Juilliard Concert I: New Music for Mixed Ensembles
Members and Alumni of The New Juilliard Ensemble: Joel Sachs, conductor; Jessica Han, flutes; Weixiong Wang, clarinets; Sam Budish, percussion; Naomi Causby, piano; Alex Shiosaki and Alexandrina Boyanova, violins; Jiwon Kim, viola; Jonathan Lo, cello
Sunday, July 7, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Titled New Music for New York, the series comprises four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night. Juilliard concerts are performed by members of The New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, who has assembled two distinctive programs of recent compositions, all of which are enjoying their New York premieres. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two up-and-coming jazz ensembles whose concerts emphasize original works, each with one world premiere.
Tonight's Musical Performance
Nigel Westlake (Australia, b. 1958)
Refractions at Summer Cloud Bay (1989)—Western hemisphere premiere
Refractions at Summer Cloud Bay, commissioned by the Australia Ensemble, was named Classical Composition of the Year by the Australian Performing Rights Association. The work is in four short movements, and, as Mr. Westell writes, “the title serves to suggest images of light on water, the sun’s rays dancing on the ocean, refracted light changing color at every moment.”
Ted Goldman (United States, b. 1983)
digidigidha (2011)—New York premiere
The composer writes, "Composing is like listening to many hypothetical pieces at once, where different versions compete to end up in the score. In digidigidha, these versions coexist—sometimes simultaneously—so what you hear is the counterpoint of possibilities that exist while composing." digidigidha was commissioned by the Banff Centre in Canada, where it premiered.
Joe Duddell (United Kingdom, b. 1972)
Grace Under Pressure (2007)—Western hemisphere premiere
Mr. Duddell writes: “Strong riffs (or motifs) can help audiences navigate their way through this piece. It is intended to be a ‘fun’ piece in the same way composers use the world ‘bagatelle’—something and nothing, and not to be seen as a profound statement.”
Reza Vali (Iran/United States, b. 1952)
Folk Songs—Set no. 15 (1999)—New York premiere
This is the 15th set in an ongoing cycle of Persian folk songs that Mr. Vali has been writing since 1978. Its seven movements are each composed in the style of an imaginary folk song, with thematic and motivic material that interrelates all the movements and reappears in the last movement as a summary of the entire composition.
Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden may close if attendance reaches maximum capacity. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to 90 minutes. The Sculpture Garden closes at 10:00 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, and the Museum’s 54 Street entrance will open at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden. The Garden Bar sells savory and sweet treats, including baguette sandwiches and homemade soft pretzels with dipping sauces, locally made gelato from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, refreshments are not available.
Major annual support for Summergarden is provided by The Ethel P. Shein Fund for Music at MoMA, which is generously funded by Agnes Gund and by Paul D. Shein and family, in memory of Ethel P. Shein.
For more live music at MoMA this summer, visit during MoMA Nights.