New Music on the Cutting Edge

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

2016-17 Concert Season

Lex54 Concerts : Taking Apart Your Universe

Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:30 PM
Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54 St, New York [map]
Suggested Donation: $15


Salvatore Sciarrino - Introduzione all'oscuro (1981)

Karen Power - armed only with nuts (2012)

Ann Cleare - eyam ii (taking apart your universe) (2012) for contrabass clarinet and ensemble
world premiere - Carol McGonnell, contrabass clarinet

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

  Ann Cleare Salvatore Sciarrino Karen Power  

Additional support for this concert is provided by Culture Ireland.

Founder's Day at the Library of Congress

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:00 PM
Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St SE, Washington, DC [map]
Pre-concert conversation at 6:30 in Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Free tickets available online beginning at 10am on September 14


Salvatore Sciarrino - Introduzione all'Oscuro (1981)

Ann Cleare - eyam i (it takes an ocean not to) (2013) for solo clarinet
Ann Cleare - eyam ii (taking apart your universe) (2012) for contrabass clarinet and ensemble
Carol McGonnell, clarinet and contrabass clarinet

Michel Galante - Flicker for clarinet and piano

Gustav Mahler - Andante-Adagio and Scherzo from Symphony No. 10
arranged for chamber ensemble by Michel Galante

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

  Salvatore Sciarrino Ann Cleare  

Last Winter

Monday, November 21, 2016, 7:30 PM
Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54 St, New York [map]
Suggested Donation: $15 [get tickets]

Sang Song explores isolation through modern means of microamplification: headphones. Proximity and intimacy is magnified – every whisper of the instruments is directly channeled into the listener's ears.

** Please bring photo identification to procure headphones necessary to experience this exciting world premiere.


Sang Song - Last Winter (2016)
world premiere, headphones powered by Quiet Event

Beat Furrer - aer (1991)

Morton Feldman - Bass Clarinet and Percussion (1981)
Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet

Beat Furrer - voicelessness (1986)
Joanna Chao, piano

Michel Galante - Megalomania (2012)
Stephen Gosling, piano

Sang Song Joanna Chao Carol McGonnell Stephen Gosling  

Lex54 Concerts : Conjugal Music

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston [map]
Monday, April 10, 2017, 12:30 PM
Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54 St, New York [map]
Suggested Donation: $15


Tristan Murail - C'est un jardin secret, ma sœur, ma fiancée, une source scellée, une fontaine close... (1976) for viola
Stephanie Griffin, viola

Tristan Murail - Les ruines circulaires (1998) for clarinet and violin
Doori Na, violin, Carol McGonnell, clarinet

Tristan Murail - Unanswered Questions (1995) for flute
Emi Ferguson, flute

Georg Friedrich Haas - das Ende der Sehnsucht (2015)
World premiere (Boston), New York premiere (Lex54)

Ryan Beppel - Sterbetourismus (2013) for string octet
U.S. premiere (Lex54)

Georg Friedrich Haas - Hochzeitsmarsch (2015)
World premiere

Richard Wagner - Siegfried Idyll - (1870) symphonic poem for chamber orchestra

Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

The concert features the world premiere of Hochzeitsmarsch, an ambitious work by leading Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas. Haas wrote this work to celebrate his much publicized wedding to Molina Haas-Williams. Rather than referring to the institutional or traditional trappings of wedding, the work is one single enormous accelerando that goes through numerous transformations before settling on a cumulative arrival of all its instrumental forces. While Hochzeitsmarsch celebrates the more heated side of love, das Ende der Sehnsuch, also written for the Williams/Haas marriage, which celebrates the deeper, more sublime connections of their bond.

Violist Stephanie Griffin will perform Tristan Murail's C'est un jardin secret, ma soeur, ma fiancée, une source scellée, une fontaine close…, written as a wedding present for two of the composer’s friends. This solo work summarizes many characteristics of the composer’s music into a work for a single instrument. A short sequence of processes, featuring sliding tempi and subtle fluctuations of finger and bowing pressure, is neatly concluded by a mysterious ascending figure. To complement this work, Argento programs two other Murail miniatures: flutist Emi Ferguson will perform Unanswered Questions; violinist Doori Na and clarinetist Carol McGonnell will perform Les ruines circulaires.

Argento will perform the US premiere of Ryan Beppel’s Sterbetourismus, a string octet with two conductors dedicated to the marriage of Ken and Alana Bergman who married in 2013. Two conductors are required to realize the overlapping acceleration structures that have become a hallmark of Beppel’s work.

Finally, the program will include Siegfried Idyll, a birthday gift that Richard Wagner wrote for Cosima Wagner celebrating the birth of their son Siegfried.

  Ryan Beppel Georg Friedrich Haas Tristan Murail  

Argento's 2016-17 season programming has been made possible by the Fritz Reiner Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the generosity of individual supporters. 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.