Music For A Polar Vortex Evening

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Georgia O'Keefe's "Evening Star," 1917

Despite the bizarrely high likelihood this week of NYC's "Polar Vortex" turning unseasonably spring-like, we're nevertheless hunkering down with wintery landscape pieces for piano and percussion, anchored by the The Adams From The North, Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.

Each day this week features a score by Adams, one of the masters of musical build, sustain and vastness. The repertoire ranges from the elemental Red Arc / Blue Veil on Monday to The Farthest Place on Friday with stops in between including Four Thousand Holes, Dark Wind and Dark Waves.

Rounding out each hour are not only piano and percussion scores from Gavin Bryars, Nico Muhly, Ted Hearne, and Norio Fukushi (the remarkable Silica, performed live by members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center), but piano solo works with particularly chilly undertones. Tune in for Roger Reynolds, Phil Klein, John Cage, Kaija Saariaho, and more.