With Kate Soper (voice), Conrad Harris (violin), Tom Chiu (violin), and Petr Kotik (conductor)
The S.E.M. Ensemble, founded and directed by Petr Kotik, will present its annual Christmas concert at Paula Cooper Gallery’s main space in Chelsea on Tuesday, December 13 (8 pm). The program was designed to accommodate Mark di Suvero’s large sculpture exhibited in the gallery and will feature compositions for which the consideration of space is integral to their performances. The music will be performed around the artwork, with individual musicians or groups of players strategically placed in various parts of the room.
The concert will feature SEM in John Cage’s Atlas Eclipticalis (1961-62), performed simultaneously with Cage’s Fontana Mix and Aria (1958), and presented as a preview of the SEM Cage centennial concerts in 2012. Highlights will also include the New York premiere of Kate Soper’s cipher (2011); Luigi Nono’s “hay que caminar” soñando (1989) for two violins, performed by Conrad Harris and Tom Chiu; and Kotik’s Kontrabandt (1967), a four-channel work commissioned by the Electronic Music Studio of the West German Radio (WDR) in Cologne, Germany. Vocalist Kate Soper will be the soloist in Cage’s Aria as well as in her own work.
Since its first Christmas concert at Paula Cooper Gallery at midnight on December 24 1984, it has become a tradition for SEM to include an early music piece, and the December 13 program will also feature the Renaissance Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli whose music, designed for the unusual spatial configuration of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, requires musicians to be placed in various ends of the basilica’s gallery. SEM will perform two sections from his Sacrae Symphoniae (1597), scored for three consorts, performed here with brass and strings.
Petr Kotik: Kontrabandt
Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon a 12 and Canzon Quarti Toni
Kate Soper: cipher (2011) WORLD PREMIERE
Kate Soper, voice; Joshua Modney, violin
John Cage: Atlas Eclipticalis with Aria and Fontana Mix
Kate Soper, voice
Luigi Nono: “hay que caminar” soñando
Conrad Harris & Tom Chiu, violins
WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 8pm
WHERE: Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street, New York
TICKETS: $15, Students and Seniors $10
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