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SUNDAY, DEC 05 2010, 04:00 PM

A Constellation of Contemporary Music Orbiting Pierrot Lunaire

On Sunday, December 5, 2010, at 4 PM, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Michel Galante, will enter the final month of concerts in Lunar Movements, its series for new music. This series focuses on three approaches to contemporary composition: structurally innovative works; compositions in an intuitive style; and allusive music. Arnold Schoenberg’s seminal Pierrot Lunaire, composed in 1912, is the cornerstone work for the entire series. The concerts in December explore musical landscapes “beyond Schoenberg.”

Peter Ablinger, Reality Studies
(specially rendered recording of Arnold Schoenberg speaking) played first without video, then with video

Arnold Schoenberg, Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment, Op. 47

Michael Klingbeil, World Premiere
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and live electronics

Elizabeth Hoffman, Through the Rippled Glass for clarinet and live electronics

James Falconi, World Premiere for violin and tape

Luigi Nono, A Pierre: dell’azzuro silenzio, inquietum for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet, and live electronics

Tristan Murail, Winter Fragments for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and live electronics

A post-concert discussion addresses Schoenberg’s fuision of the three compositional orientations in his very last chamber work, the Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment. The discussion also addresses ways Schoenberg’s ideas led composers to work with electro-acoustic sounds. The discussion will include composers Michael Klingbeil, Elizabeth Hoffman, and James Falconi.

The Argento Chamber Ensemble is the performance arm of the Argento New Music Project. Founded in 2000 to perform compositions embodying pressing concerns in Western music, Argento consists of 9 core members and regularly expands to up to 30 musicians. Argento has toured widely in the US and abroad, and has worked closely with leading contemporary composers. Argento has recorded the music of Tristan Murail on the Aeon label; Phonus (2009), featuring music by Parisian spectral composer Philippe Hurel, is produced by Soupir Editions and Plus Loin Music and distributed by Harmonia Mundi.  For more information about Argento, visit www.argentomusic.org.


NO ticket reservations necessary. Tickets can be purchased at the door (first-come, first-serve basis). Suggested donation: $5.For further information please visit http://www.argentomusic.org/weekly2010.html