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The New York Times Lauds John Zorn’s Composer Portrait

Miller Theatre opened its 2016-17 Composer Portraits series on October 20 with an evening of premieres by John Zorn. The event was the first of many concerts that weekend in which Zorn’s music was showcased. The New York Times had this to say about the evening:

“His work remains frenetic and electrically charged, as careening — and yet also as confident — as a bobsled racer.”

“These pieces were of a piece. Filling the scores were Mr. Zorn’s characteristic jitteriness and scratchy energy, a sense of slightly satanic mischief.“

“The musicians, including artists from the Talea Ensemble and JACK Quartet, were well schooled in Mr. Zorn’s style, passionately precise in manic moments and endowing the stillnesses with the expectation of inevitable explosion.”

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