Argento Chamber Ensemble

New Year, New Music – Week 2

Friday, May 9, 7:30 PM | Sunday, May 11, 4:00 PM

Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, New York
Subway: B/D/F to Rockefeller Center; 6 to 51st Street; E/M to 5 Avenue
Admission free, no reservation necessary

Argento’s three weekends of concerts at the Austrian Cultural Forum showcase creativity through juxtapositions of emerging American composers and Viennese masters.

In Week 2, Argento presents five fresh compositions by emerging American Composers against the backdrop of the new, intensely distilled chamber arrangement of Arnold Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra by Kimmy Szeto. The program features a world premiere by Jon Forshee, a leading composer in the world of electro-acoustic music, and pieces by recent Naumberg Prize winner and Fromm Commission recipient Hannah Lash, Rome Prize winner Huck Hodge, featured resident Argento composer Michael Klingbeil, and an installation work by Jeff Brown, a young American in working in Switzerland.

Brooklyn-based BrewHeister debuts his latest creations as composers join the musicians on stage after the performances to discuss their works and pressing concerns of contemporary classical music.

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Program 2

Friday, May 9, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 11, 4:00 PM

Arnold Schoenberg – Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
World premiere arrangement for chamber ensemble by Kimmy Szeto

Michael Klingbeil – Vers la courbe for piano and electronics

Hannah Lash – Friction, Pressure, Impact for cello and piano

Jonathan Forshee – Supine for two violins
World premiere

Huck Hodge – Efflux for violin and clarinet

Jeff Brown – Motion Harmony #3 for percussion and three pendulums

Discussion with composers follows the concert
Ales and lagers by the BrewHeister



This concert series has been made possible by the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, the Fritz Reiner Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 Counties.





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