Thursday, October 6, 2011
Piano Quintet: Live Oaks (2011) – New York premiere
“Diving Aria” from An American Tragedy (2004)
“Ghost Aria” from Thérèse Raquin (1999/2000)
“Miss Hedgehog’s Aria” from Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998)
“Letter Aria” from Emmeline (1995)
Keys to the City (1987)
Onstage discussion with the composer moderated by Ursula Oppens
THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURED IN A PREVIOUS SEASON!
Acclaimed by The New Yorker as “a genuine creator with a fertile unforced vein of invention,” Tobias Picker’s music melds the discipline and rigor of his mentors—Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Carter, and Milton Babbitt—with an unabashed and impassioned Romantic streak. Perhaps best known for his operas, which have premiered at major houses such as the Met to widespread critical acclaim, Picker brings an equal sense of drama to his chamber music. A highlight of Miller’s Portrait is his exuberant piano concerto Keys to the City, written to commemorate the centenary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, Sarah Rothenberg and members of the Brentano String Quartet premiere Picker’s new Piano Quintet, Live Oaks.
Listen to an excerpt from Keys to the City (1987)
Listen to an excerpt from “Diving Aria” from An American Tragedy (2004)
Listen to an excerpt from “Miss Hedgehog’s Aria” from Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998)
Click here to read this concert's full program notes.
Photo by Harry Heleotis
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