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Chou Wen-chung

I am influenced by the philosophy that governs every Chinese artist, whether he be poet or painter, namely, affinity to nature in conception, allusiveness in expression, and terseness in realization.

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Heart & Breath

The wild vagaries of the heart unite the four works on this disparate first half, which preface Amy Beth Kirsten’s innovative interpretation of the commedia dell’arte.

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Reich + Bach

Reich made himself a student all over again and set out on another journey, to Israel. Tehillim (1981), his first explicitly Jewish piece, is his symphony of psalms.

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Tower + Bach

Falling out of euphony, the instruments are then set racing again. Another slowing brings back the scale, rising in broad octaves to a last bubbling torrent and a spacious close.

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Liza Lim

The ambiguities and iridescences of her music seem to derive from a keen, searching awareness of music’s basic qualities of sound and time.

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40 Years of Renaissance Polyphony

Though often creating textural clarity through the antiphonal grouping of three upper and three lower voices, Josquin’s motet is unusually dense in construction. Imitation is tightly woven, nearing true canon at times, and creates a musical canvas as huge and abstract as its subject matter.

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Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Often collaborative, nearly always multiform, frequently depending on interactions between live participants (whether musicians, dancers, or spectators) and computer- stored material, Barrière’s work does not lend itself easily to normal recording media – which makes this concert an especially rare and valuable event.

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The Phoenix Rising

This repertoire also profoundly influenced a whole new generation of English composers—Howells, Tippett, and Britten amongst them. In short, the impact of Tudor Church Music was huge.

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Unsuk Chin

We may learn little about Chin as a person from her compositions. Yet we will learn a lot about music, and the projection of feeling, fantasy, and wit through gorgeous, reeling, iridescent sound.

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Roger Reynolds

But, as the most recent piece on tonight’s program will show, Roger Reynolds is someone who remains a young explorer.

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Saariaho + Bach

My aim in composing this piece was to create a rich work for violin with four very different and independent parts. There are four variations around a theme or another musical parameter.

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Steven Schick: Solo

Two intertwined purposes are reflected by this music: it is both what I do on stage and also a system of knowledge acquisition, the way I have come to understand the world.

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