Carnegie Hall Presents

Off the Beaten Track

Creative and innovative, the artists on this series are inventive spirits who take risks and go out of their way to do things differently. MacArthur “genius” Chris Thile continues to reinvent perceptions of mandolin performance, electronic artist Fennesz remixes the works of Mahler, the Kronos Quartet expands the range and context of the string quartet, and a stellar lineup of new-music innovators explore love, loss, and the emotional implications on the music that underscores it.
October 22, 2013
Chris Thile
March 7, 2014
March 28, 2014
Kronos Quartet and Friends
April 24, 2014
collected stories: love/loss

Chris Thile

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 7:30 PM


Chris Thile, Mandolin
Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. On this program, he performs solo violin works on the mandolin by J. S. Bach, drawn from his forthcoming recording, Bach Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1, as well as his own compositions and contemporary music.


Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro

Chris Thile


Mahler Remixed

Zankel Hall
Friday, March 7, 2014 | 10 PM


Fennesz, Guitar and Electronics
Lillevan, Video
Fennesz salutes the universality of fellow Austrian Gustav Mahler in this remixed interpolation of the composer’s oeuvre, visualized by the German digital abstractionist Lillevan, to show Mahler’s enduring influence in modern life, both in the creative incubator of Vienna and around the world.

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

Kronos Quartet and Friends

40th Anniversary Celebration

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, March 28, 2014 | 8 PM


Kronos Quartet
·· David Harrington, Violin
·· John Sherba, Violin
·· Hank Dutt, Viola
·· Sunny Yang, Cello
Bryce Dessner, Guitar
Wu Man, Pipa
Jherek Bischoff, Bass Guitar
Musicians from Face the Music
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Artistic Director


BRYCE DESSNER Aheym (Homeward)
TRAD. "Tusen Tankar" ("A Thousand Thoughts") (arr. Kronos Quartet, trans. Ljova)
WILEY "Last Kind Words" (arr. Jacob Garchik)
OMAR SOULEYMAN "La Sidounak Sayyada" ("I'll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You") (arr. Jacob Garchik)
TERRY RILEY The Serquent Risadome (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BRISEÑO "El Sinaloense" ("The Man from Sinaloa") (arr. Osvaldo Golijov)
LAURIE ANDERSON "Flow" (arr. Jacob Garchik)
PHILIP GLASS Orion: China (arr. Michael Riesman) (NY Premiere)
JHEREK BISCHOFF A Semiperfect Number
CLINT MANSELL "Lux Aeterna" from Requiem for a Dream (arr. David Lang)
CLINT MANSELL "Death Is the Road to Awe" from The Fountain (arr. Kronos Quartet)

HENDRIX "Purple Haze" (arr. Kronos Quartet)
Since its inception, the Kronos Quartet has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expand the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, collaborating with many of the world's most eclectic composers and performers. Kronos returns to Carnegie Hall with several special guests to celebrate its 40th anniversary, performing commissioned works by favorite composers and collaborators, including a world premiere and Carnegie Hall commission by Terry Riley, a New York premiere by Philip Glass, plus works by Laurie Anderson, Jherek Bischoff, Clint Mansell, and others. The celebration also includes the world premiere of a short film by Sam Green.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.


Bryce Dessner's Aheym

Kronos Quartet
Anti, Inc.

collected stories: love/loss

Zankel Hall
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 6 PM


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


Program to include:
TRADITIONAL "Cruel Sister"
JULIA WOLFE Cruel Sister
NICO MUHLY The Only Tune
Hailed as “one of the most vital groups of its kind” (The New York Times), the “new-music dream team” (Time Out New York) Signal explores the duality of love and lost love in narrative music making in a concert that also features The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Iarla Ó Lionáird, and Nadia Sirota. Curated by David Lang—this season's holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair—as part of his collected stories series, the program includes works by Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly that musically examine the emotional impact and intensity of intoxicating love, envy, betrayal, and devastating loss.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.


Julia Wolfe's Cruel Sister (Part II)

Ensemble Resonanz | Bradley Lubman, Conductor