The Miller Theatre Presents TOWER + BACH, 4/17
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2013-14 Bach, Revisited series with Tower + Bach on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Joan Tower intersperses her chamber music with movements of the 5th Brandenburg featuring the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.
Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at 116th Street)
Tickets: $25-$35 • Students with valid ID: $15-$21
From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey:
"We had a fantastic time working with Joan Tower and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble three years ago on our Composer Portraits series, and I'm delighted that they're returning to Miller for this concert. Joan's unique musical voice has earned her a well-deserved place amongst America's most important contemporary composers."
The Bach series has evolved over the years, encompassing both historically informed performances and modern interpretations, and offering listeners a wide variety of musical lenses through which to view Bach's masterful oeuvre. In its current incarnation, the Bach, Revisited series explores Bach's legacy and continuing influence on modern works, pairing Bach's work with that of contemporary composers. The 25th Anniversary Season lineup has a unique twist: three incredible living composers-Kaija Saariaho, Joan Tower, and Steve Reich-will curate programs pairing their own work with related, influential works of Bach. All three will also participate in onstage discussions about their selections.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Tower + Bach
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116 Street)
Written around 1720, Bach's Brandenburg concertos remained virtually unknown, tucked away on a library shelf, for more than a century before being published. Today, they number among the crowning achievements of Baroque instrumental writing. For her Bach series program, composer Joan Tower intersperses movements of the fifth concerto-for solo flute, violin, and harpsichord-with her own chamber music, including her trio Big Sky, an evocation of the awe-inspiring experience of riding through the Andes mountain range.