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Radically Playful
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Decoda by Caroline Bittencourt
Wit, whimsy, and some remarkable musicianship make this eclectic program by Decoda—alumni of Ensemble Connect—a standout. Missy Mazzoli’s pulsing energy, William Bolcolm’s ragtime syncopations, and Steven Mackey’s reinvention of the standard ensemble set the table for music by Rameau and Martinů. The latter’s jazz-inflected score about the lives of kitchen utensils uses tango, 1920s Charleston, and other popular tunes to create a dizzying and delightful confection.

Part of: Decoda




MISSY MAZZOLI Ecstatic Science

WILLIAM BOLCOM Incineratorag (arr. Anna Elashvili)

WILLIAM BOLCOM Graceful Ghost Rag (arr. Nathan D. Schram)

WILLIAM BOLCOM The Poltergeist (Rag Fantasy) (arr. Hamilton Berry)

STEVEN MACKEY Indigenous Instruments

BRAD BALLIETT Ice Princess (Suite from an Imaginary Ballet) (after Rameau)

MARTINŮ La revue de cuisine

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Salon Encores

Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

From folk music originating in an imagined culture to a kitchen romance, in this “radically playful” program Decoda features an eclectic mix of composers and new arrangements of Bolcom’s rags alongside a suite from an imaginary ballet inspired by Rameau.

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