2017/2018 Season

THE 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON


MADNESS 'ROUND MIDNIGHT
Part of the 2017 Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts

George Crumb – Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music) (2001)
Marcantonio Barone, piano

Peter Maxwell Davies – Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969)  
Randall Scarlata, baritone; Jayce Ogren, conductor

Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music), the composer’s ruminations on the jazz classic ‘Round Midnight by Thelonius Monk, will feature Orchestra 2001 pianist Marcantonio Barone, chosen by Crumb to record this piece last year. Barone’s dramatic interpretation, with extended techniques both on the keyboard and inside the piano, highlights the nine-movement piece that quotes Debussy, Wagner and Strauss, and includes a dramatic “counting off” of the hours until midnight.

The one-hour program ends with a staged encore performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic 1969 monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, a powerful and daring portrayal of King George III’s madness at the end of his life. Acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata reprises his theatrical, tour de force role of King George in this rarely heard, cult contemporary music classic.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
10:00 PM 
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

$25 Standard / $15 Students & under 25 (with ID)


ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND continues!  
Enjoy free concerts featuring music by Composer/Conservationist John Luther Adams in Philadelphia Green Spaces, made possible by a "New Audiences/New Places" grant from the William Penn Foundation.

INUKSUIT, at Schuylkill Banks Park

Described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece,” and by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “One of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life,” John Luther Adams’ INUKSUIT is played by dozens of percussionists and piccolo players dispersed in large outdoor areas, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shell horns, sirens, gongs, bells, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017  
(September 24 raindate)
12:00 PM, Noon 
https://www.schuylkillbanks.org/
FREE & family friendly public performance 

ACROSS THE DISTANCE, at Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfornt

Across the Distance is an immersive new work by John Luther Adams for multiple horn players. This performance will be a Philadelphia premiere!

OCTOBER 2017 (DATE TBA)
http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/race-street-pier

FREE & family friendly public performance 


Steven Mackey's SLIDE with actor/singer Rinde Eckert

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017 - Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017 - Venice Island Arts Center, Manayunk, Philadelphia
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - National Sawdust, Brooklyn, New York City


Frank Zappa's THE YELLOW SHARK

The Philadelphia Premiere of Zappa's contemporary classical masterpiece, plus music by composers who influenced him most.

APRIL 2018 (Dates TBA) - World Cafe Downstairs & The Fillmore


MORE CONCERTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!