Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Plus Adam Rosenblatt

By: Mar. 14, 2019

Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Plus Adam Rosenblatt

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) continues its Spring 2019 season on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30pm with a performance by St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble +Adam Rosenblatt, percussionist, at BAC's Jerome Robbins Theater (450 W. 37th Street). Rosenblatt will perform Belgian composer Thierry de Mey's theatrical and dramatic piece Light Music, in which movements and gestures produce light and sound through interactive technology. This interdisciplinary solo performance will be bookended by Viennese classics - Joseph Haydn's festive Divertimento for Strings from 1754 and Joseph Lanner's charming 19th century waltzes, performed by the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. These virtuosic musicians make up the artistic core of the renowned Orchestra of St. Luke's - who share the performing arts complex with BAC at 450 W. 37th Street.

This combination of the old and new is an unusual approach to concert programming but is typical of BAC's music offerings, which often juxtapose contrasting pieces to allow even familiar works to be seen in a new light. The Haydn and Lanner on this concert were both likely scored for festive occasions - Haydn's Divertimento, written when he was 22, is a precursor to the lively music he would later compose for the wealthy Esterházy family's many occasions. Lanner was an Austrian dance music composer, and dance orchestra conductor. He is best known known for transforming the Viennese waltz from peasant dance into a dance for high society. Neither the Haydn nor the Lanner include a cello in the instrumentation, presumably because the musicians were all meant to stand at the parties for which these works were originally composed.

In contrast, the only instruments used in Thierry de Mey's 2004 work Light Music are percussionist Adam Rosenblatt's hands, which pass through light and trigger electronically created sounds, using motion sensors. Rosenblatt explains in Johns Hopkins University's Hub, "If the camera senses your hand in a certain quadrant of its visual space, it will trigger certain sounds. Moving quickly triggers a different sound. And it all depends on the section of the piece and what the composer chose, but it's all composed and it's all planned, even the gestures and the choreography."

The performance will run 60 minutes with no intermission.


J. Haydn: Divertimento for 2 violins, 2 violas, and bass, Hob. II:2 (1754)
Thierry de Mey: Light Music for soloist, projections, and interactive systems (2004)
J. Lanner: Marie's Waltz for 2 violins, viola, and bass, op. 143 (1839)
J. Lanner: The Romantics for 2 violins, viola, and bass, op. 167 (1841)

Baltimore-based percussionist and performer Adam Rosenblatt has a penchant for finding interesting and uncommon ways to present and perform contemporary music. He has a keen interest for growing an interdisciplinary performance practice, believing that a mix of media and art forms can speak more directly and powerfully to our current context. He frequently performs with such groups as the Ictus Ensemble in Brussels, Belgium, and Trinity Wall Street's NOVUS NY, and is a founding member of percussion trio QuaQuaQua and mixed ensemble Something Out There, both of which focus on the ambiguous space between musical and theatrical performance. He has recently performed in such varied venues as The Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece; Berghain in Berlin with experimental electronic duo Matmos; The Banff Centre for the Arts as part of the Concerts in the 21st Century residency; and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium to perform a work for drumset, electronics, and motion sensors for school children. His interest in interdisciplinary performance has led him to collaborate with dancers and choreographers on several occasions, including the In Vivo Danse workshop through IRCAM's Manifeste festival, and in Rosas dance company's production of Drumming Live. He has premiered many works by emerging composers in venues such as Gare du Nord in Basel, Het Veem in Amsterdam, the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, and Q-O2 in Brussels. With Something Out There, Rosenblatt recently co-developed and performed in new productions in Moers, Germany, and Paris and Orleans, France. He has worked closely with such composers as David Lang, Thierry de Mey, Martin Bresnick, and James Wood. Rosenblatt earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music, both under the tutelage of Robert van Sice. Through grants from the Flemish Government, the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, and the Belgian American Education Foundation, Rosenblatt performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ictus and Spectra Ensembles in Belgium as part of their Advanced Masters academy program. He is currently an artist in residence at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) grew from a group of virtuoso musicians performing chamber music concerts at Greenwich Village's Church of St. Luke in the Fields in 1974. Now in its 44th season, the Orchestra performs diverse musical genres at New York's major concert venues, and has collaborated with artists ranging from Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Bono and Metallica. In 2018 internationally celebrated expert in 18th-century music Bernard Labadie became OSL's Principal Conductor, continuing the Orchestra's long tradition of working with proponents of historical performance practice. OSL's signature programming includes a subscription series presented by Carnegie Hall, now in its 32nd season; an annual summer residency at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; and a chamber music series featuring appearances at The Morgan Library & Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

Leadership support for music programming provided by the Thompson Family Foundation.


BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov to build an arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC's opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world. BAC's activities encompass a robust residency program augmented by a range of professional services, including commissions of new work, as well as the presentation of performances by artists at varying stages of their careers. In tandem with its commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at affordable ticket prices. For more information, please visit

Baryshnikov Arts Center is grateful for the support of its generous individual and institutional annual fund donors in 2017-­­-2019.

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