CELEBRATEDPIANIST AND COMPOSER BRAD MEHLDAUCONTINUES SEASON-LONG COMPOSER'S CHAIR RESIDENCYWITH THREE PERFORMANCES IN ZANKEL HALL
This January through March in Zankel Hall, celebrated jazzpianist and composer Brad Mehldau resumes his season-long residency asholder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall withthree programs that range from classical repertoire to jazz and pop standards.Over the course of three months, Mehldau presents three distinctiveperformances including a solo piano recital of his own works, interspersed withclassical repertoire and pop and jazz transcriptions; a duo performance withrenowned mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter to include the New Yorkpremiere of the newly expanded work Love Songs; and a program featuringthe world premiere of his new work, Rock 'n' Roll Dances No. 3 & 4—aCarnegie Hall co-commission for two pianos, six winds, and voice—as well asmusic by two up-and-coming composers who Mehldau is championing. Mehldau is thefirst jazz artist to be appointed to the Debs Composer’s Chair since CarnegieHall established the position in 1995.On Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. Mehldau performs a solo recital thatexplores his musical personality—an improviser with a deep fascination for theformal architecture of classical music. This program features Mehldau’soriginal works for solo piano plus arrangements of popular works by Radiohead,Jeff Buckley, and Richard Rodgers for which he is known, interspersed with aselection of classical works by Bach, Brahms, and Fauré that have inspired himover the years.The following month, on Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m., Mehldau reuniteswith acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter for the New Yorkpremiere of a newly expanded version of his song cycle Love Songs. Boththe original and expanded version of this work was commissioned by CarnegieHall, and the original’s premiere was held in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stagein spring 2009. The expanded version of Love Songs comprises five poemsby 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, Mehldauand von Otter will perform traditional lieder and standards by such composersas Brahms, Fauré, Ferré, Sibelius, and Strauss as well as songwriters JohnLennon and Paul McCartney among others.Finally, on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m., Mehldau concludes his residency witha program entitled Piano Power featuring the world premiere of his newwork Rock 'n' Roll Dances No. 3 & 4—a Carnegie Hall co-commissionfor two pianos, six winds, and voice. Also featured on the program are duopiano selections from larger works by two young American composers—PatrickZimmerli and Timothy Andres. Zimmerli’s Modern Music consists of piecesthat make up the contemporary classical music canon—by Reich, Pärt, Glass,Gorecki, Strauss, Ornette Coleman, and others—in new jazz arrangements thatincorporate an element of improvisation. Andres’s Shy and Mighty(recorded and released by Nonesuch in 2010) comprises 10 interrelated duo pianopieces in its entirety. Joining Mehldau for this final performance aresaxophonists Chris Potter, Greg Tardy, Joshua Redman, ChrisCheek, Joris Roelofs, and Sam Sadigursky; pianists TimothyAndres and Kevin Hays; and vocalist Becca Stevens.Immediately prior to this performance, Mehldau, Andres, and Zimmerli will joinCarnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen for apre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall.About the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie HallCarnegie Hall’s Composer’s Chair was inaugurated in 1995, inviting composerappointees to collaborate with Carnegie Hall on creative aspects of the Hall’sactivities. In 1999, the position was renamed for trustee and chairman emeritusRichard Debs and his wife, Barbara, in honor of their longstanding commitmentto Carnegie Hall and its artistic goals. Beginning in the 2007–2008 season, theDebs Composer’s Chair was reconfigured as a one-year position. Previous holdersof 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 InformationWednesday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallBRAD MEHLDAU, PianoJOHANNES BRAHMS Capriccio in F-sharp Minor, Op. 76, No. 1BRAD MEHLDAU John BoyJOHANNES BRAHMS Intermezzo in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4JOHANNES BRAHMS Capriccio in C-sharp Minor, Op. 76, No. 5BRAD MEHLDAU CapriccioJOHANNES BRAHMS Capriccio in C Major, Op. 76, No. 8BRAD MEHLDAU Trailer Park GhostJOHANNES BRAHMS Rhapsody in B Minor, Op. 79, No. 1RADIOHEAD Exit Music (For a Film)BRAD MEHLDAU Goodbye StorytellerJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Prelude in E-flat Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier,Book I, BWV 852JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY "Martha My Dear"JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Prelude in C-sharp Major, The Well-Tempered Clavier,Book I, BWV 852Improvisation inspired by BachGABRIEL FAURÉ Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 74RICHARD RODGERS "My Favorite Things"JEFF BUCKLEY "Dream Brother"___________________________________Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallANNE SOFIE VON OTTER, Mezzo-SopranoBRAD MEHLDAU, PianoAn evening of vocal works from lieder to jazz standards, with songs by Brahms,Fauré, Ferré, Lennon and McCartney, Sibelius, Strauss, and others, plus the NewYork premiere of Mehldau’s expanded Love Songs (commissioned by Carnegie Hall).This concert is made possible, in part, by The Barbro Osher Pro SueciaFoundation.___________________________________Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallBRAD MEHLDAU AND FRIENDSBrad Mehldau, PianoTimothy Andres, PianoKevin Hays, PianoChris Cheek, Tenor Saxophone and Baritone SaxophoneChris Potter, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, and FluteJoshua Redman, Tenor Saxophone and Soprano SaxophoneJoris Roelofs, Tenor Saxophone and Bass ClarinetSam Sadigursky, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, and ClarinetGreg Tardy, Tenor Saxophone and Bass ClarinetBecca Stevens, VocalsPIANO POWERPATRICK ZIMMERLI Modern MusicPATRICK ZIMMERLI GeneratrixTIMOTHY 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 ElegiaBRAD 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, TimothyAndres and Patrick Zimmerli in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director ofArtistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.This concert is made possible, in part, by the A.L. and Jennie L. LuriaFoundation.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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