Carnegie Hall Presents

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Steve Reich, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Pierre Boulez are some of the visionary 20th- and 21st- century composers whose music will be performed by cutting-edge ensembles in this series. A new work and early classics by Reich are showcased by percussionists Colin Currie and Daniel Druckman, and pianists Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore; while the exhilarating American Composers Orchestra performs world premieres by young composers and a Meredith Monk classic. Theatre of Voices sing Stockhausen’s massive and mesmerizing Stimmung, and the compelling piano music of Boulez is performed by two pianists closely associated with the composer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich.

Colin Currie
Daniel Druckman
Simon Crawford-Phillips
Philip Moore

American Composers Orchestra

Theatre of Voices

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Tamara Stefanovich

Colin Currie
Daniel Druckman
Simon Crawford-Phillips
Philip Moore

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Colin Currie, Percussion
Daniel Druckman, Percussion
Simon Crawford-Phillips, Piano
Philip Moore, Piano
Sarah Brailey, Vocalist
Jamie Jordan, Vocalist
Viola Chan, Piccolo
Juilliard Percussion Ensemble

Program

ALL-STEVE REICH PROGRAM
Clapping Music
Quartet (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Drumming
“There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history, and Steve Reich is one of them,” wrote The Guardian. Two of Reich’s early works, Clapping Music and Drumming, are featured alongside the US premiere of Quartet. Clapping Music is a fascinating exploration of rhythm and syncopation, while the groundbreaking Drumming was conceived after the composer heard master drummers in Ghana.

Part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Steve Reich's Drumming: Part II


Steve Reich and Musicians
Nonesuch Records

American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground: Monk's Sphere

Zankel Hall
Friday, November 21, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Theo Bleckmann, Vocals
Ian Williams, Electronics
Members of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

Program

A.J. MCCAFFREY Motormouth (World Premiere)
IAN WILLIAMS Clear Image (World Premiere, orch. and real. Andrew McKenna Lee)
THEO BLECKMANN My Brightest Garment (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
LOREN LOIACONO Stalks, Hounds (NY Premiere)
MEREDITH MONK Night (orch. Allison Sniffin and Meredith Monk)
American Composers Orchestra concerts “are always fascinating … frequently exhilarating forays into recent music—or music that was written decades ago but is still fresh” (Newsday). The American Composers Orchestra, conducted by Music Director George Manahan, performs world premieres and a classic piece by Meredith Monk.

Part of My Time, My Music.

Theatre of Voices

Zankel Hall
Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Theatre of Voices
·· Else Torp
·· Louise Skovbæch
·· Randi Pontoppidan
·· Wolodymyr Smishkewych
·· Chris Watson
·· Jakob Bloch Jespersen

Program

STOCKHAUSEN Stimmung (Copenhagen version)
A performance of Stockhausen’s Stimmung is always an event. This massive and mesmerizing work for six voices reflects the composer’s interest in foreign cultures and showcases his experimental new way of thinking about the compositional process. Stockhausen asked singers to recite and chant with altered voices as they sing texts comprising names of gods and goddesses along with erotic poems he wrote to his wife.

Listen

Stockhausen's Stimmung: Model 49


Theatre Of Voices | Paul Hillier, Conductor
Harmonia Mundi

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Tamara Stefanovich

Zankel Hall
Monday, March 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano
Tamara Stefanovich, Piano

Program

ALL-PIERRE BOULEZ PROGRAM
Douze notations
Piano Sonata No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 3
·· Constellation-Miroir
·· Trope
Incises
une page d’éphéméride
Structures, livre II
Pierre Boulez’s piano music is compelling and notoriously difficult to perform. Pierre-Laurent Aimard enjoys a long relationship with Boulez and made history when, at age 19, he was appointed pianist of the composer’s Ensemble intercontemporain. The Guardian has praised Tamara Stefanovich for her “ability to find identity and meaning in each note, rolling it around and exploring its purpose, often at frenetic speed, as Boulez intended.”

Part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Boulez's Piano Sonata No. 1: I. Lent


Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano
Erato