December 14, 2013, 8pm
at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13 Street, NYC
tickets $15/students $10
Sofia Gubaidulina: Dancer on a Tightrope, for violin and piano (1995)
Cenk Ergün: Dolce Far Niente, for violin and piano (2013)
Gilad Cohen: Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello and Ruminating Harp (2010)
Alexander Goehr: Manere, Op. 81 for clarinet and violin (2008)
Anton Arensky: Quartet Op. 35 for violin, viola and two cellos (1894)
The superb performers are Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Ning Yu, piano, Miranda Cuckson, violin; Melissa Reardon, viola; Julia Bruskin, cello; Sophie Shao, cello; Sivan Magen, harp.
In Nunc’s spirit of combining the old with the new, this program presents works by two young composers, both doctoral candidates at Princeton University (Gilad Cohen and Cenk Ergün); two established, eminent figures (Sofia Gubaidulina and Alexander Goehr); and a musician from an earlier era (Anton Arensky). Composers are from Russia, Israel, Turkey and England/Germany. Several threads connect pieces on this program. One is the dramatic characterization of the instruments in the Gubaidulina and Cohen works, with each player taking on a vivid role in the musical scenario. Another is the use of sacred song: the Goehr is based on the Gregorian chant “sic eum volo manere” from the Roman Gradual, and the Arensky features both a Russian Orthodox psalm and Tchaikovsky’s song “Legend: Christ in his Garden” (as a memorial to the elder composer). Styles range from the dark Romanticism of Arensky to the graceful counterpoint of Goehr, the abstract immersion in sonorities of Ergün, and the flamboyant percussion of the Cohen and the Gubaidulina, including clapping and sounds using a glass and thimbles inside the piano.
Nunc is a non-profit music organization, directed by Miranda Cuckson and founded as “Transit Circle” in 2007. Nunc has given acclaimed concerts at well-known venues in New York and Chicago. Nunc concerts in 2014: Feb. 7/8 at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University (music by György Ligeti, Johannes Brahms, David Rakowski and Brian Ferneyhough); June 25 world premiere of a chamber opera by Michael Hersch at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), and Aug 15/17 concerts celebrating Mario Davidovsky’s 80th birthday at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Please see www.nuncmusic.org for more information.