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2017-18 SEASON

Saturday, October 14, 2017 7:30

The Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375 - View Map

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students and seniors) and may be purchased at this link.

Music for Violin from the United Kingdom

Esther Noh, violin

Jacob Rhodebeck, piano

Robert Simpson: Violin Sonata (US Premiere)

Mark Bowden: Five Memos (US Premiere)

James Macmillan: Kiss On Wood

Jonathan Harvey: Flight Elegy

Michael Finnissy: Mississippi Hornpipes

This concert, presented by Musica Reginae in Forest Hills, kicks off a season-wide survey of contemporary music from the United Kingdom. Highlights include the US premiere of Robert Simpson's epic Violin Sonata, a work from a giant of British music, almost entirely unperformed in the US, and the US premiere of the Welsh composer Mark Bowden's Five Memos, inspired by Italo Calvino's Norton Lectures at Harvard University. James Macmillan's classic Kiss On Wood explores the Scottish composer's musical and catholic heritage, while Jonathan Harvey's atmospheric Flight Elegy explores the highest registers of the instrument. Michael Finnissy, a master of the UK's 'new complexity' movement, creates a dazzling fantasy on American fiddling tunes in his virtuosic Mississippi Hornpipes.

January 12-13

Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011 - View Map

THE UK COMMOTION!

 

A Festival of music exploring the contemporary music scene in the United Kingdom.

To include performances of music by Julian Anderson, Richard Barret, Mark Bowden,  Philip Cashian, Anna Clyne, Tom Coult, Tansy Davies, Helen Grime, Deirdre Gribbin, Ken Hesketh, Colin Matthews, Anna Meredith, Thea Musgrave, Mark Simpson, Martin Suckling.

Special Performance by Lost Dog pianist Jacob Rhodebeck of works by Birtwistle and Maxwell Davies.

Details coming soon!

Photo: Michael Hersch by Sam Oberter                            James Ilgenfritz by Peter Ganushkin                          Robert Maggio

RECENT PERFORMANCES

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017 8:00

Benzaquen Hall, Dimenna Center, Manhattan

PROGRAM:

Michael Hersch: A Forest of Attics (NY Premiere)
            inspired by the writings of Bruno Schulz
 
James Ilgenfritz: Transmigration of the Serpent (World Premiere)
            inspired by Carollee Shneemann's performance piece “Interior Scroll”
(link NSFW)
 
Robert Maggio: Barcarole (seven mad gods who rule the sea)
            inspired by Stephen Crane’s poem “The Open Boat” (program note)

 

All of the works on this concert are inspired by poetry, to very different effect - Michael Hersch's work, in only its second-ever performance and New York premiere, is a terrifying scream; James Ilgenfritz' brand new piece, written for Lost Dog, conjures the spirit of 70's performance art; and Robert Maggio creates a beautiful and melancholy evocation of the sea.

In June 2016, Lost Dog presented 'Nørgård in New York', a major survey of the works of the great Danish composer Per Nørgård. The Festival took place June 16-18 at Scandinavia House . Please click the logo above to visit the Festival Website for more information.

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