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MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL 2018 | OPENING CONCERT

MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL 2018 | OPENING CONCERT

THE MAHLER QUESTION: FATAL CRACKS

MONDAY, OCT 01 2018, 07:30 PM

 

For the opening concert of the 9th edition of Moving Sounds, Argento performs three recent works influenced by Mahler along with the very last music Mahler wrote before his death in 1911.

PROGRAM

Gustav Mahler/             “Trinklied” from Das Lied von der Erde (1908; 2018) – (7:45 min)
M. Galante                          for tenor and ensemble

Taylor Brook                         Arrhythmia – expanded  version (2012; 2017) – (11 min)

                                         for string ensemble and percussion

                                              

Jesse Jones                        Threshold (2012) – (9 min)

                           for tenor and ensemble

                                         +++intermission+++

 

Alma Mahler                        Drei Lieder (1899) – (7 min)

                                         for soprano and piano

 

Patricia Alessandrini            Alma (2018) preview performance – (6 min)

                                         for soprano and ensemble                                       

 

Gustav Mahler/M. Galante  Symphony 10: Adagio and Scherzo/Finale (1910; 2018) – (35 minutes)

                                         for ensemble

 


Reception and discussion with artists to follow the concert

Mahler's last work, his unfinished 10th Symphony, was first conceived in 2 movements, concluding with a hybrid Scherzo - Finale. The opening Adagio includes Mahler's only foray into atonality, and the 2nd movement features constantly changing meters that foreshadow Stravinsky's Rite of Spring by three years. Argento performs Michel Galante's completion of the Symphony's original 2-movement form, reduced to an ensemble of 15 players.

Composer Taylor Brook's Arrhythmia asks, "what if Mahler wrote his 9th Symphony today?" Reviewing Arrythmia in The New York Times, James Oesterrich wrote, "The work was gripping from the outset and engrossing throughout." Argento will perform its second expanded version, scored for strings and percussion.

Acclaimed Austrian soloist Virgil Hartinger sings the 1st movement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde to introduce a work it directly inspired: Rome Prize winning composer Jesse Jones' Threshold, for tenor and ensemble, which is set to Rabindranath Tagore texts that explore "concepts of mortality and transcendence over death outside Western traditions."

Argento gives a preview performance of Patricia Alessandrini's work-in-progress Alma, which takes Alma Mahler's youthful compositions and re-interprets them in contemporary terms. Alessandrini's work is paired with three original songs by Alma Mahler.

THE FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE

 

Monday, October 1, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Opening Concert: Fatal Cracks
Music Mondays at 
Advent Lutheran Church, New York               

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 8:00 pm
Concert: Emerging Austrians
Austrian Cultural Forum New York 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 3:00 pm
Composition Seminar: Thomas Schäfer
Columbia University, 620 Dodge Hall                        

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Panel: The Mahler Discussions
North of History Gallery

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Concert: Mahler and Space
Saint Peter’s Church, New York                                

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Concert: Mahler and Space
Saint Peter’s Church, New York                           

 

VENUE
Music Mondays at Advent Lutheran Church
2504 Broadway New York, NY 10025