Anything can happen (and it frequently does) when the sensational musicians of Decoda—alumni of the acclaimed Ensemble Connect—perform, whether it is works from the standard chamber-music repertoire or works written today. Their performances shatter traditional concert conventions—Decoda surprises and delights.
Encounter something new or reacquaint yourself with a classic in a whole new way, but certainly expect the unexpected. The daring young performers of Decoda—Ensemble Connect alumni—will keep you on your toes when they take the stage in a program where high spirits prevail. There’s the revelry of Lutosławski’s folk-flavored dances, the impish laughter of Strauss’s madcap trickster, a new work by ensemble member Brad Balliett with images by Will Storie that evoke merry pranks, and much more.
BRAHMS Scherzo from Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
LUTOSŁAWSKI Dance Preludes
R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders! (arr. Hasenöhrl)
VALERIE COLEMAN Revelry (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
GUILLAUME CONNESSON Techno-Parade
BRAHMS Rondo from Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
Stunning musicianship, daredevil programming, and some marvelous surprises are hallmarks of a Decoda performance—this concert has them all. In this eclectic program, hear the melodious splendor of Britten’s youthful Phantasy Quartet, the rambunctious energy of Prokofiev’s Quintet that depicts circus life, Wynton Marsalis’s new take on a classic tale, and David Bruce’s funky 21st-century revamped take on a Beethoven work.