Carnegie Hall Presents

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Straight from Finland, the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra showcases two works by Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair Kaija Saariaho on this series that’s chock full of the music by today’s best composers from all over the world.
November 5, 2011
Bang on a Can All-Stars
November 30, 2011
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
February 28, 2012
Kronos Quartet
March 30, 2012
American Mavericks
with Members of the San Francisco Symphony

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Zankel Hall
Saturday, November 5, 2011 | 9 PM


Bang on a Can All-Stars
·· Ashley Bathgate, cello
·· Robert Black, Bass
·· Vicky Chow, Piano
·· David Cossin, Percussion
·· Derek Johnson, Electric Guitar
·· Evan Ziporyn, Clarinets and Alto Saxophone


DAVID LANG sunray (NY Premiere)
LOUIS ANDRIESSEN Life (with film by Marijke van Warmerdam) (NY Premiere)
DAVID LONGSTRETH Instructional Video, Matt Damon, Breakfast at J&M
K. MOORE Ridgeway
Bang on a Can started out in 1987 as a group of free-wheeling composers dedicated to adding a fresh voice to contemporary music. Since then, they’ve started their own summer festival, record label, and their own performing All-Stars group. In March 2010, Bang on a Can All-Stars debuted Louis Andriessen’s multimedia work Life in Milan, and on this concert they give what the composer calls “a kind of contemporary Pictures at an Exhibition” its New York premiere.


David Longstreth's Instructional Video 

Bang On A Can
Big Beautiful Dark and Scary
Andriessen Hout

Bang on a Can All-Stars 

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 7:30 PM


Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, Conductor
Elizabeth Futral, Soprano
Heikki Nikula, Bass Clarinet
Avanti! Quartet
·· Anna-Leena Haikola, Violin
·· Eriikka Maalismaa, Violin
·· Tuula Riisalo, Viola
·· Mikko Ivars, Cello


KAIJA SAARIAHO Emilie Suite (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Kaija Saariaho in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

The Avanti! Chamber Orchestra travels from its hometown of Helsinki to New York City, beginning its two-night stay at Carnegie Hall with a focus on Finnish composers. This exemplary group sheds a particularly bright spotlight on Carnegie Hall’s composer-in-residence Kaija Saariaho with her 1987 work Nymphéa and the world premiere of a suite from Emilie, her most recent opera.


Kaija Saariaho Amers (Libero, dolce, misterioso)

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen,Conductor; Anssi Karttunen, Cello

Kronos Quartet

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 7:30 PM


Kronos Quartet
·· David Harrington, Violin
·· John Sherba, Violin
·· Hank Dutt, Viola
·· Jeffrey Zeigler, Cello
Joan Jeanrenaud, Cello


DONNACHA DENNEHY One Hundred Goodbyes (Céad Slán) (NY Premiere)
VLADIMIR MARTYNOV Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished) (NY Premiere)
PHILIP GLASS Movement III from String Quartet No. 5
NICOLE LIZÉE Death to Komische (NY Premiere)
MICHAEL HEARST Secret Word (World Premiere)
Even after 30 years, Kronos Quartet continues to electrify us with energetic performances of fascinating new music; a breathtaking success, it’s no wonder that Rolling Stone calls the group “classical music’s Fab Four.” On an evening that features two New York premieres and two world premieres of music by composers from around the world, Kronos Quartet is joined by its original cellist, Joan Jeanrenaud.

American Mavericks
with Members of the San Francisco Symphony

Zankel Hall
Friday, March 30, 2012 | 8:30 PM


Michael Tilson Thomas, Host
Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Vocalists
Joan La Barbara, Vocalist
Jeremy Denk, Piano
Jesse Stiles, Electronics
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor


STEVE REICH Music for Pieces of Wood
MEREDITH MONK Realm Variations (NY Premiere)
FOSS Echoi
MORTON SUBOTNICK Jacob’s Room: Monodrama (NY Premiere)
American Mavericks concludes with a concert that reflects the range of music that defines the maverick spirit: The human voice stretched to its limit by Meredith Monk; electronic theater music by Morton Subotnik; pulsing music by Steve Reich; and Lukas Foss’s experimentalism grounded in the European tradition.


Morton Subotnick And The Butterflies Begin to Sing, Part IV "Images Will Descend to the Ground: Truth will remain simple, and gigantic wheels will ride the bitter waves"

Amernet String Quartet; Kyoko Kashiwagi, Violin; Marcia Littley De Arias, Violin; Bleda Elibal, Double Bass; Javier Arias-Flores, Cello; Malcolm Johnston, Viola
New World Records