New Music on the Cutting Edge

Argento is an Artist-in-Residence at Saint Pater's Church in Manhattan

2017-18 Concert Season

Conditions of Light

Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:30 PM
Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54 St, New York [map]
Suggested Donation: $15

Monday, November 20, 2017, 8:30 PM, restaurant and bar open 7:30 PM
La Marbrerie, 21 Tue Alexis Lepere, Montreuil, France [map] [Event and Ticket Details]

Internationally-acclaimed Ensemble Cairn travels from Paris to join forces with Argento in our season opener in New York City. Under the baton of Guillaume Bourgogne, French-American violinist Elissa Cassini will perform the world premiere of Jérôme Combier's Koussevitsky commission Conditions de lumière, a concerto for violin and ensemble.

During a pessimistic moment in international relations, Argento and Ensemble Cairn wish to highlight the positive, idealistic, generous, and creative potential of international relations.

This concert, the result of an intense transatlantic exchange of music between the two ensembles, will feature both French and American composers. In addition to Jérôme Combier's coloristic style, Gérard Pesson takes familiar rhythms and vernacular influences and orchestrates them with "noises" from all the instruments. Franck Bedrossian also explores musical “noise,” but for its darker, more dramatic potential. On this side of the Atlantic, we perform American composers Michel Galante and Nina C. Young (Rome Prize in Composition 2015-16). Michel Galante’s Camouflage (world premiere) features a large ensemble flanked on either side by virtuoso marimba players. In contrast to the large ensemble works on the program, flutist Emi Ferguson and violist Ken Hamao will play Nina C. Young’s poetic duet L’heure bleue.

Argento will travel to France to repeat this performance with Ensemble Cairn for French audiences on November 20, 2017.

Program

Jérôme Combier - Condition de lumière (2017) for violin and ensemble
World premiere commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation
Elissa Cassini, violin

Michel Galante - Camouflage (2017) for large ensemble
World premiere

Gérard Pesson - Carmagnole (2015) for large ensemble

Nina C. Young - L'heure bleue (2013) for flute and viola

Jérôme Combier - Dog eat dog (2013) for guitar and cello

Franck Bedrossian - Innersonic (2012) for accordion and electric guitar
New York premiere

Program jointly performed by Argento Chamber Ensemble and Ensemble Cairn



Major support for this concert is provided by the French American Cultural Exchange.

Winter Dreams

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:30 PM
Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54 St, New York [map]
Suggested Donation: $15

At the end of his life, Gérard Grisey, an iconic figure in modern music, turned his attention to the dark and mystical songs of Hugo Wolf. Argento performs Grisey’s Wolf Songs along side the works of three New York composers.

Program

Hugo Wolf / Gérard Grisey - Wolf Songs (1997) for voice and ensemble
Sharon Harms, soprano - US premiere

Sang Song - Scars (2017) for ensemble
World premiere

Du Yun - When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa (2013) for violin and piano

Taylor Brook - Arrhythmia (new version 2017)
World premiere

Fragments in Space

Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:30 PM
Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54 St, New York [map]
Suggested Donation: $15

Daniel Barenboim said, “Robert Schumann didn’t have a concept of sound, he had a concept of music.” If true, then how does Schumann’s music relate to the world of contemporary music, where “sound” is everything? This is addressed in the works of György Kurtág and Aldo Clementi, who created a piano concerto out of fragments from Schumann’s inspired and puzzling Novelette No. 8.

Program

György Kurtág - Hommage à R. Schumann (1990) for clarinet, viola and piano

Aldo Clementi - Piano Concerto (1986)
New York premiere

Du Yun - When a Tiger Meets a Rosa Rugosa (2013) for violin and piano

Robert Schumann / Kimmy Szeto - Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish" (1850) arranged for chamber ensemble (2013)

Season Finale

Saturday, May 24, 2018, 7:30 PM
Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54 St, New York [map]
Suggested Donation: $15

Argento’s Season finale will be an opportunity for our audiences to get to know our featured soloists. The concert program will include innovative works by contemporary composers, and an announcement of the 2018-19 season.

Argento's 2017-18 season programming has been made possible by the Fritz Reiner Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and the generosity of individual supporters. Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.