor Saxophone and Soprano Saxophone
Joris Roelofs, Tenor Saxophone and Bass Clarinet
Sam Sadigursky, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet
Greg Tardy, Tenor Saxophone and Bass Clarinet
Becca Stevens, VocalsPIANO POWER
PATRICK ZIMMERLI Modern Music
PATRICK ZIMMERLI Generatrix
TIMOTHY ANDRES Selections from Shy and Mighty
The night jaunt
How can I live in your world of ideas?
Pavane (pour un compositeur défunt)
JEROME KERN "All the Things You Are"
KEVIN HAYS Elegia
BRAD MEHLDAU Rock 'n' Roll Dances No. 3 & 4 (World Premiere,
co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall with Brad Mehldau, Timothy
Andres and Patrick Zimmerli in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of
Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.
This concert is made possible, in part, by the A.L. and Jennie L. Luria
Foundation.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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