• Monday, Dec 20, 2010

    Pianist/Composer Brad Mehldau Continues Composers Chair Residency with Three Concerts in Zankel Hall

     

    CELEBRATED 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 852
    Improvisation inspired by Bach
    GABRIEL FAURÉ Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 74
    RICHARD RODGERS "My Favorite Things"
    JEFF BUCKLEY "Dream Brother"
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    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 Foundation.
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    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, Vocals

    PIANO 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. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $46 and $54, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.

     

     

     

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