Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 season of Soundings: New Music at the Nasher. Season tickets are now on sale. Individual tickets will be made available one month prior to each concert.
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2017-2018 Soundings: New Music at the Nasher Season
Paddle to the Sea (World Premiere)
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The 2017-2018 season of Soundings:
New Music at the Nasher begins with the world premiere of Third Coast Percussion’s
new performance project based on the classic children’s book and Academy
Award-nominated film Paddle to the Sea.
Looking at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives, Paddle to the Sea tells the story of a
Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and
sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and
finally to the Atlantic Ocean. The story underscores the geographic, economic,
and cultural connections formed by our shared waterways, and asks us to
consider the human impact on the waters that help us transport our goods,
provide our electrical power, bathe ourselves, cook our food, and quench our
Providing a live “soundtrack”, Third Coast Percussion performs
works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world by Philip Glass, Jacob
Druckman, traditional music of the
Shona people of Zimbabwe, and music of its own, creating a performance
that flows seamlessly throughout the course of the film.
This project was
the brainchild of Tom Welsh, Director of Performing Arts at the Cleveland Museum
of Art. It was developed at Third Coast Percussion’s Yellow Barn Artist
Residency in October, 2016.
Bach's Musical Offering
Saturday, January 13, 2018
The Musical Offering,
Johann Sebastian Bach’s miraculous monument of polyphony, is performed in its
entirety and interspersed with Chinese-American composer Lei Liang’s Garden Eight, a musical interludes that
pay tribute to the Ming Dynasty Yuen Yeh, the earliest and the most
exquisite Chinese horticulture treatise. Liang’s connection with Bach is
borne out of his fascination with the polyphony found within the single lines
that Bach’s creates, at once experienced as melody and as part of underlying harmony.
In Garden Eight he explores the possibility
of introducing single notes as a polyphonic experience.
This concert honors the work of Soundings’ friend, Kay Cattarulla, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary
of Symphony Space’s rebirth in 1978 with its Wall-to-Wall Bach Festival. Kay,
who currently serves on the Symphony Space board, is the founder of Selected Shorts, the nationally
broadcast literary program.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Benjamin Bagby brings us the chilling, magical power wielded
by the untitled Anglo-Saxon epic poem known as Beowulf. The story
has its roots in the art of the scop (“creator”), the bardic story-teller of
early medieval England who would re-tell the story of Beowulf in song and speech, accompanying himself on a six-string
harp for an audience captivated by the finest details of sound and meaning.
Bagby’s impetus to re-vocalise this medieval text as living
art has come from many directions: from the power of those bardic traditions,
mostly non-European, which still survive intact; from the work of
instrument-makers who have made thoughtful renderings of seventh-century
Germanic harps; and from those scholars who have shown an active interest in
the problems of turning written words back into an oral poetry meant to be
absorbed through the ear/spirit, rather than eye/brain. But the principal
impetus comes from the language of the poem itself, which has a chilling,
magical power that no modern translation can approximate.
Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
Thursday, May 3, 2018
1720, Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, remained unpublished until
1802. The central place
these works now hold in the violin repertoire, is illuminated by a program that pays
tribute to Bach’s deep influence on composers of today. Each of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas are represented interspersed with works for solo violin by
Salonen, and Xenakis, in performances by violinist, Alexi Kenney, recipient of the 2016
Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Friends of Soundings
Enhance your Soundings experience by becoming a Friend of Soundings. Friends of Soundings is a special group of Soundings' most dedicated patrons. As a member, you will receive season tickets with reserved seating for the entire season. In addition, you will have the opportunity to align with a select number of passionate patrons to provide invaluable support for this program while engaging with Soundings on a deeper level through exclusive opportunities before and after concerts. Friends of Soundings also supports a scholarship fund which enables the Nasher to provide students from various musical disciplines the chance to experience concerts free of charge and fund outreach opportunities with visiting musicians.
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Soundings is supported by Charles and Jessie Price and Kay and Elliot Cattarulla, the Friends of Soundings, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Additional support provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. Media Partner WRR 101.1 FM.