CORNELL CONCERT SERIES RECOMMENDS

Thursday, May 13, 7:30 pm ET: Bang on a Can, BOMB Magazine & the Jewish Museum present Steve Reich & Amy Sillman. A conversation between the composer and the Brooklyn-based painter—who happen to be cousins—plus performances of two Reich classics. Guitarist Mark Stewart, a longstanding member of Reich’s touring ensemble, will perform Electric Counterpoint, for solo electric guitar and 12 backing pre-recorded guitar tracks. Percussionist David Cossin, also a veteran of Reich’s touring ensemble, offers his treatment of Reich’s Piano Phase(redubbed Piano Phase/Video Phase), in which Cossin performs the two piano parts with percussion midi-triggers, allowing us to see the actual structure of the piece as it unfolds. View here.

Saturday, May 15, 7:30 pm ET: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents Truth is of No Color. Paying tribute to the art of music and spoken word, with poems written by Langston Hughes weaved into two works by composers Valerie Coleman and RPO’s own Herb Smith. In partnership with Avenue Blackbox Theatre. View here until June 27.

Monday, May 17, 5:30 pm ET: American Symphony Orchestra presents ASO Salutes NYC/USA, Jazz Ensemble. Live from Bryant Park Fountain Terrace, a jazz ensemble salutes U.S. healthcare workers who have made it possible for New Yorkers to experience live music once again. The program, including works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington, and Chick Corea, among others, celebrates composers who have defined the sound of this vibrant city. View here. LIVE

Jeremy Denk

November 11, 2020

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Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and in recent seasons has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as on tour with Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

For his episode on the Cornell Concert Series Fall 2020 Season, Jeremy Denk presents a discussion on “writing elitism out of classical music.” Noting how tone in written and verbal communication can become an obstacle to appreciating music, Denk detours around usual avenues of musical discussion in an examination of pieces by Mozart and Clara Schumann. 

Denk is also known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” He wrote the libretto for Steven Stucky’s comic opera The Classical Style, and his writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, The Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. One of his New Yorker contributions, “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” forms the basis of a book for future publication by Random House in the US, and Macmillan in the UK.

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