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SATURDAY, SEP 01 2012, 08:00 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to host this concert by current and former students in the graduate and undergraduate programs for music performance of the NYU Steinhardt School. This evening's program will feature a performance of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, as well as works by Schubert, Vivier, and John Cage.


Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire (1912)
Franz Schubert: Der Hirt auf den Felsen (1828)
Claude Vivier: Duo for Violin and Clarinet (1976)
John Cage: Five (1988)


Maya Bennardo Violin, Viola
Anne Dearth Flute, Piccolo
Chuck Furlong Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Alexandra Jones Cello
Goeun Lee Piano
Suzanne Pergal Soprano

The idea for this concert was born out of the desire to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire in its centennial year. Comprised of current and former students in the graduate and undergraduate programs for music performance, the ensemble formed through connections at the NYU Steinhardt School and from a mutual interest in a seminal work of contemporary music. While certainly unusual, Schoenberg’s daring melodrama is rooted in the classical forms of German Lied and Singspiel. He certainly must have looked to Schubert as a master of word-painting and expression of text. Home to both Schubert and Schoenberg and a capital of musical heritage for centuries, Vienna has been a the cradle of musical tradition and change. It was here that Schoenberg encountered fellow artists who shaped the entire course of this century’s cultural output. The lineage connecting Schoenberg to Cage and Vivier courses through the great luminaries of contemporary music, running directly through the teachings of composers belonging to the Second Viennese School and the Darmstadt School. This concert celebrates the centennial of Pierrot Lunaire by framing the piece with one of its precursors one hundred years before and two of its creative products in the next century.


This event is part of a series of programs the Austrian Cultural Forum has dedicated to Arnold Schoenberg throughout 2012, as it marks the 100-year anniversary of his seminal composition Pierrot Lunaire (1912).