Carnegie Hall Presents

The Americans

Charles Ives to Philip Glass
Two composers who are decidedly different, yet equally groundbreaking. Celebrate Philip Glass’s 75th birthday with the US premiere of a new symphony, and join the San Francisco Symphony for an orchestral version of Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata.
 

American Composers Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony

American Composers Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor Laureate
Maki Namekawa, Piano

Program

PÄRT Lamentate (NY Premiere)
PHILIP GLASS Symphony No. 9 (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Bruckner Orchester Linz)
It really is his birthday! Philip Glass was born on January 31—75 years ago—and the American Composers Orchestra commemorates the occasion with the US premiere of his newest symphony. It’s a genre that Glass has been focusing on since 1992, when he completed his “Low” Symphony based on the 1977 David Bowie album.

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Philip Glass Heroes


American Composers Orchestra; Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor 
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San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
St. Lawrence String Quartet
·· Geoff Nuttall, Violin
·· Scott St. John, Violin
·· Lesley Robertson, Viola
·· Christopher Costanza, Cello
Joan La Barbara, Vocalist
Meredith Monk, Vocalist
Jessye Norman, Soprano
Jesse Stiles, Electronics
Yuval Sharon, Stage Director

Program

CAGE Song Books
COWELL Synchrony
JOHN ADAMS Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the San Francisco Symphony, with support from the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Works of Music.)
VARÈSE Amériques
The San Francisco Symphony begins its American Mavericks residency at Carnegie Hall with a spectacular, ground-shaking ode to our country from the 1920s by a Frenchman who found creative sustenance right here in the Big Apple and the New York premiere of John Adams’s Absolute Jest.

Also on the program is music from John Cage’s enigmatic Song Books with Jessye Norman, Meredith Monk, and Joan La Barbara. Imagine video screens pulsing with images that reinforce action. Envision three houses with cut-away walls, revealing the three divas. They explore three Cage worlds: one of theater, one populated by avant-garde French composer Erik Satie and Dada icon Marcel Duchamp, and another of Cage's idol Henry David Thoreau. The action is directed by Yuval Sharon, who has staged productions with New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, and many other companies. But no two performances are the same, for the singers act on the moment’s inspiration, guided by Cage’s prompts. “Leave the stage by going up (flying) or by going down through a trap door,” Cage directs in one number. “Return in the same way wearing an animal’s head.” “Breathe as though you had lost your voice.” Prepare for fractured settings from Thoreau: “Wasps are building summer squashes, saw a fish hawk, when I hear this both bushes and trees are thinly leaved.”

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Varèse's Amériques


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Emanuel Ax, Piano

Program

RUGGLES Sun-treader
FELDMAN Piano and Orchestra
IVES A Concord Symphony (orch. Brant)
On its second concert at Carnegie Hall as part of American Mavericks, the San Francisco Symphony presents Carl Ruggles’s Sun-Treader, whose title comes from a Robert Browning poem, and an orchestration of Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata, inspired by New England’s transcendentalists. Ruggedly nonconformist, these works are matched with the no-less-individualistic music of iconoclast Morton Feldman.

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Ruggles Sun-Treader


Boston Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor 
Deutsche Grammophon