Anyone who thinks that straightened circumstances of a still sluggish economy have dampened the ambitions of concert presenters need look no further than Philadelphia to see a sublime idea at work.
Bowerbird, a Philly-based non-profit, is mounting “American Sublime,” a seven concert festival devoted to the works of New York School composer Morton Feldman (1926-’87). The concerts run from June 4-12, with ticket prices ranging from free to $20.
A M E R I C A N S U B L I M E A T – A – G L A N C E
Saturday, June 4 (8 pm)
Triadic Memories (1981)
Marilyn Nonken, solo piano
Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street, Phila. | Tickets: $10 – $20
Presented with Congregation Rodeph Shalom. Reception by Café Olam to follow.
Sunday, June 5 (7 pm)
It Started on Eighth Street
JACK Quartet: John Pickford Richards, viola; Ari Streisfeld, violin
Christopher Otto, violin; Kevin McFarland, cello
John Cage, String Quartet in Four Parts
Anton Webern, Six Bagatelles, Op. 9
Earle Brown, String Quartet
Morton Feldman, Structures
ICEBox at CraneArts,1400 N American Street, Phila. | Tickets: $15 general admission
Presented with New Music at Crane Arts. Reception to follow.
Wednesday, June 8 (8 pm)
Palais de Mari (1987)
Gordon Beeferman, solo piano
plus readings of Samuel Beckett and Frank O’Hara texts
Biello Martin Studio,148 North 3rd Street, Phila.
Tickets: $20 general admission (includes food and drink)
Admission limited to only 30 people.
Friday, June 10 (5 pm – 8:45 pm)
(5:45 pm) A tribute to Morton Feldman by Zs
(7:15 pm) Three Voices (1982)
Joan LaBarbara, voice
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Phila.
Saturday, June 11
(3 pm) Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981)
Amy Williams, piano; Jonathan Golove, cello
(8pm) Crippled Symmetry (1983)
Either/Or: Richard Carrick, piano and celeste;
David Shively, percussion; Jane Rigler, flutes
Sunday, June 12 (2pm)
String Quartet No. 2 (1983)
FLUX Quartet: Tom Chiu, violin; Conrad Harris, violin;
Max Mandel, viola; Felix Fan, cello