Carnegie Hall Presents

collected stories

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collected stories divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Join us for a post-concert discussion and a free drink each night.

collected stories: (post)folk

collected stories: hero

collected stories: love/loss

collected stories: memoir

collected stories: spirit

collected stories: travel

collected stories: (post)folk

Zankel Hall
Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 6 PM

Performers

Alarm Will Sound
Alan Pierson, Artistic Director and Conductor
Iarla Ó Lionáird, Voice
Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano
Kaki King, Guitar

Program

KAKI KING Other Education (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
DONNACHA DENNEHY Grá agus Bás
KATE MOORE The Art of Levitation (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
RICHARD AYRES No. 42 In the Alps (US Premiere)
Hailed as “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times), Alarm Will Sound and its fearless Artistic Director Alan Pierson uncover how composers utilize musical language to underscore factual and fictional history. The group performs Donnacha Dennehy’s Grá agus Bás, which weaves traditional Irish music into contemporary forms to address the ebb of ancient morphing into the present. The program also includes the US premiere of Richard Ayres No. 42 In the Alps, incorporating yodeling and other folk idioms to articulate the tale of a young plane crash survivor, portrayed by the haunting Jennifer Zetlan, as well as the world premieres of commissions by Australian composer Kate Moore and avant-garde virtuoso guitarist Kaki King.

Please note that soprano Kiera Duffy has withdrawn from this performance due to illness. Jennifer Zetlan has graciously agreed to perform in her place.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Donnacha Dennehy's Grá agus Bás


Crash Ensemble | Alan Pierson, Conductor | Iarla Ó Lionáird, Voice
Nonesuch

collected stories: hero

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 6 PM

Performers

Benjamin Bagby, Storyteller and Medieval Harp
Harry Partch Institute Ensemble

Program

BENJAMIN BAGBY Scenes from Beowulf
PARTCH The Wayward
·· "
Barstow"
·· "
San Francisco"
·· "
The Letter"
·· "
U.S. Highball"
This inventive program, curated by composer-in-residence David Lang, examines the use of music to prop up a heroic character or underscore an anti-hero. Vocalist, harpist, and scholar Benjamin Bagby performs scenes from his dramatic interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, followed by the Harry Partch Institute Ensemble's performance of The Wayward, Partch’s collection of musical compositions based on the spoken and written words of hobos riding trains, hitchhiking, and searching for nourishment during the Great Depression in the Western United States.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

collected stories: love/loss

Zankel Hall
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 6 PM

Performers

The Uncluded
·· Aesop Rock
·· Kimya Dawson
·· with James Lynch
Ensemble Signal
Brad Lubman, Conductor
Iarla Ó Lionáird, Voice
Sam Amidon, Banjo and Voice
Nadia Sirota, Viola
Nico Muhly, Electronics and Piano

Program

Program to include:TRADITIONAL "Cruel Sister"
JULIA WOLFE Cruel Sister
NICO MUHLY The Only Tune
Hailed as “one of the most vital groups of its kind” (The New York Times), the “new-music dream team” (Time Out New York) Signal explores the duality of love and lost love in narrative music making in a concert that also features The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Iarla Ó Lionáird, and Nadia Sirota. Curated by David Lang—this season's holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair—as part of his collected stories series, the program includes works by Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly that musically examine the emotional impact and intensity of intoxicating love, envy, betrayal, and devastating loss.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Julia Wolfe's Cruel Sister (Part II)


Ensemble Resonanz | Bradley Lubman, Conductor
Cantaloupe

collected stories: memoir

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 6 PM

Performers

Paul Lazar, Actor
Steven Schick, Percussion
Augustin Hadelich, Violin
David Lang, Director
Eric Southern, Lighting Designer

Program

CAGE Indeterminacy
CAGE 27'10.554" for a Percussionist
CAGE Fontana Mix
DAVID LANG mystery sonatas (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Holder of this season's Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, David Lang serves as director in this culmination of his collected stories series. The program pairs the world premiere of Lang’s mystery sonatas with John Cage’s massive percussion piece that explores the relationship between sound and silence, as well as Cage's Indeterminacy, a performance art piece where stories are recited from 90 randomly selected cue cards, each being read over the course of exactly one minute regardless of length.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

collected stories: spirit

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 6 PM

Performers

Huun-Huur-Tu
Julian Wachner, Conductor
Nicholas Phan, Tenor
Dashon Burton, Baritone
Renée Anne Louprette, Organ
ToniMarie Marchioni, Oboe
Shelley Monroe Huang, Bassoon
Emily Popham Gillins, Violin
Saeunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Cello
TENET
Jolle Greenleaf, Artistic Director

Program

Tuvan Throat SingingARVO PÄRT Passio
From the rugged terrain of Siberia to the grand cathedrals of Europe, this program examines how different cultures approach a sacred subject. The otherworldly throat singing group Huun-Huur-Tu creates overtones, hymns, and chants that defy conceived limitations of the human voice, while offering audiences a glimpse into the remote region. Their astonishing exploration of spiritualism is juxtaposed with Arvo Pärt’s meditative and mystic Passio, a contemporary setting of the gospel according to St. John.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Arvo Pärt's Passio


The Hilliard Ensemble
ECM

collected stories: travel

Zankel Hall
Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 6 PM

Performers

Louis Lortie, Piano

Program

LISZT Années de pèlerinage (complete)

Encore:LISZT "Isoldes Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner)
This musical diary is a travelogue of Liszt’s years of pilgrimage, summing up memories and visions inspired by his physical and psychic journey. It’s a work filled with some of the most stunning pieces in the Romantic piano repertoire, including Vallée d'Obermann, the “Dante” Sonata, Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este, and more. A complete performance of Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage is a rare event and demands extreme ranges of virtuosic fireworks and emotional commitment from the pianist. The dynamic Louis Lortie brings “brilliance and authority” (The New York Times) to this spellbinding masterwork.

Listen

Liszt's Années de pèlerinage (Troisième année, "Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este")


Louis Lortie, Piano
Chandos