Spring Fever: Bard College
Monday, May 09, 2011
Q2 continues to celebrate Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music Festival with this May 10 program from 5 to 8pm featuring the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory. Though New York City is home to some of the most prestigious American music schools, one should never overlook the fact that a mere one-hundred miles north, in tranquil Annandale-on-Hudson, is a school whose star-studded faculty list includes the likes of Dawn Upshaw, So Percussion, George Tsontakis, Jeremy Denk, David Krakauer, Joan Tower and members of the Guarneri Quartet.
In their Carnegie Hall debut on May 10, WQXR live broadcasts the Albany Symphony Orchestra's Spirituals Project, a Civil War-inspired commissioning project which includes a new work by Bard faculty member (and Albany Symphony New Music Advisor), George Tsontakis' Let The River Be Unbroken.
As a preview to this longstanding connection between Tsontakis and the ASO, Q2 brings you Tsontakis' Mirologhia, a work recorded by the ASO and released on the Koch label, featuring percussionist Colin Currie and soprano Eleni Calenos. Other Q2 highlights include Dawn Upshaw's performance of Osvaldo Golijov's Ayre introduced by the composer himself, Joan Tower's Petroushkates played by Bard's resident ensemble the Da Capo Chamber Players and the segment concludes with Jeremy Denk's definitive rendition of Charles Ives' monstrous work, Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-1860".