• Thursday, Mar 13, 2014

    Six-Concert Series Curated by Composer David Lang Explores Storytelling in Music April 22 to April 29 in Zankel Hall

    Series Features Wide Range of Music from Medieval Beowulf to Conceptual Cage
    Imaginative Sounds from Harry Partch, Travelogue Music by Franz Liszt,
    Irish Folk Music, and Tuvan Throat Singing,
    Plus Premieres by Kaki King, David Lang, and Kate Moore
    Image courtesy of Carnegie Hall

    Program Information
    Tuesday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    collected stories: hero

    Benjamin Bagby, Storyteller and Medieval Harp
    Harry Partch Institute Ensemble

    BENJAMIN BAGBY Scenes from Beowulf
    HARRY PARTCH The Wayward

    Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    collected stories: spirit

    Julian Wachner, Conductor
    Nicholas Phan, Tenor
    Dashon Burton, Baritone
    ToniMarie Marchioni, Oboe
    Shelley Monroe Huang, Bassoon
    Emily Popham Gillins, Violin
    Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Cello
    Jolle Greenleaf, Artistic Director

    Tuvan Throat Singing
    ARVO PÄRT Passio

    The Fast Forward series of concerts is sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP.

    Thursday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    collected stories: love/loss

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

    Program to include:
    TRADITIONAL The Two Sisters
    JULIA WOLFE Cruel Sister
    NICO MUHLY The Only Tune

    Saturday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    collected stories: travel

    Louis Lortie, Piano

    FRANZ LISZT Années de pèlerinage (complete)

    Sunday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    collected stories : (post)folk

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

    KAKI KING Other Education (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    KATE MOORE The Art of Levitation (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    RICHARD AYRES No. 42 In the Alps (US Premiere)

    Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Tuesday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    collected stories: memoir

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

    JOHN CAGE Indeterminacy
    JOHN CAGE 27'10.554" for a Percussionist
    DAVID LANG mystery sonatas (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

    Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    David Lang is the holder of the 2013–2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    From April 22 to April 29, David Lang, holder of Carnegie Hall’s 2013–2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, guides concertgoers through collected stories, a series in which six distinct themes are explored over six Zankel Hall performances, all at 6:00 p.m. and all curated by Mr. Lang. These multi-genre concerts—entitled hero, spirit, love/loss, travel, (post)folk, and memoir—showcase different modes of storytelling across a wide variety of music, from medieval Beowulf to conceptual John Cage, and include world premieres of new music by Lang, Kate Moore, and Kaki King, all commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

    In Lang’s own words, “The series divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Music from different cultures, times, environments, and sound worlds, plus some really exciting commissions, are placed next to each other, highlighting their narrative similarities and telling a larger kind of story about how we listen, experience sound and time, and use music to make sense of the world around us.”

    Works and artists featured as part of collected stories: Harry Partch’s The Wayward performed by Harry Partch Institute Ensemble; Arvo Pärt’s Passio featuring tenor Nicholas Phan, baritone Dashon Burton, and early music group TENET; music by Julia Wolfe and others performed by Ensemble Signal; Nico Muhly’s The Only Tune performed by the composer on electronics, vocalist and banjo player Sam Amidon, and violist Nadia Sirota; soprano Kiera Duffy in the US premiere of No. 42 In the Alps by Richard Ayres, plus Donnacha Dennehy’s Grá agus Bás by Alarm Will Sound; and John Cage’s Indeterminacy and 27’10.554” performed by actor Paul Lazar and percussionist Steven Schick. Other highlights include performances by storyteller and medieval harpist Benjamin Bagby, pianist Louis Lortie, alternative hip-hop duo The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu, Irish folk singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, and violinist Augustin Hadelich, who concludes the series performing the world premiere of Lang’s mystery sonatas.

    In addition to a meet-and-greet with David Lang and artists in the Zankel Hall lobby after each 6:00 p.m. performance, collected stories ticketholders will receive a complimentary drink at the bar in Zankel Hall. Stephen Starr Events will also have snacks available for purchase after each performance. Opened in September 2003, Zankel Hall—Carnegie Hall’s modern, underground performance space—celebrates its tenth anniversary this season with concerts that reflect the wide variety of music for which the venue has become known, including appearances by up-and-coming and established artists in the classical, jazz, world music, and pop genres.

