THE 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
George Crumb – Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music) (2001)
Marcantonio Barone, piano
Peter Maxwell Davies – Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969)
Randall Scarlata, baritone; Jayce Ogren, conductor
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music), the composer’s ruminations on the jazz classic ‘Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk, will feature Orchestra 2001 pianist Marcantonio Barone, chosen by Crumb to record this piece last year. Barone’s dramatic interpretation, with extended techniques both on the keyboard and inside the piano, highlights the nine-movement piece that quotes Debussy, Wagner and Strauss, and includes a dramatic “counting off” of the hours until midnight.
The one-hour program ends with a staged encore performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic 1969 monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, a powerful and daring portrayal of King George III’s madness at the end of his life. Acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata reprises his theatrical, tour de force role of King George in this rarely heard, cult contemporary music classic.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
$25 Standard / $15 Students & under 25 (with ID)
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND continues!
Enjoy free concerts featuring music by Composer/Conservationist John Luther Adams in Philadelphia Green Spaces, made possible by a "New Audiences/New Places" grant from the William Penn Foundation.
INUKSUIT, at Schuylkill Banks Park
Described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece,” and by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “One of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life,” John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit is played by dozens of percussionists and piccolo players dispersed in large outdoor areas, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shell horns, sirens, gongs, bells, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
(September 24th raindate)
12:00 PM, noon
FREE & family friendly public performance
Join Orchestra 2001 at Race Street Pier for the US premiere of composer / environmentalist John Luther Adams’ Across the Distance for dozens of French horns in an outdoor space.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017
(October 8th raindate)
Two performances at 12:00 noon & 1:00 PM
Performances are about 25 minutes long
Race Street Pier by the Ben Franklin Bridge
Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia 19106
FREE & family friendly public performance
“Through a merging of rock and classical, the stylistic sliding is powerful and impressive.” – LA Times
"SLIDE is a character study of Renard, a psychologist played by Rinde Eckert, as told by a narrator/guitarist played by Steven Mackey. The musicians of Orchestra 2001 are a chamber group that Renard looks forward to rehearsing with every Thursday evening. They also serve variously as Renard’s imagined subjects or other phantoms within the protagonist's curious world and psyche. The music is a dish for musical omnivores and while the ingredients have been diced quite finely (and there is no quotation), the songs are seasoned with homages to Dowland, Mozart, Stravinsky, Piazzola, and The Beatles."
– Steven Mackey
Steven Mackey, narrator/composer/guitarist
Rinde Eckert, librettist/actor/singer
Jayce Ogren, conductor
Mark DeChiazza, director
Keithlyn Parkman, lighting designer
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University
Fine Hall, Princeton, NJ 08540
Free and open to the public
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center
7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
$35 Adult / $25 Senior / $15 Students
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017
80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
$34 at door / $32.77 Advance GA / $24.58 Group (4+)
Orchestra 2001 will present two concerts exploring the genre-defying composition The Yellow Shark, by maverick American composer and rock guitarist Frank Zappa, and the contemporary classical composers who were influential to his artistic development: Edgard Varèse, Pierre Boulez, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern.
Major support has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Find more information about the project here.