Carnegie Hall Presents

Zankel Sampler I

Musical horizons are broadened and the artistry is high when a vast range of repertoire is explored in Zankel Hall. Seventeenth-century Italian arias and folk music, an iconic American composer’s homage to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and more await.
October 7, 2017
L'Arpeggiata
December 8, 2017
American Composers Orchestra
January 19, 2018
Kronos Quartet
March 16, 2018
Alarm Will Sound

L'Arpeggiata

La festa d'Arpeggiata

Zankel Hall
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

L'Arpeggiata
Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director
Céline Scheen, Soprano
Giuseppina Bridelli, Mezzo-Soprano
Vincenzo Capezzuto, Alto

Program

Program to include works by Cavalli, Cesti, Monteverdi, and Italian folk music
An improvised double bass solo with a riff on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” a rousing encore of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and an impassioned Purcell song are some of the delights L’Arpeggiata brings to every performance. It is also one of the finest early-music ensembles currently performing. For this program, the artists focus on the glorious vocal music of such 17th-cenutry composers as Cavalli, Cesti, and Monteverdi, while also sampling robust Italian folk music.

American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground: In Response

Zankel Hall
Friday, December 8, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Timothy Fain, Violin
Pauchi Sasaki, Electronics

Program

PAUCHI SASAKI GAMA XVI for Orchestra and Electronics (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BRYCE DESSNER Réponse Lutoslawski (NY Premiere)
PHILIP GLASS Violin Concerto No. 2, "The American Four Seasons"
The acclaimed new-music ensemble celebrates its 40th anniversary with two new works and a classic by Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair Philip Glass. Bryce Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski is the creative fruit of his study of Lutosławski’s string orchestra piece Musique funèbre. Glass’s work is an homage as well: a daring take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with synthesizer replacing the harpsichord and a rollicking finale with a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.

Kronos Quartet

Zankel Hall
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 9 PM

Performers

Kronos Quartet
·· David Harrington, Violin
·· John Sherba, Violin
·· Hank Dutt, Viola
·· Sunny Yang, Cello

Program

STACY GARROP New Work (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
ZACHARY J. WATKINS New Work (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Plus works by Terry Riley, John Cage, and Janis Joplin
In addition to pieces by three American mavericks written in the 1960s, the ever-adventurous Kronos Quartet performs a program that includes world premieres of two works commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Zachary J. Watkins’s piece is inspired by the moment just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, while Stacy Garrop’s work is rooted in the words and spirit of oral historian and activist Studs Terkel.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

Alarm Will Sound

This Music Should Not Exist

Zankel Hall
Friday, March 16, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Alarm Will Sound
Alan Pierson, Artistic Director and Conductor
John Orfe, Piano

Program

LIGETI Hungarian Rock (arr. Caleb Burhans)
LIGETI Piano Concerto
LIGETI Chamber Concerto
LIGETI Continuum
LIGETI Poème symphonique
LIGETI Haj, ífjúság!
CHAPLIN Excerpt from Modern Times (arr. Courtney Orlando)
György Ligeti’s life was filled with drama. He escaped Nazi extermination in a Jewish labor camp and eventually fled totalitarian oppression at the hands of the liberating Soviets in Hungary. His music’s dense melodic webs and conflicting rhythms—along with a host of other experimental sounds, shapes, and forms—embody the dreams, fantasies, and nightmares of a life lived on the edge. Alarm Will Sound tells Ligeti’s incredible story through a blend of music and recorded sounds in a concert that resembles a live podcast.