Stephanie Griffin, curator
with Ariadne Greif, soprano; Ashley Jackson, harp; Carl Bettendorf, conductor; and guest violists William Hakim and Caroline Johnston
Stephanie Griffin: Poem from Exile (2015)
Alba Potes: Oleajes (2003 rev. 2015)
Guy Barash: String Quartet no. 1 "Wrong Ocean" (2012)
Carl Bettendorf: Il y a l'Océan (2009)
Richard Wagner (arr. Griffin): "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Gretchen am Spinnrade, Die Forelle, and Erlkönig in arrangements for orchestra, in a concert with the New York Orchestra that also includes Schubert Symphonies 6 & 8 and Maxim Lando playing the Wanderer Fantasy.
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Brooklyn Bound At So Percussion's Studio
So Percussion Studio
Lucy Dhegrae closes the first of two nights of So Percussion’s fabulous mini series Brooklyn Bound. Come enjoy sets by Clara Warnaar and Dan Trueman; Lucy Dhegrae will go on around 9:15/9:30pm.
$10 suggested donation
Un lieu verdoyant: hommage à Gérard Grisey (1999) by Philippe Leroux (b. 1959)
with Casey Grev (soprano saxophone)
Excerpt from Le lay de bonne espérance, No. 13 by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)
Sense of Energy (2018) by Esin Gündüz (b. 1983)
by **guest vocalists!!** Roopa Mahadevan and Esin Gündüz
Since 1500 (2011) by Matthew Schickele (b. 1969)
Letter Piece 1: Arsenal, Bahrain, Chihuahua, Darjeeling and Eisenhower (2008) by Matthew Shlomowitz (b. 1975)
with Ariadne Greif (Dhegrae & Digressions)
William Kentridge: Ursonate
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2
Ticket: 350/250 NOK
(Also performed 16/9 at 19.00)
Ursonate, by the exiled German dada artist Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948), has been called the greatest sound poem of the 20thcentury. Structured in four parts like a classical symphony and completed in 1932, it consists of 30 minutes of vocal noises and strange, alien language. In recent years Ursonate has been acclaimed as a masterpiece.
‘Listening to the sonata is better than reading it,’ Schwitters wrote. After fleeing Germany at the outbreak of the second world war, Schwitters lived in exile for several years on the west coast of Norway, developing his notorious Merz collage concept before moving to England. Now South African artist William Kentridge has developed a highly physical rendition of the work, complete with violent body gestures, and a series of projected images complementing and commenting on the text. This visual display ranges from collaged newspaper pages and floating words to abstract shapes and images that recall the apartheid regime in his own country.
Often referencing the history of apartheid in South Africa, William Kentridge’s obliquely political work has been exhibited around the world. At Ultima – the first time he has performed Ursonate in Europe – Norwegian bassist Håkon Thelin and others will provide a suitably anarchic audio accompaniment. Kentridge brings a highly personal element to his interpretation, dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21stcentury where its apparent insanity and incomprehensibility remain vital and relevant. As Kentridge says: ‘Aberration, the absurd, paradox and contradiction are not disturbances at the edge of the rational, but, in fact, are the centre of how the world operates.
William Kentridge – Director, Libretto based on Kurt Schwitters. Sabine Theunissen – Set Designer. Janous Fouche – Video Editor. Performers: William Kentridge – Artist/Performer. Ariadne Greif – Soprano. Håkon Thelin – Double Bass. Rolf-Erik Nystrøm – Saxophone.
In collaboration with DNO&B.
Supported by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
William Kentridge’s Ursonate was commissioned by the Performa Biennial and premiered at the Harlem Parish in New York City as part of the Performa 17 Festival. Produced by: THE OFFICE performing arts + film. European Partner: QUATERNAIRE.
A staged recital about childhood viewed through the lens of adulthood, fairytale, storytelling, transcription, and juvenilia. Featuring pieces by Ryan Chase, Shawn Jaeger, Ricardo Romaneiro, and performed alongside Australia's rockstar virtuoso of the organ,
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