NNM and JOHN HARBISON
Concerts and events celebrating jazz, poetry and American folk song, April 4 - 6:
Linda Reichert, Artistic Director
Lisa Miller, Executive Director
SPRING 2014 CONCERT SEASON
Featuring a major residency with JOHN HARBISON
World and Philadelphia premieres
by John Harbison, Uri Caine, James Primosch,
Terell Stafford, Anna Weesner, Bobby Zankel
Featuring virtuoso members of the Network for New Music Ensemble
PHILADELPHIA - Network for New Music, the award-winning chamber ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing works by living composers, is pleased to announce the spring events in its 2013-2014 concert season, PLAYING WITH SONG.
Network for New Music’s spring season continues this year’s engaging and innovative approach to music inspired by song. Each NNM concert features music exploring many ways that song inspires composers in the creation of great new instrumental and vocal music, whether it’s setting a poem, reimagining a whale call, or riffing on an iconic American folk tune.
We’re especially pleased to present a series of events in a major residency with John Harbison, one of America’s most distinguished composers. Harbison is renowned not only for the exceptional resourcefulness and expressive range of his music, but for his jazz piano chops as well. Harbison will join Network for New Music in performances and workshops highlighting the extraordinary variety and fresh sound of his musical voice.
MUSIC OF JOHN HARBISON
Network for New Music is pleased to welcome special guest John Harbison,
in a series of workshops, concerts, and more:
HOW SWEET THE SOUND
Friday, April 4, 2014, 8:00 PM
Rock Hall, Temple University
John Harbison, one of America’s most renowned composers, is also an accomplished jazz musician. Join us for an evening of music that joins his love of jazz with beloved classical and folk traditions, including world premieres of new works by five composers with Philadelphia roots, writing new works inspired by the folk tunes in Harbison’s Songs America Loves to Sing.
John Harbison: Songs America Loves to Sing
Uri Caine: Friend
James Primosch: Meditation on “Amazing Grace”
Terell Stafford: Favor
Anna Weesner: We Shall Overcome
Bobby Zankel: Will the Cycle Be Unbroken
And a special treat: John Harbison at the piano will be joined by guest artist Terell Stafford, trumpet, and jazz musicians from Temple University, for a jazz improvisation on one of the folk tunes found in Songs America Loves to Sing.
MYTH, MUSIC, TRUTH
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 7:30 PM
Gould Hall, Curtis Institute
1616 Locust St., Philadelphia
The lyrical, expressive quality of Harbison’s music is richly displayed in this program of his music written for voice or inspired by song.
Right to Pleasure (NNM commission/world premiere)
Crossroads (NNM co-commission/regional premiere)
Fourteen Fabled Folksongs
Motetti di Montale (selections)
Thanks, Victor (with the Philadelphia Sinfonia string quartet)
HARBISON RESIDENCY EVENTS (ALL FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC):
Composer to Composer talk with John Harbison
Friday, April 4, 2014, 10 am
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
Presented in collaboration with the American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter.
Masterclass with Philadelphia Sinfonia and Thanks, Victor
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2 pm
St. Stephen’s Church, 19th S. 10th St., Philadelphia
A string quartet drawn from the Philadelphia Sinfonia youth orchestra perform Thanks, Victor, Harbison’s affectionate tribute to stage and film composer Victor Young, in a master class with John Harbison. (NB: This quartet will also perform Thanks, Victor on Network’s April 6, 2014 concert.)
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 4:30 pm
Klein Recital Hall, Presser Building, Temple University, Philadelphia
Workshop for student and professional jazz musicians, led by John Harbison.
HOW SWEET THE SOUND and MYTH, MUSIC, TRUTH on April 4 and 6, 2014:
In advance: $20 regular admission, $15 seniors, $10 students
At the door: $25 regular admission, $20 seniors, $15 students
Buy one regular admission ticket for HOW SWEET THE SOUND and MYTH, MUSIC, TRUTH in the same transaction and receive $5 off!
For tickets and information, call 215-848-7647 or visit www.networkfornewmusic.org
Network for New Music and John Harbison events have been supported by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.