    For more information on David Lang’s residency, including videos introducing each concert, please visit carnegiehall.org/lang.

    collected stories : hero
    (David Lang’s video introduction to hero.)

    On Tuesday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m., a two-part concert celebrates storytelling by highlighting two contrasting heroes: a fearless Scandinavian and a vagabond nonconformist. The former is portrayed by singer, storyteller, and medieval specialist Benjamin Bagby who presents selections from the 11th-century epic poem Beowulf, which tells the tale of one man’s quest to slay a ferocious beast. Accompanied by a six tone harp, Mr. Bagby “whispers, shouts, screams, sings, and cajoles tonality out of the Anglo-Saxon language,” as described by Lang. This story is paired Harry Partch’s “hobo chamber opera” The Wayward performed by the Harry Partch Institute Ensemble. The maverick composer invented a 43-tone scale and a host of unique found-object instruments on which to play the opera, which narrates episodes in the life of a hobo, based on the composer’s own experiences.

    collected stories : spirit
    (David Lang’s video introduction to spirit.)

    On Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m., the series continues with an exploration of spirituality from two distinct cultures. The first half of the program features Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu, who hail from a remote region of Central Asia near the Mongolian border. Employing unique vocal techniques, the ensemble creates overtones, hymns, and chants, which worship the natural environment. “The things that they’re singing about are infused with spirit,” says Lang. “Their singing takes a meditative slowness, allowing the listener to become interior enough to hear the relationship of the music to the spirit.” Lang has juxtaposed this performance with Arvo Pärt’s Passio, a haunting contemporary cantata that narrates the biblical story of the Passion—the final days of the life of Jesus—from the gospel of St. John, employing Latin text. Conducted by Julian Wachner, the performance features tenor Nicholas Phan and baritone Dashon Burton as vocal soloists as well as oboist ToniMarie Marchioni, bassoonist Shelley Monroe Huang, violinist Emily Popham Gillins, cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, and early music vocal ensemble TENET, led by artistic director Jolle Greenleaf.

    collected stories : love/loss
    (David Lang’s video introduction to love/loss.)

    On Thursday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m., the concept of love and loss is explored through a number of works, beginning with traditional folk ballad, The Two Sisters, a tale of siblings engaged in deadly competition for one man’s love, performed here by Irish folk singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. Then, two compositions—by phenom Nico Muhly and Lang’s Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe—explore the original tale’s narrative in new settings. With text inspired by the folk tale, Muhly’s The Only Tune will be performed by Sam Amidon on banjo and voice, Nadia Sirota on viola, and the composer himself on electronics, while Wolfe’s composition for strings, Cruel Sister, played by the innovative Ensemble Signal conducted by Brad Lubman, narrates the tale wordlessly. Also on the program is a performance by The Uncluded, an alternative hip-hop group, formed by rapper Aesop Rock and singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson.

    collected stories : travel
    (David Lang’s video introduction to travel.)

    On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., pianist Louis Lortie performs Franz Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage, a 180-minute work that features stunning displays of virtuosity and sublime moments of intimacy. Written over the course of Liszt’s lifetime, the works were inspired by the places he visited, and experiences he had while on the road. For this concert, Lang chose to treat travel as yet another kind of storytelling: ”The thing that is really exciting to me about travel stories is that they say that they are about location, they say that they are about moving someplace, but actually they’re about what happens to you when you move someplace. I actually think that Années de pèlerinage is not the pèlerinage, but the années. It’s not where you’re going, but it’s the years you have spent going there. As a young man, (Liszt’s) pieces are incredibly virtuosic, like the Dante Sonata, and as he gets older, the pieces get much more interesting and introspective, and much stranger.”

    collected stories : (post)folk
    (David Lang’s video introduction to (post)folk.)

