Yesterday’s concert, Consonant Abstraction, organized by David Lang with a guest appearance by Steve Reich, was a mix of thrilling music and thought-provoking conversation. You can listen to it here. The second concert in this pair will take place next Monday, March 4th, at 6pm. Entitled Dissonant Abstraction, it will bring together music composed by Arnold Schoenberg and Morton Feldman, performed by alumni musicians of the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA.
This concert has not sold out yet, so hurry!
Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich
In conjunction with Inventing Abstraction, the renowned music group Bang on a Can and one of its co-founders, the Pulitzer-prize winning composer David Lang will present two concerts that explore the legacy of modern music from the period of the exhibition. Each concert pairs two composers: an early 20th century innovator and a New Yorker he inspired. The first evening in the series features works by Claude Debussy and Steve Reich. The program will feature a rare performance of the chamber ensemble arrangement of Debussy’s landmark orchestra piece Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, which was made by one of Schoenberg’s students for his private performing society in Vienna; plus two Reich classics, Electric Counterpoint and Different Trains.
While tickets to this performance at The Museum of Modern Art are sold out, you can hear it live on WQXR (New York public radio) today February 26 at 6 pm CET.