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WEDNESDAY, FEB 05 2020, 07:00 PM

Argento's The Double Take Project explores two works: Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklarte Nacht" (transfigured night – 1899) and Erin Gee’s "Mouthpiece 29" (2016) by juxtaposing and performing several iterations of each piece. "Verklarte Nacht," Arnold Schoenberg's first major work, has a precursor in the form of an enigmatic unfinished work entitled "Toter Winkel" (translation: ‘blind spot’) written earlier that year. Argento will project images of Schoenberg's oil paintings during the show, selected by Melanie Schoenberg, the composer's granddaughter and a longtime friend of the ensemble.

Erin Gee's "Mouthpiece 29," for voice, violin, viola, and double bass, was commissioned by Tanglewood in 2016. The piece holds a special place in Argento´s repertoire, because they have collaborated closely and on multiple occasions. After Argento’s performance on February 8th 2019 at Roulette, the composer expressed that her ideal version of the work would have a richer compliment of string instruments. The new version is called "Mouthpiece 29b." Argento will program the new and previous versions together, so that the two stages of the same material can enrich the listener’s musical experience.


Arnold Schoenberg                 Toter Winkel (1899)
Erin Gee                          Mouthpiece 29 (2016)
Arnold Schoenberg                 Verklarte Nacht (1899)
Erin Gee                          Mouthpiece 29b (2020) WORLD PREMIERE


Charmaine Lee, voice
Carol McGonnell, clarinet
Erin Gee, vocalist and composer
Argento New Music Project
Michel Galante, conductor

Michel Galante is artistic director and conductor. He founded the Argento Chamber Ensemble in 2000. Under his leadership, Argento has gained international stature as one of the world's finest, artistically most daring and innovative ensembles. He is in frequent demand as a conductor of orchestras and ensembles and curator of festivals in North America, Europe and Asia. His composing activities have taken him on the Hertz, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships, and his compositions have won prizes from ASCAP and the Composer's Guild. He holds a DMA in composition from Columbia University.

Charmaine Lee is a New York-based vocalist. She has performed with leading improvisers Nate Wooley, Id M Theft Able, and Joe Morris, and maintains ongoing collaborations with contemporaries Conrad Tao, Victoria Shen, Zach Rowden, Eric Wubbels, and Leila Bordreuil. She has performed at the Met Breuer, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, the Stone, the Kitchen, and MoMA PS1. As a composer, Charmaine has been commissioned by the Wet Ink Ensemble (2018) and Spektral Quartet (2018). She was recently an Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room (2019). https://charmainelee.com

Carol McGonnell is a Dublin born clarinetist and a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. She has been involved in the commissioning of over 100 new works, ranging from solo pieces to clarinet concerti. Carol spent two years in residence with Trio Ariadne at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Sonoma and on faculty at Sonoma State University. She is an alumni of the Carnegie/ Juilliard Academy and is on faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music of CUNY and auxiliary faculty for contrabass clarinet at the Juilliard School in NYC. https://www.carolmcgonnell.com

For information about Argento's program please visit their website: www.argentomusic.org

Image Credit: Sabrina Hill Weisz