CC: Once again, cheering for the home team. Locrian performed my Gilgamesh Suite in 2012.
Towards the last days of summer, a concert that I eagerly anticipate is Locrian Chamber Players’ August season finale. The group’s mandate is to focus (nearly) exclusively on pieces composed within the previous decade. Artistic director David MacDonald, a composer who teaches at Manhattan School of Music, selects imaginative repertoire.
On August 24th at 8 PM, Locrian will present one of their bravest programs yet. This is due to its cornerstone piece, Réseaux by Hanspeter Kyburz, a formidable chamber sextet A few years ago, I had the pleasure of workshopping it with the composer at Boston’s Goethe Institute. If you don’t know Kyburz’s music – he is not played nearly often enough in the United States – this piece is well worth making it a point to hear.
In addition to Réseaux, Locrian will perform works by Macdonald, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Sebastian Currier, and David Feurzeig. Admission is free, both to the concert and a convivial reception afterwards.
Locrian Chamber Players
Friday, August 24 at 8 PM
Riverside Church – 10th Floor Performance Space
To reach The Riverside Church by subway, take the 1 or 9 train to 116th Street. By bus, take the M4 or M104 to Broadway and 120th Street. Enter The Riverside Church at 91 Claremont Avenue (one block west of Broadway, between 120th Street and 122nd Street)
Tickets are not required for this FREE concert.
John Luther Adams
Locrian Chamber Players’s mission is clear: they play the very newest contemporary classical fare: selections must have been written in the last decade to be programmed. This time out, the focus is on the music of John Luther Adams, including his setting of the late Alaskan poet John Haines’s “Cosmic Dust,” performed by the group’s regular vocalist, mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek (Anonymous Four, Ekmeles), and the New York premiere of the string quartet “untouched” (2015). “Fortunate Ones,” by the group’s director, David MacDonald, will receive its world premiere. The program also includes music by Adrienne Albert, Aaron Alter, Caroline Mallonee, and Andrew Lovett. As is Locrian’s custom, you will find out more about these composers, but only if you stick around: program notes aren’t distributed until the end of the show.
Friday, August 25 at 8PM
10th Floor Performance Space, Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive,
New York, NY 10027
The concert is free. A reception will follow.
John Luther Adams- Untouched***
John Luther Adams- Cosmic Dust Poem
Adrienne Albert- Daydreams***
Aaron Alter- Introspective Blues No. 1***
Caroline Mallonee- Clock It***
Andrew Lovett- Fortune’s Will
David Macdonald- Fortunate Ones*
* World Premiere ** U.S. Premiere *** New York Premiere
Anna Elashvili and Cyrus Beroukhim, violin; Miranda Sielaff, viola; Greg
Hesselink, cello; Andrew Rehrig, flute; Emily Wong, piano; Jacqueline
Kerrod, harp; Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano
Locrian Chamber Players will present a concert at 8 PM on Friday at their regular venue, the 10th Floor Performance Space at beautiful Riverside Church. Quite a program too – all works composed in the past decade, which is the group’s mission and demonstrates their strong connection to the now!
George Crumb”The Yellow Moon of Andalusia”
Michael Gordon”Clouded Yellow”
Carlton Wilkinson”String Quartet” [World premiere]
David Macdonald”The Gates of Sleep” [World premiere]
Brian Fennelly”Maverick Tango”
Calvin Wiersma and Conrad Harris, violin; Daniel Panner, viola; Greg Hesselink, cello; Jonathan Faiman, piano; Stanley Alexandrowicz, guitar; Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano
The concert is free. A reception will follow.
On Saturday March 25th at 8 PM, Locrian Chamber Players present a concert at their home base of operations, the performance space at Riverside Church. The program celebrates the legacy of Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) with two works: The Last Runo for flute and string quartet and the violin-piano duo Summer Thoughts. It also features New York composer Harold Meltzer’s Piano Quartet. The evening is rounded out with pieces by Paolo Marchettini, Anthony Donofrio, and Chia-Yu Hsu. Admission is free; reception to follow.
Locrian Chamber Players concert will give a concert next Thursday (May 29) at 8PM in Riverside Church, 10th floor performance space. The concert is free.
George Crumb–“Sun and Shadow,” for mezzo-soprano and amplified piano
Harrison Birtwistle–“Lied,” for cello and piano
Nils Vigeland–“Capriccio,” for flute, glockenspiel, cello and harpsichord (world premiere)
Justin Merritt–“A Gauze of Misted Silver,” for harp and string quartet
Ashley Wang–“Antares Falling,” for piccolo and piano (New York premiere)
Edmund Jolliffe–“Turn On, Tune In and Drop Out,” for flute, harp and string quartet (world premiere)
Calvin Wiersma and Curtis Macomber, violin; Daniel Panner, viola; Greg Hesselink, cello; Diva Goodfriend-Koven, flute and piccolo; Anna Reinersman, harp; Jonathan Faiman, piano; Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano; Elaine Comparone, harpsichord.
A reception will follow the concert.