Argento Chamber Ensemble

New Year, New Music

Week 1 – The Sonic Experience

Friday, May 2, 7:30 PM | Sunday, May 4, 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

The works of Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas has become a mainstay in New York City since Argento gave the U.S. premiere of his monumental work in vain in 2009. In tonight’s U.S. premiere of für Hans Landesmann, Haas tests the outer reaches of the overtone series and the human experience of microintervals. Alvin Lucier’s seminal and influential work In Memoriam Jon Higgins searches for a contrasting experience through pairing an oscillator with a clarinet. Arthur Kampela‘s  Phalanges attempts to showcase new extended techniques for the harp and complex rhythmic principles derived from its composer’s micro-metric modulation theory. Anton Webern’s extreme compression of musical materials pairs with the transparent and expressionistic Mouthpiece XIXb, a new version Erin Gee specially created for this Argento performance.

Discussion with Haas, Gee, and Kampela follows the concert. 

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Program 1

Friday, May 2, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 4, 4:00 PM

Georg Friedrich Haas – für Hans Landesmann for large ensemble

Arthur Kampela – Phalanges for solo harp

Erin Gee – Mouthpiece XIXb for voice and ensemble
World premiere

Alvin Lucier – In Memoriam Jon Higgins for clarinet and oscillator

Anton Webern – Two Songs on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, Op. 8
Sharon Harms, soprano

Anton Webern – Six Songs on poems by Georg Trakl, Op. 14
Sharon Harms, soprano

Discussion with composers follows the concert



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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