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2018-2019 Soundings: New Music at the Nasher Season
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Described as a “wordless opera,” guitarist and composer Steven Mackey collaborated with percussionist Jason Treuting to create this update on the story of Orpheus, Eurydice, and the mythological netherworld they explore. Carnegie Hall’s Lizzie Burns will be on double-bass for this partly instrumental, partly vocal performance, along with Sam Seyong Um, who has previously performed as a soloist with the Yale Philharmonic. Orpheus Unsung will be paired with a rendition of Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s Galgenlieder, which is based on Christian Morgenstern’s Gallow’s Songs, an early 20th Century poetry cycle. Mezzo Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn will lead the selection. Heyn was previously seen and heard at the Nasher during the seventh season of Soundings for Scullhoff, Reich, and Wagner: Music from Yellow Barn. As with other performances in the series, current technology such as electronic looping will appear alongside more traditional instruments.
Some Favored Nook
January 4, 2018
Based on the long-running correspondence between poet Emily Dickinson and abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson, this dramatic cycle runs 45 minutes and features a minimal trio of soprano Tony Arnold of International Contemporary Ensemble; baritone William Sharp of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem; and accompanied by pianist Gilbert Kalish of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Higginson led the first black regiment during the American Civil War and played a significant role in mentoring Dickinson before publishing her first book of poems in what would be the start of her career as a giant of the poetic form. Dickinson and Higginson wrote one another for over 24 years, and contemporary librettist Mark Campbell adapted their distinct and respective writing styles in a collaboration with composer Eric Nathan in 2017 during a residency at Yellow Barn in Putney, Vermont.
As early champions of human rights, women’s rights, and racial equality, Higginson and Dickinson’s shared message is one that still resonates. The Soundings audience will hear their words in an entirely new way.
Rituals of War and Death
March 1, 2019
Composer Martin Bresnick’s Caprichos Enfaticos will anchor this thematic rumination of humankind’s most persistent troubles. The composition sprawls across eight movements, utilizing Francisco Goya’s historic collection of etchings—Los Desastres de Guerra (The Disasters of War)—as its source material. In spite of such a weighty reference, Caprichos Enfanticos also has delicate passages amidst thunderingly stark blasts of military-style drums, as the program’s title suggests. A lively 6/8 time signature is sprinkled throughout, which was at one time the beat of a festive chain dance popular in Europe.
Pivoting from the darkness of Caprichos Enfaticos, James Wood’s Village Burial With Fire takes a more spiritually-minded approach, focusing on the afterlife rather than earthly despair. The blend of Eastern and Western music styles explores rhythms that trace their origins to Sri Lanka.
On piano for this concert will be Soundings Artistic Director Seth Knopp, joining the Percussion Collective, an ensemble founded by decorated percussionist Robert Van Sice, who guided the lineup at Yale University.
Breath & Hammer
May 11, 2019
With a mutual desire to push their instruments to the limits of possibility, South African-born pianist Kathleen Tagg and American clarinetist David Krakauer make up the duo Breath & Hammer. The two met in New York’s consistently fertile music scene, which also launched the career of John Zorn, a key composer in the body of work from which Breath & Hammer mines. Krakauer has also recorded for Zorn’s revered Tzadik record label, a torchbearer for modern klezmer music, in which the clarinetist is a key figure.
Tagg’s approach to the piano is to “prepare” its inner workings in John Cage-like fashion, another musical influence that looms large in the world of Soundings. Breath & Hammer will round out the season with an unexpected approach that blurs lines between classical, jazz, and electronic music.
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Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is supported by Charles and Jessie Price, Kay and Elliot Cattarulla, Laura and Walter Elcock, the Friends of Soundings, TACA, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Additional support is provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. Media Partner: WRR 101.1 FM.