Carnegie Hall Presents

Zankel Sampler II

Some of the finest new music composers and performers have enjoyed historic moments on the Zankel Hall stage, and this season continues the tradition. There are premieres—part of Carnegie Hall’s continuing 125 Commissions Project—by John Adams, Nico Muhly, and Caroline Shaw performed by Brooklyn Rider and Anne Sofie von Otter; and a look at composers associated with the Bang On a Can collective. Also hear one of new music’s finest ensembles—the critically acclaimed American Composers Orchestra—perform Steve Reich’s Tehillim.
October 13, 2016
Brooklyn Rider
Anne Sofie von Otter
March 24, 2017
American Composers Orchestra
April 19, 2017
Three Generations: David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon

Brooklyn Rider
Anne Sofie von Otter

Zankel Hall
Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 7:30 PM


Brooklyn Rider
·· Johnny Gandelsman, Violin
·· Colin Jacobsen, Violin
·· Nicholas Cords, Viola
·· Michael Nicolas, Cello
Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano


PHILIP GLASS Three Selections from "Suite from Bent"
CAROLINE SHAW "Cant voi l'aube" (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
COLIN JACOBSEN "For Sixty Cents" (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
JOHN ADAMS "Am I In Your Light?" from Doctor Atomic (arr. Evan Ziporyn; NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
NICO MUHLY So Many Things (arr. Nico Muhly; NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
JANÁČEK String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
BJÖRK "Cover Me" (arr. Erik Arvinder; NY Premiere)
BJÖRK "Hunter" (arr. Vince Mendoza; NY Premiere)
ELVIS COSTELLO "Speak Darkly, My Angel" (arr. Rob Mathes; NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
KATE BUSH "Pi" (arr. Kyle Sanna; NY Premiere)

STING "Practical Arrangement" (arr. Rob Mathes; NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
ANDERSSON / ULVAEUS "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"
Take seven of the most talked-about composers of our time—including two Pulitzer Prize winners—add a legendary mezzo-soprano and a cutting-edge string quartet, and you have a recipe for an unforgettable evening of new music. Brooklyn Rider, “one of the wonders of the contemporary music” (NPR), and Anne Sofie von Otter premiere the music of Caroline Shaw and Colin Jacobsen, plus new arrangements by Evan Ziporyn, Nico Muhly, Erik Arvinder, Vince Mendoza, Rob Mathes, and Kyle Sanna of songs by Björk, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush, and more.



Brooklyn Rider | Shara Worden, Vocals

American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground: Past Forward

Zankel Hall
Friday, March 24, 2017 | 7:30 PM


American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Elizabeth Bates, Vocals
Rachel Calloway, Vocals
Martha Cluver, Vocals
Mellissa Hughes, Vocals
Oliver Hagen, Keyboards
David Friend, Keyboards
Mami Kosemura, Video Artist


DAVID HERTZBERG Chamber Symphony (World Premiere)
PAOLA PRESTINI The Hotel That Time Forgot (World Premiere)
TREVOR WESTON Flying Fish (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Acclaimed for “consistently champion[ing] contemporary music with consistent excellence” (The New York Times), American Composers Orchestra showcases two premieres—one commissioned by Carnegie Hall—by two cutting-edge composers and a classic from Steve Reich, Tehillim (Hebrew for “psalms”). Inspired by cantillation he heard in Israel, Reich sets four psalms in an exotically scored and rhythmically invigorating work that pulses with life and is considered one of the modern master’s most thrilling compositions.


STEVE REICH Tehillim (Part I: Fast)

Steve Reich and Musicians

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

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


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


DAVID LANG cheating, lying, stealing
JULIA WOLFE Early that summer
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.