The Answer to the Question that Wings Ask | JFK Jukebox

The Answer to the Question that Wings Ask | JFK Jukebox

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (map)

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In celebration of President Kennedy, KC Jukebox presents an evening of music informed by the Civil Rights movement, from Carlos Simon's An Elegy: Cry From the Grave—a haunting dedication to those wrongfully murdered by an oppressive power, performed by the Mivos Quartet—to a special performance by David T. Little's band, Newspeak. My piece The Answer to the Question that Wings Ask will be performed by the Mivos Quartet with poet Saul Williams. The evening also features The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 cellos by recently rediscovered visionary Julius Eastman, performed by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). The program is conducted by Colin Burnham.

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Law of Mosaics | Barbican Hall

Law of Mosaics | Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall (map)

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic on tour in London

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Composer, pianist and singer Julius Eastman was an early adopter of post-minimalism and a vitally important African-American voice in the 70s avant-garde. The provocatively titled Evil Nigger is one of his most important works, with four pianos generating an unrelenting percussive energy.

Eastman's work is in apparently stark contrast with the trance-like vibe of Rzewski’s Attica. But don’t be fooled: beneath upbeat and chirpy melodic patterns lies an equally powerful political punch. Composed in the wake of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, the repeated lyrics ‘Attica is in front of me’ are an inmate’s devastating response to being asked how it felt to be leaving Attica behind following his release.

Finally, Ted Hearne’s Law of Mosaics is inspired by David Shields’s book Reality Hunger: A Manifesto– a patchwork treatise on art and digital culture. Each of the four movements has a distinctive musical voice of its own, drawing on punk, electronic, classical and other diverse influences.

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New Music on the Point

New Music on the Point

Point Counterpoint (map)

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I will be in residence at New Music on the Point this summer as part of an all-star composition faculty that also includes Amy Williams, Eve Beglarian, George Lewis, and Juraj Kojs. Roomful of Teeth will be the featured guest ensemble, and the JACK Quartet returns to reprise their annual role as ensemble in residence.

New Work | National Youth Orchestra

New Work | National Youth Orchestra

Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall (map)

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Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the National Youth Orchestra in the premiere of a new piece at Carnegie Hall. Jean Yves-Thibaudet also features, performing Gershwin's Piano Concerto, and the program will be finished with Sibelius' Symphony No.2. Come hear the country's brightest young musicians, brought together by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, in one of the summer's most eagerly anticipated events.