Rochberg And His Worlds is a 3-concert Festival exploring a huge legacy of American music that has largely vanished from concert programs – American composersof the 1950's-90's working in a modernist or postmodern aesthetic.
The festival centers around George Rochberg, a pivotal figure in American music. Rochberg’s historic turn, as America’s leading modernist composer, who then rejected modernism in favor of a postmodern approach to composition, helped empower a new freedom and agency for all American composers that resonates to this day.
The 2018 Rochberg Centennial went virtually unremarked upon. And in fact, almost none of Rochberg’s contemporaries are receiving regular performances of their music today. These are major American artists who, during their lives, were considered some of our leading creative lights.
Rochberg And His Worlds seeks to bring this great music back into the light, and to reevaluate their work from a contemporary perspective, where old arguments about serial dogma and the ‘uptown/downtown divide’ no longer seem relevant. The festival will allow this music to speak on its own terms, and allow today’s audiences to experience a truly amazing period of American music, when composers were forging radically new approaches to creating art.
TIckets for each concert are $20.
The June 2 and June 3 concerts take place at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue VIEW MAP
The June 5 concert takes place at the Dimenna Center, Cary Hall, 450 W 37th St VIEW MAP
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