New Music on the Cutting Edge

2014-15 Concert Season

Mahler As New York Contemporary I

Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:30 PM
Concert at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd Street, New York
Subway: 1/2/3 to 96th Street
Admission free

The legendary Austrian composer Gustav Mahler spent some of his later years in New York City and served as the director of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. His forward-looking musical style and language continue to resonate in contemporary music today. This concert series—three concerts spanning the 2014-15 season—situates Mahler as a New York new music contemporary. Each concert features one of Mahler's monumental works composed during his New York period in chamber arrangement, which provides the context for a showcase of the finest works of today's emerging composers. Discussion with composers and performers follows each program.

Program I

Taylor Brook - Arrythmia (2012) for string quartet
JACK Quartet

Matthew Ricketts - After Nine: Fantasia on Mahler (2014) for chamber ensemble
New York premiere
Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 9 (1899-1901/1902-10)
arranged for chamber ensemble by Klaus Simon (2007)
Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

Argento at the Play Loud! Chamber Music Festival

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Instituto Cervantes
211 East 49th Street, New York

Argento performs a program of cutting edge chamber music at the Play Loud! Chamber Music Festival.

Spectral Impressions: Tristan Murail in America

Mid-December 2014, Time TBA

Argento showcases celebrated French Spectralist Tristan Murail and his American disciples in back-to-back concerts.

Program

Compositions by Tristan Murail and his students in the United States

Mahler As New York Contemporary II

January 14-15, 2015
Park Avenue Armory

Program II

Oliver Schneller - Clair/Obscur (2005-06) for 7 instruments and live electronics
Jesse Jones - Threshold for tenor and ensemble

Gustav Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde (1908-09) arranged for mezzo-soprano, tenor and chamber ensemble by Arnold Schoenberg (1921), completed by Rainer Riehn (1983)

Residency at Sonoma State University

March 27-29, 2015
Sonoma State University

Argento workshops with student composers and performers, and performs a program of music.

Program (Tentative)

György Ligeti - Cello Concerto

Matthias Spahlinger - Furioso for cello and chamber ensemble

New Composition for clarinet and chamber ensemble

Robert Schumann - Konzertsatz fragment in D minor arranged for piano and chamber ensemble by Kimmy Szeto

Aldo Clementi - Concerto for piano and ensemble

Gustav Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) arranged for voice and ensemble by Arnold Schoenberg
Federica von Stade, soprano

Argento at Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles

March 30, 2015
Zipper Hall, Colburn School, Los Angeles

Program (Tentative)

György Ligeti - Cello Concerto

Matthias Spahlinger - Furioso for cello and chamber ensemble

New Composition for clarinet and chamber ensemble

Robert Schumann - Konzertsatz fragment in D minor arranged for piano and chamber ensemble by Kimmy Szeto

Aldo Clementi - Concerto for piano and ensemble

Mahler As New York Contemporary III

April 2015

Program III

Gustav Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1905)
Sharon Harms, soprano, with the New Chamber Ballet
World permiere choreography by Miro Magloire

Argento in Paris | Cairn in New York

May 2015

Argento New Music Project, in collaboration with Paris-based Ensemble Cairn, proposes a commission-exchange project that aims to explore, in several different ways, the possibilities of French-American musical exchange.

The project involves, first, the commission of a new work to be written by Cairn’s artistic director, emerging French composer Jérôme Combier. The work will be a concerto for solo violin and large ensemble, written especially for Franco-American violinist Elissa Cassini. The work will be premiered at two concerts: one in New York City and one in Paris, performed by Argento and Cairn.

Second, the project involves an exchange between Argento and Cairn. For the concert in NYC, Cairn’s conductor, Guillaume Bourgogne, will conduct Argento; and for the concert in Paris, Argento’s artistic director and conductor, Michel Galante, will conduct Cairn. This will allow each composer to collaborate together and with the other’s ensemble, mediated by the same soloist (Cassini).

Program

Michel Galante - New Commission

Michel Galante - Work TBA (2008)
Paris premiere

Jérôme Combier - Anima Foglia (2008) for violin and ensemble
US Premiere?

This program is made possible with a generous grant from the French American Cultural Exchange.

 
 
Argento's 2014-15 season programming has been made possible by the Fritz Reiner Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, New Music USA's Cary New Music Performance Fund, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.