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All the Things He Was: Celebration of the Life and Ideas of Milton Babbitt

  • Settlement Music School, Presser Hall 416 Queen St Philadelphia, PA, 19147 United States (map)

Milton Babbitt, pioneer of serial and electronic music, is considered one of the most influential – and controversial – composers in the second half of the twentieth century. Babbitt was vitally interested in both jazz and popular music; he composed a snappy jazz ensemble work,  All Set, and a 1946 Broadway musical entitled The Fabulous Voyage.  

Network events explore some of the many facets of Babbitt’s compositional genius, and feature music by students, Broadway genius Stephen Sondheim; Koussevitzky Prize-winner David Rakowski; and Laura Karpman, four-time Emmy Award-winning composer.

 Milton BABBITT: Philomel
     Ah Young Hong, guest soprano
Milton BABBITT: All Set
David RAKOWSKI: Natura Morta, piano quartet  (NNM Commission) 
Laura KARPMAN: Now All Set (World Premiere)
Jerome KERN: All the Things You Are
Stephen SONDHEIM: Selections from Sweeney Todd
Milton BABBITT: Penelope's Night Song (from "The Fabulous Voyage")
Gareth HAYNES: Cantus Kernus, A Fantasy on "All the Things You Are"

This event also includes a special free, PRE-CONCERT PERFORMANCE of North by Northwest, from the suite, Different Lanes; a string quartet by Laura Karpman:

2:30pm, Field Hall, Settlement Music School
Featuring musicians from the PHILADELPHIA SINFONIA.