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David Lang’s six-concert series COLLECTED STORIES runs April 22–29 at Zankel Hall
From April 22 to April 29, David Lang, holder of Carnegie Hall‘s 2013-2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, guides concertgoers through collected stories, a series in which six distinct themes are explored over six Zankel Hall performances, all at 6:00 p.m. and all curated by Mr. Lang. These multi-genre concerts—entitled hero, spirit, love/loss, travel, (post)folk, and memoir—showcase different modes of storytelling across a wide variety of music, from medieval Beowulf to conceptual John Cage, and include world premieres of new music by Lang, Kate Moore, and Kaki King, all commissioned by Carnegie Hall.
In Lang’s own words, “The series divides up the narrative world into topics so we can see how the music changes from subject to subject. Music from different cultures, times, environments, and sound worlds, plus some really exciting commissions, are placed next to each other, highlighting their narrative similarities and telling a larger kind of story about how we listen, experience sound and time, and use music to make sense of the world around us.”
Works and artists featured as part of collected stories: Harry Partch’s The Wayward performed by Harry Partch Institute Ensemble; Arvo Pärt’s Passio featuring tenor Nicholas Phan, baritone Dashon Burton, and early music group TENET; music by Julia Wolfe and others performed by Ensemble Signal; Nico Muhly‘s The Only Tune performed by the composer on electronics, vocalist and banjo player Sam Amidon, and violist Nadia Sirota; soprano Kiera Duffy in the US premiere of No. 42 In the Alps by Richard Ayres, plus Donnacha Dennehy’s Grá agus Bás by Alarm Will Sound; and John Cage‘s Indeterminacy and 27’10.554″ performed by actor Paul Lazar and percussionist Steven Schick. Other highlights include performances by storyteller and medieval harpist Benjamin Bagby, pianist Louis Lortie, alternative hip-hop duo The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson), Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu, Irish folk singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, and violinist Augustin Hadelich, who concludes the series performing the world premiere of Lang’s mystery sonatas.