Carnegie Hall Presents

Zankel Sampler II

When a series features cutting-edge new music, a relaxed afternoon of song among friends, and fascinating multimedia works, it must take place in Zankel Hall. Sophisticated, modern, and welcoming, Zankel Hall is home to this series that reimagines the concert experience.
October 15, 2017
Thomas Adès and Friends
February 8, 2018
Nico Muhly and Friends Investigate the Glass Archive
March 1, 2018
Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Sergei Babayan, Piano
March 24, 2018
The Vietnam War: At Home and Abroad

Thomas Adès and Friends

An Afternoon of Song

Zankel Hall
Sunday, October 15, 2017 | 3 PM

Performers

Sally Matthews, Soprano
Alice Coote, Mezzo-Soprano
Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
Joseph Kaiser, Tenor
Thomas Adès, Piano
Thomas Adès is a musical polymorph. His operas, orchestral works, and songs “take you to new places, via soundscapes and landscapes of feeling” (The Guardian). A brilliant pianist praised for his “velvety pianissimos and pungent fortissimo growls” (The New York Times), he has also performed recitals with many of the great singers of our time. A quartet of stars from the cast of his newest opera join him for an afternoon of song, featuring his own works and music by other composers.

Nico Muhly and Friends Investigate the Glass Archive

Lesser Known

Zankel Hall
Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Nico Muhly, Piano
Estelí Gomez, Soprano
Caroline Shaw, Vocals
Laurie Anderson, Violin and Vocals
Nadia Sirota, Viola
Alex Sopp, Flute
Lisa Kaplan, Piano
Chris Thompson, Percussion

Program

World premieres of songs by Philip Glass, as arranged by Nico Muhly
Over his long career, Philip Glass has written countless pieces of music for his ensemble: a band of his friends and close collaborators. In world-premiere arrangements commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Nico Muhly reimagines some of Glass's lesser-known music, performing them with his own community of musicians.

Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Sergei Babayan, Piano

Zankel Hall
Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Daniil Trifonov, Piano
Sergei Babayan, Piano

Program

SCHUMANN Andante and Variations in B-flat Major, Op. 46
MAURO LANZA New Work for Two Pianos (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SCHUBERT Fantasie in F Minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940
RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos
RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos
Daniil Trifonov has been lauded for “the ecstatic quality he brings to his performances … that translates into something thrilling, absorbing, inspiring” (Financial Times). The excitement level will be twice as high with a rare opportunity to hear him perform with his mentor Sergei Babayan in a program of two-piano music by Rachmaninoff, the New York premiere of a piece by Mauro Lanza co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and other works.

The Vietnam War: At Home and Abroad

Zankel Hall
Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 2 PM

Performers

Friction Quartet
·· Otis Harriel, Violin
·· Kevin Rogers, Violin
·· Taija Warbelow, Viola
·· Doug Machiz, Cello
John Monsky, Narrator
Additional artists to be announced

Program

Program to include:
GEORGE CRUMB Black Angels
The Friction Quartet performs George Crumb’s amplified string quartet Black Angels, a searing response to the Vietnam War. The program also features live performances of pop and folk music from the 1960s—from Pete Seeger to Woodstock—coupled with photographs and film footage. Narrated by John Monsky, the creator of this multimedia presentation and others like it at the New-York Historical Society, this event captures the war’s intense emotions on the battlefield and at home.