Carnegie Hall Presents

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An all–Steve Reich program, jaw-dropping virtuosity combined with inventive uses of voices, and fascinating fusions of strings and percussion are some of what awaits on this series that pushes the envelope of musical exploration. For adventurous listeners seeking visionary composers and daredevil ensembles, this series indispensable.
November 2, 2017
Ensemble Signal
January 11, 2018
Roomful of Teeth
March 6, 2018
So Percussion
JACK Quartet
April 6, 2018
American Composers Orchestra

Ensemble Signal

Zankel Hall
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Ensemble Signal
Brad Lubman, Conductor

Program

ALL-STEVE REICH PROGRAM
Clapping Music
Quartet
Runner (NY Premiere)
Pulse
Double Sextet
Steve Reich’s genius is showcased by Ensemble Signal, “one of the most vital groups of its time” (The New York Times). Clapping Music is early Reich, a revolutionary work that requires no instruments beyond the human body. Of recent vintage is Quartet, a piece co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and exotically scored for two vibraphones and two pianos. Runner, which receives its New York premiere on this program, is for a large ensemble of winds, percussion, pianos, and strings. Tempos remain constant in the five-movement piece, with varying note durations and a slowed version of a bell pattern from Ghana.

Roomful of Teeth

Zankel Hall
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Roomful of Teeth
Brad Wells, Artistic Director
Tigran Hamasyan, Piano

Program

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE a promise in the stillness (NY Premiere)
TIGRAN HAMASYAN New Work (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
CAROLINE SHAW Partita
Yodeling, rhythmic clicks, and throat singing with complex harmonies are just some of the techniques that Roomful of Teeth pull from its expansive vocal toolbox. Winners of the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance, the ensemble is committed to exploring the expressive potential of the human voice by using vocal techniquesfrom around the world. In addition to a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall, they perform Partita, the composition by composer and ensemble member Caroline Shaw for which she received the Pulitzer Prize.

So Percussion
JACK Quartet

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | 7 PM

Performers

So Percussion
·· Eric Cha-Beach
·· Josh Quillen
·· Adam Sliwinski
·· Jason Treuting
JACK Quartet
·· Christopher Otto, Violin
·· Austin Wulliman, Violin
·· John Pickford Richards, Viola
·· Jay Campbell, Cello

Program

PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 8 (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
DONNACHA DENNEHY New Work (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
DAN TRUEMAN All Things Great and Small (NY Premiere)
Two powerhouse new-music ensembles come together for an evening of premieres, including a work by Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair Philip Glass. The New York Times has said of Sō Percussion, “Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new.” JACK Quartet has cast aside all stereotypes of the traditional string quartet with concerts that are “drop-everything-and-go occasions” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground: Dreamscapes

Zankel Hall
Friday, April 6, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Elena Urioste, Violin
Ethan Iverson, Piano

Program

TJ ANDERSON BAHIA BAHIA (US Premiere)
CLARICE ASSAD Dreamscapes (NY Premiere)
STEVE LEHMAN New Work (World Premiere)
ETHAN IVERSON Piano Concerto (World Premiere)
HITOMI OBA September Coming (World Premiere)
Now in its 40th season, the American Composers Orchestra continues to perform concerts that “are always fascinating … frequently exhilarating forays into recent music—or music that was written decades ago but is still fresh” (Newsday). At the vanguard of new music, this outstanding ensemble presents thrilling works by visionary composers.