Tue January 15th, 2013
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 6:30PM
Show Time: 7:30PM
Event Ticket: $15
Day of Show: $20
free for members
GRAND BAND memorializes the groundbreaking Dutch composer’s life with a performance of his most famous work, the epic Canto Ostinato.
Grand Band performs Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato, the sprawling minimalist masterpiece for multiple pianos in a concert at (le) poisson rouge memorializing the composer’s recent death. The evening-length work is a complex tapestry of repetitive layers strung together in a flexible structure, ensuring that no two performances are alike– in the words of Ton van Asseldonk, his ‘compositions are not just single works, but rather a collection of an infinite number of compositions, all hidden in a single written code.’ With this performance of his most famous work, the six pianists of Grand Band pay homage to this creative genius who was at his best when writing for multiple pianos.
A b o u t t h e C o m p o s e r
SIMEON ten HOLT was a Dutch composer who developed his own approach to minimalism, often using modular techniques to create flexible, organic structures that give performers a hand in crafting the form of each specific performance. These structural characteristics have led some to describe his music as ‘post-modernist’ and to emphasize its special place among (or alongside) works by other groundbreaking composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. ten Holt gravitated towards the piano, and often wrote for ensembles of multiple pianos, resulting in a wealth of repertoire for this increasingly popular instrumentation.Canto Ostinato, composed in 1976, was a turning-point for the composer, and considered an important event in Dutch musical history of the twentieth century. It was the subject of the documentary Over Canto and remains his most popular work. Simeon ten Holt died November 25, 2012 in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, at the age of 89.
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s Concert Window channel, beginning at 7:30pm.
Grand Band (Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell): performing Simeon ten Holt’s “Canto Ostinato”
GRAND BAND is NYC’s New Music Piano Sextet. This unique ensemble has been described as ‘the Traveling Wilburys of the city’s new-music piano scene’ by the New York Times and a ‘supergroup of soloists’ (The Glass) and has garnered praise for delivering electrifying performances of new and contemporary music for six pianos. Making its debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon in a headlining performance of Steve Reich’s epic Six Pianos, the ensemble has been in increasing demand. Following a performance at (le) poisson rouge last summer, the New York Times declared that Grand Band consists of ‘six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene’ and that the group was a ‘rousing new ensemble.’
GRAND BAND is:
VICKY CHOW is the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars. She performs around the world as soloist & chamber musician and has been called a ‘new star of new music’ by the LA Times.
DAVID FRIEND’s playing has been described as ‘astonishingly compelling’ (Washington Post), ‘magical’ (NY Concert Review) & ‘enlivening’ (NYTimes). He maintains a busy schedule of performances with new music groups in NYC & abroad.
PAUL KEREKES is a composer & pianist who WQXR describes as ‘striking…ecstatic…dramatic.’ Currently pursuing graduate work at Yale, he has worked with top figures in new music as both composer & pianist.
BLAIR MCMILLEN is an indispensable force in the new music community in NYC. Highly regarded as both chamber musician & soloist, the NY Times’ Anthony Tommasini declares: ‘When played by the formidable Mr. McMillen, any piece sounds terrific.’
LISA MOORE was the founding pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and is a renowned soloist & chamber musician. She has released 7 solo & over 30 collaborative discs and performed around the world with groups such as Steve Reich & Musicians, London Sinfonietta, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
ISABELLE O’CONNELL ‘the young Irish piano phenom’ (New Yorker), has performed as soloist and chamber musician
across North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. A member of Crash ensemble, her solo album RESERVOIR features new music from Ireland.