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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. Mackey’s chamber opera combines music with filmed dance, casting the tragic legend in the contemporary sound world of drums and electric guitar. 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. Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn, previously seen and heard at the Nasher during the seventh season of Soundings for Scullhoff, Reich, and Wagner: Music from Yellow Barn, adds vocals to the selection. Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect alumna, Lizzie Burns is the double bassist for this partly instrumental, partly vocal performance, joined by Sam Seyong Um, who will return to the Soundings stage on March 1, 2019 with The Percussion Collective in Rituals of War and Death.
Some Favored Nook
January 4, 2019
Kurt Weill’s Four Walt Whitman Songsand George Crumb’s Apparition, Elegiac Songs and Vocalises, based on Whitman’s poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" mourning Abraham Lincoln, represent the sacrifices without which the text of Eric Nathan’s song cycle Some Favored Nook would not exist.
Inspired by the significant correspondence between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, commanding officer of the first black regiment in the Civil War, Some Favored Nook places Dickinson and Higginson's writings in the context of the Civil War and the struggles of that early chapter in American history – abolition, civil rights, women's rights, and the effects of war, themes still relevant in our time, as are those of love and death that fill Dickinson's poetry.
Featuring the simple combinationof a soprano, baritone, and piano, Tony Arnold, William Sharp, and Gilbert Kalish take librettist Mark Campbell and composer Eric Nathan’s collaboration and allow the Soundings audience to hear Dickinson and Higginson’s message in an entirely new way.
Rituals of War and Death
March 1, 2019
Waging war seems as inevitable a part human nature as our mortality. The grotesque rituals of war are represented with horrifying honesty in Francisco Goya’s book of etchings Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) and form the foundation of Martin Bresnick’s Caprichos Enfáticos (Emphatic Caprices).
In stark contrast is the Hindu funeral ceremony that inspires James Wood’s Village Burial with Fire, a ritual of the greatest care and beauty that purifies the soul of the deceased and sets it free to mingle with the spirit world.
The Percussion Collective’s Ji Hye Jung, Matt Keown, Ian Rosenbaum, and Sam Seyong Um are joined by pianist and Soundings Artistic Director Seth Knopp for this performance.
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Breath & Hammer
May 11, 2019
Breath & Hammer is a mosaic of clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg’s arrangements of “simple songs” by composers as diverse as New York-based visionary John Zorn, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and Cuban percussionist Roberto Rodriguez, as well as original compositions by Krakauer and Tagg, with influences ranging from interlocking African drumming patterns to romantic symphonic music to minimalism to klezmer. These diverse and seemingly disparate musical influences intermingle, transformed into something entirely new; a hybrid art form that bridges the cultures of the past and new work that looks towards the future.
Breath & Hammer will round out the season with an unexpected approach that blurs lines between classical, jazz, and electronic music.
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