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Washington D.C. Festival Celebrating Dutch Composer Louis Andriessen Set for April 6-13, 2014

Tuesday, April 8 (7:30 PM): Cristina Zavalloni, Monica Germino, Andrea Rebaudengo (North Bethesda, MD)

Three expert interpretors of Andriessen's work -- Cristina Zavalloni (voice), Monica Germino (violin), and Andrea Rebaudengo (piano) -- come together for an intimate evening of Andriessen's chamber music, alongside music by composers who have influenced him. Zavalloni, for whom the piece was written, sings Letters from Cathy; Germino performs an encore of XENIA; Rebaudengo performs Base, for piano left hand. They round out the program with John Cage's 1950 work, Six Melodies, for violin and keyboard, an art song from Stravinsky (The owl and the pussycat), and Beatles Songs, Andriessen's arrangements of songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Wednesday, April 9 (8:00 PM): Andriessen's Piano/Andriessen's Jazz (Washington, D.C.)

This program draws on two parallel threads from Andriessen's work-his writing for piano and the influence of jazz-offering D.C.-area audiences a first listen to three U.S. premieres. The first half of the program features Great Noise Ensemble pianists Molly Orlando and Francesca Hurstperforming Image de Moreau, a piano collection that spans Andriessen's entire career. Atlas's new music and jazz programs collide for the second half of the concert, with Brad Linde Ensemble's tour of Andriessen's eclectic and unusual approach to jazz: The Family Revisited, a suite arrangement of a film score Andriessen wrote early in his career, Monument for Graettinger, On Jimmy Yancey, an ode to the boogie-woogie pianist, and That Happens in Vietnam. Presented by Atlas Performing Arts Center. Estimated duration: 75-90 minutes.

Friday, April 11 (8:00 PM): Andriessen and Friends: Bang on a Can All-Stars (Washington, D.C.)

Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe-perhaps Andriessen's most prominent protégés-bring their two-decade relationship with the honored composer to a program focused on music for and from the collective, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Representing the new is Andriessen's recent work, Life, a four-movement piece composed for the All-Stars, with films by Marijke van Warmerdam. Representing the old is Workers Union, perhaps Andriessen's most well-known work. Gordon, Lang, and Wolfe contribute pieces to the program, along with a piece by the late Steve Martland, whose inclusion also serves as a memorial after his sudden passing last year. Presented by Atlas Performing Arts Center. Duration: 120 minutes.

Saturday, April 12 (8:00 PM): La Girò: EDGE Ensemble and Wind Ensemble featuring Monica Germino (Winchester, VA)

Shenandoah Conservatory, a growing center for new music in the capital region, takes the baton to present the regional premiere of Andriessen's most recent major work, La Girò, a violin concerto for Monica Germino. The Conservatory's new music troupe, EDGE Ensemble(directed by David T. Little and conducted here by Damon Talley), joins for La Girò and performs two other signature Andriessen works: Bells for Haarlem (for two pianos and two percussionists) and Hout, an aggressive piece for tenor saxophone, marimba, guitar and piano. TheShenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble (under the direction and baton of Damon Talley) complements the program with Ides March by New York-based composer/clarinetest Derek Bermel (award-winning former student of Louis Andriessen) and Junk Pop by Shenandoah's own composition faculty member Ruby Fulton, expert on Minimalism and contemporary mavericks.

Sunday, April 13 (3:00 PM): Louis Andriessen: Complete String Quartets (Winchester, VA)

Praised by The Strad Magazine for "high-octane" performances, the Aeolus Quartet (currently in residence at Juilliard) returns to Shenandoah University to tackle Andriessen's complete string quartets plus Raadsels Riddle for solo violin and La Voce for solo cello. Though Andriessen is perhaps better known for large mixed ensemble pieces, his three string quartets-whether amplified or acoustic-offer an interesting and unusual cross-section of his output, spanning three decades. Duration: 60 minutes.


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