    The (post)folk program on Sunday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. features both world and US premieres by Kaki King, Kate Moore, and Richard Ayres, plus a work by Donnacha Dennehy, all performed by contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound and guest soloists. “I wanted to put a whole concert together of pieces that were getting a lot of their power by referencing things from folk traditions; things we recognize as being part of a general folk culture.” says Lang. Singular guitar virtuoso Kaki King opens the concert with the world premiere of Other Education commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Following this piece is another world premiere Carnegie Hall commission, The Art of Levitation by Australian composer Kate Moore, whose visceral compositions have been inspired by her work with composer Louis Andriessen. The program also features the US premiere of Richard Ayres’s No. 42 In the Alps. In the piece, soprano Kiera Duffy portrays a young orphan girl raised by her environment in the Austrian mountains with music that features folk idioms such as yodeling, alphorns, and the sounds of sheep and cattle. Donnacha Dennehy’s Grá agus Bás merges traditional Irish music with contemporary forms and features Old Irish lyrics sung by Iarla Ó Lionáird.

    collected stories : memoir
    (David Lang’s video introduction to memoir.)

    On Tuesday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m., collected stories concludes with a two-part program celebrating stories from the past. First up are two seminal works by John Cage, Indeterminancy and 27’10.554” performed simultaneously, which will be followed by the world premiere of David Lang’s mystery sonatas, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Said Mr. Lang of his choice to feature the legendary composer, “he was so introspective about himself, and his forms, that a lot of his pieces are about how he came to think about things, or how he came to learn things.” One such example is the composer’s performance art piece, Indeterminacy, featuring stories from Cage’s life recited here by actor Paul Lazar, reading from randomly selected cue cards. Each is read over the course of exactly one minute, regardless of length. Simultaneously, percussionist Steven Schick will perform Cage’s 27'10.554", increasing the likelihood of chance collisions, as Cage had instructed. The second half of the program sees the world premiere of Lang’s mystery sonatas, a work for violin performed by Augustin Hadelich with lighting design by Eric Southern. Inspired by works of the same name by Baroque violin virtuoso Heinrich Biber, the piece explores the mystery of virtuosity, while harkening back to the past.

    About David Lang
    Musical America's 2013 Composer of the Year and Carnegie Hall's Debs Composer's Chair for 2013–2014, David Lang is one of America's most performed composers. Many of his works resemble each other only in the fierce intelligence and clarity of vision that inform their structures. His catalogue is extensive, and his opera, orchestra, chamber, and solo works are by turns ominous, ethereal, urgent, hypnotic, unsettling, and very emotionally direct. the little match girl passion, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for vocal ensemble Theater of Voices, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for music. Other recent works include love fail for the early music vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, with libretto and staging by Lang, performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, University of California Los Angeles, and the Next Wave Festival at BAM; reason to believe for Trio Mediaeval and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra; death speaks for Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Owen Pallett at Carnegie Hall; concerto (world to come) for cellist Maya Beiser and the Norrlands Operans Symhoniorkester; writing on water for the London Sinfonietta; and the difficulty of crossing a field for Kronos Quartet.

    Mr. Lang’s work has been performed by Santa Fe Opera, New York Philharmonic, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet, as well as at the Tanglewood Music Festival, BBC Proms, Munich Biennale, MITA SettembreMusica Festival, the Sidney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, as well as the Almeida, Holland, Berlin, and Strasbourg festivals. Mr. Lang’s work has been featured in theater productions in New York, San Francisco, and London; alongside the choreography of Twyla Tharp, La La La Human Steps, The Netherlands Dance Theater, and Paris Opera Ballet; and at Lincoln Center, the Southbank Centre, Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Centre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

    Mr. Lang is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, The Rome Prize, and the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), in addition to grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1999, he received a Bessie Award for his music in choreographer Susan Marshall's The Most Dangerous Room in the House, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. The Carbon Copy Building won the 2000 Village Voice OBIE Award for Best New American Work. The recording The Passing Measures on Cantaloupe Records was named one of the best CDs of 2001 by The New Yorker. His CD pierced on Naxos was praised both on the rock music site Pitchfork and in Gramophone. The recording of the little match girl passion released on Harmonia Mundi, received the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance. His film work includes music for La Grande Bellezza by Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino, and the score for Jonathan Parker's recent (Untitled), the award-winning documentary The Woodmans, and the string arrangements for the soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream, performed by the Kronos Quartet. Lang is Professor of Music Composition at the Yale School of Music, and co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music collective Bang on a Can.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced at $34 and $40, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.
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