Sept. 19, 2007
Orion String Quartet presents Del Tredici world premiere Oct. 9
Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer David Del Tredici will be on hand when the Orion String Quartet and clarinetist David Krakauer present the world premiere of his "Magyar Madness," co-commissioned by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall.
Also on the program, presented by Hancher, will be Haydn's Quartet in C Major, op. 74, no. 1; Beethoven's Quartet No. 9 in C Major, op. 59, no. 3, the third of the popular "Rasumovsky" quartets; and "K'vakarat," a Rosh Hashanah prayer originally written for cantor and quartet by Osvaldo Golijov.
Barney Sherman of UI radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM, will interview del Tredici at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, and the composer will discuss "Magyar Madness" in a free, public event at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.
Del Tredici is most often associated with song cycles -- he first came to prominence with a series of works based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, including the Pulitzer-winning "In Memory of a Summer Day" -- and his new composition is very songlike as well, with the clarinet in the role of the voice.
In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize, he was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award in the category of "Best Contemporary Composition" for the choral/orchestral work "Paul Revere's Ride."
While he was trained in serial techniques, Del Tredici is a leading proponent of neoromanticism and a champion of returning contemporary classical music to tonality.
"Magyar Madness" was co-commissioned by Hancher Auditorium.
Both the Orion String Quartet and David Krakauer have performed in Hancher before. The quartet was last heard at Hancher in performance with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, playing on-stage with the dancers.
The quartet -- in which violinist brothers Daniel and Todd Phillips share the first-violin role equally -- has been famous for its cutting-edge programming, which combines the classical repertoire with commissions from composers including jazz pianist Chick Corea and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. The Orion, especially noted for its interpretations of the Beethoven quartets, is the Quartet-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Krakauer not only livened the auditorium with his Klezmer Madness! ensemble but also was featured with the Kronos Quartet in Golijov's "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind," just one example of Golijov's extensive connections with Hancher and UI.
The Grammy-winning Argentine composer has been in residence at the UI, and in addition to Hancher-commissioned compositions and arrangements for the Kronos Quartet, his work has been performed by Dawn Upshaw, the St. Lawrence Quartet and eighth blackbird. Upshaw and Kronos premiered his Iowa-commissioned "Tonight is the Night" during Hancher's Millennium Festival in the 1999-2000 season.
A composer of increasing international stature known for his lively combinations of musical cultures, Golijov was the Musical America Composer of the Year in 2006, the composer-in-residence for the 2007 Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and composer-in-residence for the Chicago Symphony. Festivals of his work have been presented at the Ojai Festival and at Lincoln Center.
The Oct. 9 concert is supported by the Iowa House Hotel through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for the Orion String Quartet with David Krakauer are $34; UI student $15; senior citizen $30.60; youth $23.80.
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