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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Sō Percussion and Friends

A Percussion Century
Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Sō Percussion by Evan Monroe Chapman
From pioneering percussion works by Varèse, Cage, and Reich to 21st-century music written expressly for this visionary ensemble, Sō Percussion takes you on a fascinating journey as only they can. “Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new” (The New York Times). Keep your enthusiasm blazing or kindle a new passion for this exciting music.

Part of: Zankel Sampler II

Performers

Sō Percussion
·· Eric Cha-Beach
·· Josh Quillen
·· Adam Sliwinski
·· Jason Treuting
Kasey Blezinger
Shelby Blezinger-McCay
David Degge
Petra Elek
Amy Garapic
Todd Meehan
Doug Perkins
Yumi Tamashiro
Clara Warnaar

Program

VARÈSE Ionisation

CHÁVEZ Largo from Toccata for Percussion Instruments

BEYER March for 30 Percussion Instruments

CAGE Third Construction

XENAKIS "Peaux" from Pléïades

DAVID LANG Part 3 from the so-called laws of nature

STEVE REICH Clapping Music

DAN TRUEMAN "120bpm" from neither Anvil nor Pulley

JULIA WOLFE Forbidden Love (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Pre-Concert Talk

Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM: Members of Sō Percussion and composer Julia Wolfe in conversation with Nadia Sirota, violist, curator, and host of Living Music.

Support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

Bios

Sō Percussion

With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern works, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and role of the modern percussion ensemble.

Sō’s ...

With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern works, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and role of the modern percussion ensemble.

Sō’s repertoire ranges from classics of the 20th century (John Cage, Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis) to commissions and new works by contemporary composers (David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Steven Mackey, Caroline Shaw) to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall (Shara Nova, choreographer Susan Marshall, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, The National, Bryce Dessner). The members of Sō
Percussion also compose and perform their own works (From Out a Darker Sea and Amid the Noise), employing a uniquely 21st-century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values, and visual art.

Season highlights include the Big Ears Festival; a Miller Theatre Composer Portrait event with composer-performer Caroline Shaw (with whom Sō has a new album due out later this season); performances of David Lang’s man made and Lully’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; and dates in Paris at the Cité de la Musique, in Klaip
ėdos, and across the US. In October 2019, Sō collaborated with choreographer John Heginbotham in a new ballet, RACECAR, which was performed in The Washington Ballet’s season-opening NEXTsteps production and featured the music of Jason Treuting. This season, Sō also celebrates its sixth year as Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at Princeton University and the 12th year of the Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI), an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for percussionists and composers. Sō also welcomes an album with indie pop duo Buke and Gase, and a New Amsterdam Records release of Songs That Are Hard to Sing, an octet by Dan Trueman written for and performed with the JACK Quartet (premiered by the two ensembles at Zankel Hall in March 2018).

Rooted in the belief that music is an effective tool in creating social bonds, agency, and citizenship, Sō Percussion enthusiastically pursues a growing range of social and community outreach. Examples include
Sō’s Brooklyn Bound presentations of younger composers; commitments to purchasing offsets to compensate for carbon-heavy activities such as touring travel; and leading their SōSI students in an annual food-packing drive, yielding up to 35,000 meals for the Mercer County Family Crisis Center through the organization End Hunger NE.

Sō Percussion uses Vic Firth sticks, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, Estey organs, and Pearl/Adams instruments. Sō would like to thank these companies for their generous support and donations. For more information, visit sopercussion.com.

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