New Music on the Cutting Edge

2005-2006 Season

french connections

Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th St

$12 General / $7 Seniors & Students
Box Office: 212 501 3330

Argento opens its season, performing works by French and American composers whose intense transatlantic collaborations resulted in a dynamic exchange of musical styles and ideas. Co-sponsored by French American Cultural Exchange.


Philippe Hurel, Loops
solo flute

Michel Galante, Leaves of Absence II
for octet, world premiere

Jacob Druckman, Valentine

Michael Klingbeil, Monoliths and Interludes
solo piano, world premiere

Philippe Hurel, 4 Variations: Concerto for Vibraphone and
Chamber Orchestra

US premiere

gérard grisey's acoustic spaces, part I

St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University
Enter at 116th and Broadway

free admission

By magnifying the physical sounds of the instruments and gradually transforming them through time and space, Gérard Grisey proposes a radical alternative to established musical norms in his ground breaking cycle of works, entitled Les Espaces Acoustiques.


Tempus Ex Machina, for percussion sextet
Les Espaces Acoustiques, Part I:
I. Prologue, solo viola
II. Périodes, for chamber ensemble
III. Partiels, for chamber orchestra

new music from austria

FRIDAY, FEB 17, 8:00 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum

Phone: 212 319 5300

This performance is a snapshot of contemporary musical life in Vienna. Germanic poetry and theater weave a common thread through these three works:

Olga Neuwirth, Elfi und Andi
for tape, narrator, and quartet
featuring recordings prepared by Austria's famous leading lady, Marianne Hoppe
US premiere

Georg Friedrich Haas, out of free will…bound…
for bass flute, US premiere

Friedrich Cerha, 8 movements after fragments of Hölderlin
for string sextet, US premiere

the berg-cerha legacy

MONDAY, FEB 20, 7:30 PM
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
57th St and 7th Ave

Box Office: 212 247 7800
$25 General / $15 Seniors & Students

The grandfather of contemporary Austrian music, Friedrich Cerha, masterfully sets the ultra-romantic words of poet Friedrich Hölderlin. These works betray the influence of the modern, yet nostalgic world of the seminal Viennese composer Alban Berg, whose unfinished opera Lulu was famously brought to completion by Cerha. A duo of concerto soloists, an orchestra of winds, a mixed choir, and a string sextet invoke the two kindred spirits.

Alban Berg, Chamber Concerto
for violin, piano, and 13 wind instruments

Friedrich Cerha, 4 Fragments after Hölderlin
guest appearance: Collegium Musicum Chamber Choir, US premiere

Friedrich Cerha, 8 movements after fragments of Hölderlin
for string sextet

live wire

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre website
2960 Broadway at 116th Street, New York

Subway: 1 train to 116th Street
Box Office: 212 854 7799
$15 General / $8 Seniors & Students

Argento joins IRCAM, one of the world's leading electronic music institutions, to construct a surround-sound performance environment at Miller Theater for the purpose of real-time, live-electronic performance.


Joshua Fineberg, Lolita, Part One
for chamber ensemble, narrator, and live-electronics
based on Nabokov's famous novel, world premiere

Tristan Murail, Winter Fragments
for quintet, and live-electronics

Michael Jarrell, …more leaves…
for viola, quintet, and live-electronics, US premiere

Philippe Leroux, Voi(Rex)
for soprano, sextet, and live-electronics

Kilkenny Arts Festival

August 11-20, 2006
Kilkenny, Ireland

Argento performs three programs at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. See p.14-15 in the festival brochure.