horizons are broadened and the artistry is high when a vast range of repertoire
is explored in Zankel Hall. Seventeenth-century Italian arias and folk music,
an iconic American composer’s homage to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and more
An improvised double bass solo with a riff on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” a rousing encore of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and an impassioned Purcell song are some of the delights L’Arpeggiata brings to every performance. It is also one of the finest early-music ensembles currently performing. For this program, the artists focus on the glorious vocal music of such 17th-cenutry composers as Cavalli, Cesti, and Monteverdi, while also sampling robust Italian folk music.
L'Arpeggiata Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo Céline Scheen, Soprano Giuseppina Bridelli, Mezzo-Soprano Vincenzo Capezzuto, Alto
MONTEVERDI Toccata from Orfeo
STROZZI "Che si può fare"
TRAD. "Ninna, Nanna Sopra la Romanesca"
TRAD. "Pizzica di San Vito"
PURCELL "Music for a while" from Oedipus, King of Thebes
PURCELL "'Twas within a furlong of Edinborough Town" from The Mock Marriage
MONTEVERDI "Amore, dicea" from Lamento della ninfa
ANTICO "Silenzio d’amuri"
MONTEVERDI "Pur ti miro" from L'incoronazione di Poppea
PURCELL "Strike the viol, touch the lute" from Come, ye sons of art away
CESTI "Disserratevi abissi" from L’Argia
PLAZA "El curruchá"
PURCELL "When I am laid" from Dido and Aeneas
CAVALLI "Ninfa bella" from Calisto
TRAD. "La llorona"
CAVALLI "Dell’antro magico" from Giasone
PURCELL "Man is for the woman made" from The Mock Marriage
HANDEL "O sleep, why dost thou leave me?" from Semele, HWV 65
The American Composers Orchestra celebrates its 40th anniversary with two new works and a classic. Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons,” features Tim Fain as soloist. It is paired with works by two composers whom Glass has mentored and inspired: Pauchi Sasaki and Bryce Dessner. Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski is the creative fruit of his study of Lutosławski’s string orchestra piece Musique funèbre. Sasaki’s GAMA XVI features the composer as electronics soloist, wearing and performing an original speaker-dress made from 100 speakers.
American Composers Orchestra George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor Tim Fain, Violin Pauchi Sasaki, Electronics and Speaker-Dress
PAUCHI SASAKI GAMA XVI for Orchestra and Electronics (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BRYCE DESSNER Réponse Lutosławski (NY Premiere)
PHILIP GLASS Violin Concerto No. 2, "The American Four Seasons"
Performance includes a discussion with Philip Glass and Pauchi Sasaki, moderated by Edward Yim, President & CEO, American Composers Orchestra.
Kronos Quartet pays homage to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and other iconic voices of the 1960s alongside world premieres of two works commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Zachary J. Watkins’s Peace Be Till is inspired by the moment just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, while Stacy Garrop’s Glorious Mahalia is rooted in the words and spirit of oral historian and activist Studs Terkel.
Kronos Quartet ·· David Harrington, Violin ·· John Sherba, Violin ·· Hank Dutt, Viola ·· Sunny Yang, Cello
STEVE REICH Pendulum Music
SMITH "The Star-Spangled Banner" (arr. Stephen Prutsman and Kronos Quartet)
TRAD. "The House of the Rising Sun" (arr. Jacob Garchik)
STACY GARROP Glorious Mahalia (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
KEN BENSHOOF Odds and Ends
GERSHWIN "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess (arr. Jacob Garchik)
ZACHARY J. WATKINS Peace Be Till (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
György Ligeti’s life was filled with drama. He escaped Nazi extermination in a Jewish labor camp and eventually fled totalitarian oppression at the hands of the liberating Soviets in Hungary. His music’s dense melodic webs and conflicting rhythms—along with a host of other experimental sounds, shapes, and forms—embody the dreams, fantasies, and nightmares of a life lived on the edge. Alarm Will Sound tells Ligeti’s incredible story through a blend of music and recorded sounds in a concert that resembles a live podcast.
Alarm Will Sound Alan Pierson, Artistic Director, Conductor, and Co-Host Nadia Sirota, Viola and Co-Host John Orfe, Piano Steven Beck, Harpsichord