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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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Simone Dinnerstein

The sonata ends with strangely beautiful layers of sound created by a continuous trill surrounded by a melody and ostinato, and tonight I hear this as a counterpoint to the entire program.

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Wondrous Birth: New York Polyphony

The carol has taken many forms over the course of its evolution from plainsong melodies, motets, and hymns to lullabies and devotional folk songs.

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Anna Thorvaldsdóttir

She has worked with various media, from symphony orchestra to studio electronics, but always with a sense more of listening than imposing, of allowing sound to form itself.

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The Orlando Consort

Many of these composers were singers as well. Above all, they recognize that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, the defining characteristic of a collective enterprise like choral singing.

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Rand Steiger

My goal is for these transformed sounds to merge with the natural, unamplified instrumental sound, to produce a sonic fabric that is in constant transformation and that brings greater expressiveness.

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Georg Friedrich Haas

In revisiting media and sometimes specific works of the past—such as a mass by Josquin or Sappho’s poetry—Haas has shown how diverse, strange, and alluring their shadows may be.

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Julio Estrada

Through all his work, the notion of continuity has been paramount, whether among the fundamental elements of sound or between ancient times and the present.

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Oliver Knussen

“The piece is whimsical: it hops back and forth between Winne-the-Pooh-like expressions and the inner world of a child—I allowed the music to take itself where it wanted to go.”

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