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June 08, 2016

Lincoln Center Festival 2016 Music Advisory

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LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL 2016

MUSIC ADVISORY

 

Paradise Interrupted, an opera in one act
by Huang Ruo
July 13, 15, and 16

 

Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra
July 15–16

 

Reich/Reverberations

July 16, 19, and 21

 

Wang Li & Wu Wei

July 23

 

So Percussion: Trilogy

July 28–30

 

Paradise Interrupted, an opera in one act

Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00 pm; Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street)

Opening Lincoln Center Festival on July 13 is the one-act opera, Paradise Interrupted, a Lincoln Center Festival co-commission, which fuses and reimagines the biblical story of Eve’s search for utopia after being expelled from the Garden of Eden with an episode from the Kun opera, The Peony Pavilion, dating from 1598.  Created by Chinese American composer Huang Ruo and visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma, known to global audiences for her work on the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it stars acclaimed Kun opera soprano Qian Yi, who so memorably made her New York debut in the marathon production of The Peony Pavilion at Lincoln Center Festival 99.

 

Joining her onstage is a vocal quartet consisting of tenor (Yi Li), countertenor (John Holiday), baritone (Joo Won Kang), and bass baritone (Ao Li), who sing in a tonally based Western idiom. Wen-Pin Chien leads a chamber orchestra mixing Western and Chinese instruments in a score written by Chinese American composer Huang Ruo that is a continuation of Kun opera tradition and yet, entirely new. 

 

Music by Huang Ruo

Directed and Designed by Jennifer Wen Ma

Libretto by Ji Chao, Jennifer Wen Ma, Huang Ruo, and Qian Yi

Inspired by Tang Xian Zu’s text

Conducted by Wen-Pin Chien

Cast:

Qian Yi, soprano

Yi Li, tenor

John Holiday, countertenor

Joo Won Kang, baritone

Ao Li, bass-baritone

Sung in Mandarin with English supertitles

Running time: 80 minutes, no intermission

 

Paradise Interrupted is co-commissioned and co-produced by Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, and Singapore International Festival of Arts with the generous support of  Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang—Tang Family Foundation.

 

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Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra

Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 pm

David Geffen Hall (Broadway and 64th Street)

Charismatic Balkan superstar Goran Bregovic and his raucous Wedding and Funeral Orchestra return for their third Lincoln Center Festival visit — two boisterous concerts in which he will serve as catalyst and ringmaster in a musical spectacle unlike any other.  They will perform music from his scores for such films as Arizona Dreams, Queen Margot, Underground, Songs from Weddings and Funerals, and his opera, Karmen with a Happy End, as well as the recordings Alkohol and Champagne for Gypsies.

 

Composer, Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals: Goran Bregovic  

 

Gypsy Brass Band        Vocals, Goc (traditional drum)   Muharem Redžepi

                                      First Trumpet, Bokan Stankovic

                                      Second Trumpet,   Dragic Velickovic

                                      Saxophone, Clarinet   Stojan Dimov

                                      First Trombone, Glockenspiel   Aleksandar Rajkovic         

                                      Second Trombone, Miloš Mihajlovic

 

 

Bulgarian Voices            Soprano,   Ludmila Radkova-Traykova

                                       Mezzo-Soprano,   Daniela Radkova-Aleksandrova

 

Sextet of Male Voices    First Tenor,   Dejan Pešic

                                       Second Tenor,   Milan Panic, Ranko Jovic

                                       Baritone,   Aleksandar Novakovic

                                       Bass,   Dušan Ljubinkovic, Siniša Dutina

 

String Quartet                 First Violin,   Ivana Matejic

                                       Second Violin,   Bojana Jovanovic-Jotic

                                       Viola,   Saša Mirkovic

                                       Cello,   Tatjana Jovanovic-Mirkovic

 

Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes, no intermission

 

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Reich/Reverberations

July 16–21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

The iconic and pioneering American composer Steve Reich, who was the focus of a multi-genre performance series at Lincoln Center Festival 99, returns for this summer’s festival, with Reich/Reverberations, three concerts highlighting classic chamber music works from across his career. Some of New York’s leading contemporary music ensembles—So Percussion, JACK Quartet, and Ensemble Signal conducted by Brad Lubman—will perform a selection of Reich’s most famous chamber works including Drumming, Different Trains (Grammy Award 1989), the Pulitzer Prize?winning Double Sextet, and Music for 18 Musicians (Grammy Award 1998), widely considered a masterpiece of American minimalism and “a landmark of 20th-century music” (The Guardian).

 

July 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Steve Reich: Drumming (1970 –71)

Alice Tully Hall (Broadway at 65th Street)

So Percussion and friends: Yumi Tamashiro, David Degge, Evan Chapman, Victor Caccesse, Jude Traxler

Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes, no intermission

 

July 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Steve Reich: Triple Quartet (1998), WTC 9/11 (2010), Different Trains (1988)

The Appel Room (Time Warner Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street)

Ensemble Signal

Brad Lubman, conductor

JACK Quartet

Running time: 1 hour 17 minutes, with one intermission

 

July 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Steve Reich: Double Sextet (2007, Pulitzer Prize), Music for 18 Musicians (1974­?76)

One performance, the Appel Room (Time Warner Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street)

Ensemble Signal

Brad Lubman, conductor

Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes, no intermission

 

Performance followed by onstage discussion with Lincoln Center Festival director Nigel Redden and Steve Reich.

 

The Lincoln Center Festival 2016 presentation of Reich/Reverberations is made possible in part by generous support from the Gladys Krieble Deimas Foundation.

 

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Wang Li & Wu Wei (first joint U.S. appearance)

Saturday, July 23 at 8:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (165 West 65th Street, 10th floor)

Lincoln Center Festival 2016 will present the first duo U.S. appearance of musicians Wang Li (kouxiang, or jew’s harp) and Wu Wei (sheng)—two Chinese artists who marry ancient and modern musical traditions in surprising and novel ways—in the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for one night only. 

 

Wang Li, kouxiang, or jew’s harp, & calabash flute

Wu Wei, sheng

Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

 

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So Percussion: Trilogy

July 28–30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Three Performances, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (165 West 65th Street, 10th floor)

Over three nights in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, So Percussion, comprised of percussionists Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting, with their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), will guide listeners through the thrilling and sensuous sound world they’ve created with works by composers John Cage, Bryce Dessner, Cenk Ergun, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, Steve Reich, Dan Trueman, and Iannis Xenakis.

 

Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 pm

Steven Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood

Bryce Dessner: Music or Wood and Strings

David Lang: The so-called laws of nature

Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes, with one intermission

 

Friday, July 29 at 8:00 pm

Iannis Xenakis: Metaux from Pleaides

Cenk Ergun: Proximity

Dan Trueman: Neither Anvil nor Pulley

Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes, with one intermission

Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 pm

John Cage: Third Construction

Paul Lansky: Threads

Steven Mackey: It Is Time

Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes, with one intermission

 

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Tickets: Lincoln Center Festival packages are on sale at LincolnCenterFestival.org or the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices, or at CenterCharge, 212.721.6500.

 

Lincoln Center Festival lead support is provided by American Express.

 

Lincoln Center Festival 2016 is also made possible by The Shubert Foundation, Nancy A. Marks, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, The Joelson Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group), Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Sharp Fund PLD at The New York Community Trust, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

 

Public support for Lincoln Center Festival 2016 is provided the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts.

 

Endowment support is provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Nancy Abeles Marks.

 

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center

 

American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center

 

Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center

 

NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center

 

“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by Diet Pepsi

 

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