Carnegie Hall, in partnership with the San Francisco Symphony, presents American Mavericks, a citywide celebration of the pioneering spirit of the individual composers who created a new American musical voice, March 14–30, 2012, providing audiences across New York City with the rare opportunity to experience live performances of music by a range of iconoclastic composers.
Providing added context for these events and concerts, Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum will display scores, sketches, photos, and other related items from five American Mavericks composers: Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Edgard Varèse, Harry Partch, and John Cage from March 26 to May 26. Carnegie Hall was the setting for many important premieres by each of the five featured artists. Among the displayed scores will be a holograph of Ives’ “Concord” Piano Sonata, a first edition of Varèse’s Amériques, an original set of piano preparations for John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes, plus a number of other works that visually represent the new direction taken by these groundbreaking musicians. Located on the second floor of Carnegie Hall, the Rose Museum is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., free to the general public .
The culmination of the two-week American Mavericks celebration will be four Carnegie Hall performances, March 27, 28, 29, and 30, by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony with eminent soloists and guest ensembles, featuring four New York premieres: John Adams’s Absolute Jest, Mason Bates’s Mass Transmission, Realm Variations by Meredith Monk, and Morton Subotnick’s Jacob’s Room: Monodrama (2012). The SFS performances will be preceded by “We Are All Going In Different Directions” —A John Cage Celebration led by So Percussion in Zankel Hall on Monday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., featuring contemporary leaders in electronic music Dan Deacon, Matmos, and Cenk Ergün, and violist Beth Meyers. Visit carnegiehall.org/Mavericks for details.
Additional partner programming across New York City celebrates the maverick spirit through visual art, dance, films, lectures, and performancesat Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement, Anthology Film Archives, Brooklyn Public Library, The Greene Space, The Kitchen, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, (Le) Poisson Rouge, The New York Public Library, Whitney Museum of American Art, and on WQXR/Q2 Music.
For three full weeks (March 8–30), Q2 Music—WQXR’s online contemporary music station—will present a wide range of special programming, from American Mavericks Neighborhood Concerts by Alarm Will Sound, Jennifer Koh, Lisa Moore, and the JACK Quartet recorded for on-demand listening, to composer profiles and treasures from the WQXR and WNYC archives—with a crowning live event, American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas, on March 26 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Tickets are available at thegreenespace.org, and Q2 Music audiences everywhere can tune into a live video webcast of the event at wqxr.org/q2music.
Students and other audience members are also invited to join the American Mavericks celebration via Carnegie Hall’s Facebook and Twitter pages through March 28, participating in virtual Break the Rules challenges designed to take them out of their comfort zone and into the minds of the maverick composers. Each Tuesday and Thursday, a new challenge will be offered that truly embodies the American Mavericks spirit. The final challenge will culminate at Carnegie Hall on March 27 and 28. Student tickets and subscriptions for American Mavericks concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage and Zankel Hall are available, starting at $10 per ticket. Visit carnegiehall.org/students or carnegiehall.org/breaktherules for details.
Additional American Mavericks multimedia content can be found at carnegiehall.org/mavericks and americanmavericks.org. Fans of American Mavericks are invited to join the celebration on Twitter using #AmMavs.
Carnegie hall American Mavericks programming
For a complete schedule of events throughout New York City, visit www.carnegiehall.org/mavericks.
Alarm Will Sound
Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m., Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement (466 Grand Street, Manhattan)
In this free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the acclaimed new music ensemble performs music by John Cage (Short Theatrical Works), Edgard Varèse (Poème électronique), Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano Study No. 2, arr. Gavin Chuck), and Elliott Sharp (Coriolis Effect), plus a world premiere by Charlie Wilmoth.
Jennifer Koh and Reiko Uchida
Sunday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m., Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn)
In the second free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert of the day, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Reiko Uchida offer a recital of music by Jennifer Higdon (String Poetic), John Adams (Road Movies), Missy Mazzoli (Dissolve, O my Heart), and Lou Harrison (Grand Duo).
Friday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m., LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Little Theatre (31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)
The founding pianist of the revolutionary Bang on a Can All-Stars performs a free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert with music by Philip Glass, Don Byron, Missy Mazzoli, Martin Bresnick, Henry Cowell, John Adams, Frederic Rzewski, and Jerome Kitzke.
JACK Quartet with special guest Steven Mackey
Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m., Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement (466 Grand Street, Manhattan)
In the final free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert, the acclaimed JACK Quartet takes us to the early 20th century, performing Charles Ives’s String Quartet No. 2 and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet, before heading into contemporary territory with Steven Mackey’s Physical Property, featuring the composer on electric guitar.
“We Are All Going in Different Directions” —A John Cage Celebration
Monday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall (Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, Manhattan)
Brooklyn-based ensemble So Percussion leads this celebration of the life and music of John Cage, born 100 years ago in Los Angeles. The program features works by Cage as well as compositions by So Percussion and leaders in electronic music, Dan Deacon (who has written a new percussion quintet for the concert), Matmos, and Cenk Ergün. Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of The Juilliard School, and members of So Percussion provide insight into the work of John Cage in a pre-concert discussion at 6:30 p.m.
San Francisco Symphony
Tuesday, March 27, 8:00 p.m., Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage (57th Street at Seventh Avenue, Manhattan)
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony begin their American Mavericks residency at Carnegie Hall with Amériques, the powerful ode to the adopted home of French-born composer Edgard Varèse and the New York premiere of John Adams’s Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra with guest ensemble, the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Also on the program are selections from John Cage’s Song Books to be performed by an amazing trio of soloists: Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman.
Wednesday, March 28, 8:00 p.m., Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage (57th Street at Seventh Avenue, Manhattan)
The San Francisco Symphony’s second American Mavericks concert at Carnegie Hall includes Carl Ruggles’s Sun-Treader and Henry Brant’s orchestration of Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata, inspired by New England’s transcendentalist movement. Renowned pianist Emanuel Ax joins in for a performance of Morton Feldman’s Piano and Orchestra.
American Mavericks with Members of the San Francisco Symphony Thursday, March 29, 8:30 p.m., Zankel Hall (Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, Manhattan)
Michael Tilson Thomas and members of the San Francisco Symphony move downstairs to Zankel Hall for the final two concerts, with MTT serving as conductor and host for a program of music by West Coast composers Lou Harrison, Mason Bates, and Harry Partch. The program begins with the New York premiere of Mass Transmission, a new work for organ, chorus, and electronica by composer/DJ Mason Bates, with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Bates and organist Paul Jacobs as soloists. Also featured is Daphne of the Dunes by Harry Partch performed by Newband and David Del Tredici’s Syzygy with soprano Kiera Duffy. Closing the program, Jacobs joins an unorthodox ensemble including plumbers’ pipes and oxygen-tank bells for Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion Orchestra.
American Mavericks with Members of the San Francisco Symphony
Friday, March 30, 8:30 p.m., Zankel Hall (Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, Manhattan)
The final American Mavericks program by the San Francisco Symphony reflects the range of music that defines the maverick spirit with two New York premieres: Realm Variations by Meredith Monk, known for stretching the limits of the human voice, and Morton Subotnick’s Jacob’s Room: Monodrama (2012)performed by vocalist Joan La Barbara and musicians of the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky. The program also includes Steve Reich’s pulsing, minimalist Music for Pieces of Wood and Echoi by experimental German-American composer Lukas Foss.
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