Carnegie Hall Presents

Fast Forward

This forward-thinking series features works by significant creators of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Bryce Dessner, David Lang, and Arvo Pärt, among others.Their music has also spawned a new breed of musical interpreters—So Percussion, Susanna Mälkki, and Carnegie Hall’s own Ensemble ACJW among them—that continue to strike out in new directions and captivate audiences during their electrifying performances of what is new, now, and next.
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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.

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November 23, 2013
So Percussion
April 23, 2014
collected stories: spirit
May 10, 2014
Ensemble ACJW

So Percussion

American Patterns

Zankel Hall
Saturday, November 23, 2013 | 9 PM


So Percussion
·· Eric Beach
·· Josh Quillen
·· Adam Sliwinski
·· Jason Treuting
Bryce Dessner, Guitar
·· Drew Daniel, Electronics
·· M.C. Schmidt, Electronics


BRYCE DESSNER Music for Wood and Strings (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
MATMOS so-called remix (World Premiere)
SO PERCUSSION/MATMOS Carnegie Double Music (World Premiere)
DAVID LANG the so-called laws of nature
Of their last appearance at Carnegie Hall, The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross proclaimed that it was "one of the more entertaining and fulfilling evenings I've had in recent years ... I would have happily seen it five more times." For more than a decade, So Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. The group brings its adventurous spirit and “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor, and bedlam” (The New Yorker) to a program that includes a major work they commissioned from David Lang, as well as the world premiere of a new work by composer-guitarist Bryce Dessner.

This concert is part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall and My Time, My Music.

collected stories: spirit

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 6 PM


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


Tuvan Throat Singing
From the rugged terrain of Siberia to the grand cathedrals of Europe, this program examines how different cultures approach a sacred subject. The otherworldly throat singing group Huun-Huur-Tu creates overtones, hymns, and chants that defy conceived limitations of the human voice, while offering audiences a glimpse into the remote region. Their astonishing exploration of spiritualism is juxtaposed with Arvo Pärt’s meditative and mystic Passio, a contemporary setting of the gospel according to St. John.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.


Arvo Pärt's Passio

The Hilliard Ensemble

Ensemble ACJW

The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education

Zankel Hall
Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 8 PM


Ensemble ACJW
Susanna Mälkki, Conductor
Topi Lehtipuu, Tenor


SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 1
GEORGE BENJAMIN Three Inventions (NY Premiere)
JOHN ADAMS Chamber Symphony
“One of the sharpest new music conductors around” (The Times, London), Susanna Mälkki has the distinct inclination to treat classical repertoire as contemporary, breathing new life into everything she conducts with her exhilarating interpretations. The conducting phenom brings her versatility and energetic vigor to a performance with Ensemble ACJW, an outstanding group of young professional musicians who have a fresh approach to programming that is redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century.

The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.


John Adams's Chamber Symphony ("Roadrunner")

London Sinfonietta
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