Carnegie Hall Presents

Steve Reich

November 1, 2016
Steve Reich 80th Birthday

Three Tales
Steve Reich, Music
Beryl Korot, Video
March 30, 2017
Three Generations: John Adams and Terry Riley
April 6, 2017
Three Generations: Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich
April 19, 2017
Three Generations: David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon
April 26, 2017
Three Generations: Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly

Steve Reich 80th Birthday

Three Tales
Steve Reich, Music
Beryl Korot, Video

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

David Robertson, Conductor
ICE
Sō Percussion
·· Eric Cha-Beach
·· Josh Quillen
·· Adam Sliwinski
·· Jason Treuting
Synergy Vocals
Nick Mangano, Director

Program

ALL-STEVE REICH PROGRAM
Quartet
Pulse (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Three Tales (Video by Beryl Korot)
A zeppelin explodes, a nuclear bomb is tested, a sheep is cloned, and a robot casts its beatific gaze on you. Three Tales, a visionary opera created by Steve Reich with video artist Beryl Korot, has it all. You can experience this rarely performed, mind-stretching event along with performances of Quartet, a work scored for two pianos and two vibraphones, and the world premiere of Pulse, a work co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

Three Generations: John Adams and Terry Riley

Zankel Hall
Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Ensemble Signal
Brad Lubman, Conductor

Program

JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
TERRY RILEY In C (original version)
Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich and John Adams
Part of the Steve Reich–curated Three Generations exploration of the changing direction of concert music, this evening focuses on the pioneering first generation of composers. In his revolutionary In C, Terry Riley took 53 phrases, or modules, and gave players the freedom to repeat them as often as they like before moving to the next phrase. The resulting work introduced minimalism to the mainstream. John Adams’s Shaker Loops owes much to the minimalist movement, but also uses small repeating melodic fragments, a technique popularized by Steve Reich in his tape music. Adams’s piece refers to the Shaker religious group, recreating their ecstatic ritual dance in music that is wildly exciting, beautifully meditative, and always fascinating.

Part of Three Generations, curated by Steve Reich.

Listen

JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops


Ensemble Modern

Three Generations: Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich

Zankel Hall
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, Violin
Todd Reynolds, Violin
Lois Martin, Viola
Jeanne LeBlanc, Cello
Michael Brown, Piano

Program

ARVO PÄRT Für Alina
ARVO PÄRT Fratres
PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 5
STEVE REICH Different Trains
Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich and Nadia Sirota, host of Q2 Music's Meet the Composer podcast
Music of Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich is featured in a performance that’s part of Three Generations, a Reich-curated exploration of the changing direction of concert music from the mid-20th century to the present day. Chant-like melodic lines and notes resembling ringing bells are Pärt hallmarks, while Glass’s incandescent String Quartet No. 5 juxtaposes rhythmically propulsive passages with slower, tender ones. Reich’s Different Trains is a riveting work in which strings imitate the sounds of speech samples drawn from recorded interviews and train sounds. This powerful musical documentary speaks to the composer’s childhood and the tragic experience of Jews in 1940s Europe.

Part of Three Generations, curated by Steve Reich.

Listen

STEVE REICH Different Trains (“After the War”)


Kronos Quartet

Three Generations: David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Bang on a Can All-Stars
·· Ashley Bathgate, Cello
·· Robert Black, Bass
·· Gregg August, Electric Bass
·· Vicky Chow, Piano and Keyboard
·· David Cossin, Percussion
·· Mark Stewart, Electric Guitar
·· Ken Thomson, Clarinets and Saxophone
Kelli Kathman, Flute and Pan Pipes
Roberta Michel, Flute and Pan Pipes
Peter Hess, Saxophones
David Friend, Keyboard
Michael Gordon, Keyboard
Nathan Koci, Accordion
Todd Reynolds, Violin
Gregg August, Electric Bass
JACK Quartet
·· Christopher Otto, Violin
·· Austin Wulliman, Violin
·· John Pickford Richards, Viola
·· Jay Campbell, Cello
Jody Elff, Sound Engineer
Jody Elff, Sound Engineer

Program

DAVID LANG cheating, lying, stealing
JULIA WOLFE Lick
JULIA WOLFE Early that summer
MICHAEL GORDON Yo Shakespeare
Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon
A group of composers associated with the revolutionary Bang on a Can collective are featured in this event that is part of the Steve Reich–curated Three Generations exploration of the changing direction of concert music. Impossible to pigeonhole, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon eschew the familiar “isms” of the day by creating music that is deeply moving and always surprising.

Part of Three Generations, curated by Steve Reich.

Three Generations: Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Pekka Kuusisto, Violin
Nadia Sirota, Viola
Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello
Adam Marks, Piano
Nico Muhly, Piano
Chris Thompson, Percussion

Program

BRYCE DESSNER Tuusula
BRYCE DESSNER Skrik Trio (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
NICO MUHLY No Uncertain Terms (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich, Bryce Dessner, and Nico Muhly
Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly are leading voices of a new generation of young, eclectic, and absolutely fearless composers. NPR described Dessner’s music as “gorgeous and full-hearted,” while The Washington Post called Muhly “a composer who has everything.” Dessner's and Muhly’s music is performed by an ensemble of young cutting-edge performers who are not averse to taking risks on stage. This final concert of Three Generations, the Steve Reich–curated exploration of new music, presents the bold face of music now and tomorrow.

Part of Three Generations, curated by Steve Reich.