Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music festival is designed to allow orchestras to flex their creative programming muscles and provide an outlet to think outside of the overture-concerto-symphony box. On May 11, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Steven Stucky's August, 1964 in their Carnegie Hall debut.
August, 1964 was commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in commemoration of the 100th birthday of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Stucky received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Second Concerto for Orchestra, has been on faculty at Cornell University since 1980 and holds the post of Consulting Composer for New Music for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
On May 11 from 5 to 8 pm Q2 is using this concert as a springboard to explore Pulitzer Prize-winning works: Steve Reich's Double Sextet, Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto, David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion, John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls, Elliott Carter's String Quartet No. 2 and William Bolcom's Twelve New Etudes. Of course, Q2 cannot help but add our own twist to our programming so also included is a composer introduction from Reich himself and we bring you our private recording of Lang's Little Match Girl Passion. It features the New York Virtuoso Singers' New Sounds Live performance in WNYC's Greene Space.
In the event that you might be in the mood for something more intimate than a full symphonic performance, Q2 invites you to tune into our live webcast of the MATA Festival tonight at 7:30pm hosted by Nadia Sirota. Streaming live from Greenwich Village's (Le) Poisson Rouge, the show features performances from Corey Dargel and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Angélica Negrón and Cantori NY, Chris Danforth with Jeff Bina, and French-born bassist, Florent Ghys.
Steven Stucky: Four Album Leaves
Gloria Cheng, piano
Steve Reich: Double Sextet
Jennifer Higdon: Violin Concerto
Hilary Hahn, violin
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion
Harold Rosenbaum, conductor
New York Virtuoso Singers
John Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls
Lorin Maazel, conductor
New York Philharmonic
New York Choral Artists
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2
The Composers Quartet
William Bolcom: Twelve New Etudes
Marc-André Hamelin, piano