• Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair: Meredith Monk

  • Meredith Monk is an artistic visionary, celebrating her 50th season of creating and performing work in New York City. She invented a new style with her vocal innovations, and her fusion of sound and movement is as daring now as it was when she made her professional debut in 1964. Ms. Monk’s reach extends beyond the world of classical composition, influencing numerous musicians such as Björk, John Zorn, DJ Spooky, and others.

    Meredith Monk holds the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. During her residency, performances of her piano, chamber, orchestral, and vocal works feature her unusual and fascinating use of voices and instruments to create music that is both mysterious and expressive. She performs with her own Vocal Ensemble and is also joined by various guest artists. The residency extends beyond Carnegie Hall to (Le) Poisson Rouge, where Bruce Brubaker and Ursula Oppens perform a program of Monk’s works for one and two pianos.

  • Meredith Monk composer-in-residence concerts are available as part of these subscription series.

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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.
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    Ensemble ACJW
    With virtuosity, exuberance, and intelligence, the young musicians of Ensemble ACJW display a musical maturity that belies their age. Savvy programmers too, Ensemble ACJW performs classics by Beethoven, Schumann, Ravel, Stravinsky, a new work by Meredith Monk, and much more on this revelatory series.
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    Great American Orchestras I
    The artistic brilliance of these four American orchestras makes this series essential for lovers of great orchestral music. The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas spotlight the visceral excitement of music by Prokofiev and Ravel, while Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in sumptuous works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Scriabin. The St. Louis Symphony, led by David Robertson, performs favorites by Debussy and Tchaikovsky, and also the New York premiere a work by Meredith Monk. The Boston Symphony and new Music Director Andris Nelsons make their mark in Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 6.
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    Off the Beaten Track
    The spirit of invention drives the artists appearing in this series. Taking risks and pushing the creative envelope, these are artists who always command our attention. Young Stars: Traditional Cape Malay Singers and the David Kramer Band perform fascinating folk music from the Cape region of South Africa, and the American Composers Orchestra perform The Seven Deadly Sins—Weill's "ballet in song"—with soprano Shara Worden. The ever-mesmerizing Meredith Monk and her musical friends perform selections from her opera ATLAS and new arrangements of existing works, while L'Arpeggiata performs arias and dances from 17th-century Italy.
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    The indelible signature styles of great artists make this eclectic series a marvelous adventure. The series marks the return to Zankel Hall by Abdullah Ibrahim, the greatest exponent of Cape jazz. There's the remarkable Kronos Quartet in a program that includes the New York premieres of works by Derek Charke and Aleksandra Vrebalov. L'Arpeggiata puts its unique interpretive signature on music of Purcell. There's also the 50th-anniversary concert by the Meredith Monk ensemble in honor of Monk's groundbreaking career.
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