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MusicNOW


January 13-14

Program and Description


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FRI/SAT 2-DAY PASS

FRIDAY:

PRE-CONCERT:
Pekka Kuusisto
Join us in the Taft Ballroom

ANDREW NORMAN:
Play

MATTHIAS PINTSCHER: 
idyll for orchestra

LISA HANNIGAN with AARON DESSNER
with and without Orchestra

SATURDAY:

ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR:
Reflections

LIGETI:
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
with soloist Pekka Kuusisto

TIMO ANDRES:
The Blind Banister

BRYCE DESSNER:
Wires
with Bryce Dessner as soloist

POST CONCERT:
Lanzendorf
Join us in the Taft Ballroom

Discussions moderated by William Robin with Bryce Dessner and the composers pre-concert on Friday and Saturday in the Ballroom. 

PROGRAM NOTES

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Be a part of history with the U.S. premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Wires, a chamber concerto for electric guitar. You may know more of Dessner’s work than you think—Bryce is a member of The National and recently composer the score for smash film The Revenant. Hear his Wires live at MusicNOW, and preview it here:

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Composer Andrew Norman wrote his Grawemeyer Award-winning and “wildly innovative” composition Play… backwards. About Play: “In three movements, Play explores the relationship of choice and chance, free will and control. It investigates the ways musicians in an orchestra can play with, against, or apart from one another; and maps concepts from the world of video gaming onto traditional symphonic structures to tell a fractured narrative of power, manipulation, deceit and, ultimately, cooperation.”

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Matthias Pintscher conducts this year’s MusicNOW Festival, which also features Pintscher’s own composition idyll for orchestra. Pintscher describes idyll as “a music of great brightness and lightness… supported by perspective and hope. As in a dream of being a bird or being weightless, it is about a longing for lightness, about visions of light, inspiration and clear forms.” 

Pianist and composer Timo Andres presents his Pulitzer Prize-nominated composition The Blind Banister; Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan performs works from her new recording, At Swim, backed by The National’s Aaron Dessner.

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Venue: Taft Theatre

317 East 5th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202

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