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Miller Theatre Welcomes Percussion Legend Steven Schick in Solo Program, Now thru 2/1

Miller Theatre Welcomes Percussion Legend Steven Schick in Solo Program, Now thru 2/1

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts presents a three-part special event STEVEN SCHICK: SOLO, a portrait of an artist and an art form that have grown up together. Percussion legend Steven Schick celebrates with two epic solo concerts and a "Town Hall" of percussion talk.

Tonight, January 30, 2014, at 8 p.m. will be ORIGINS (1959-1989) - the birth of the solo percussion genre, featuring Stockhausen, Feldman, Xenakis, Globokar, Lachenmann and Lucier.

On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. will be RESPONSES (1991-2014), featuring works Schick has commissioned and premiered over 30 years, including those by Lang, Gordon, Saariaho, John Luther Adams, Ferneyhough, Aguilar and Applebaum, plus world premieres by Lei Liang and Nathan Davis.

And just added, on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 3 p.m. will be CONVERSATION: Percussion in the 21st Century. Steven Schick moderates a discussion with Kaija Saariaho, Stefon Harris, Aiyun Huang, Adam Sliwinski.

All events at Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). All-Access Pass: $50 • Single Tickets: $25-$35; Students with valid ID: $15-$21. All-Access Pass includes prime seating for both concerts plus an invitation to the special conversation event with Schick on January 31.

From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey: "Steven Schick has been a constant source of musical vitality on Miller's stage for many seasons, both as a performer and conductor. Schick is an absolute authority on solo percussion and his passion for the genre brings an infectious energy to his performance. In dedicating ourselves to celebrating this unique art form through two concerts and a special event, I Hope Miller Theatre can become a hub of discussion for percussion lovers throughout the city and the Northeast."Watch this new Miller Theatre video with Steven Schick

STEVEN SCHICK: SOLO: Right around the time of Steven Schick's sixth birthday, Karlheinz Stockhausen put into print a new piece that would change Schick's life, and that of percussionists around the world. With Zyklus, Stockhausen established the genre of solo percussion music. In this three-part percussion extravaganza, Schick takes listeners on a virtuoso tour of the form's birth and explosive growth over the past six decades-a musical development that has paralleled his own growth as an artist.


The first night at Miller Theatre, entitled ORIGINS, presents some of the earliest composed percussion solos. It features Karlheinz Stockhausen's 1959 classic Zyklus-the first solo for specified percussion instruments, which Schick says "has the gravitas of a Beethoven sonata." ORIGINS also features early solo percussion works by modernist giants Morton Feldman, Iannis Xenakis, Helmut Lachenmann, and Alvin Lucier. These composers staked out new territory, creating sound, structures, and methods of notation that profoundly changed perceptions about how classical music could be written. In essence, the percussion solo was at the very front of the avant-garde.

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Nr. 9 Zyklus (1959)
Morton Feldman: The King of Denmark (1964)
Helmut Lachenmann: Interieur I (1966)
Vinko Globokar: Toucher (1972)
Iannis Xenakis: Psappha (1975)
Alvin Lucier: Silvers Streetcar for the Orchestra (1982)
Vinko Globokar: Corporel (1982)
Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds (1989)

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