Ensemble SEM presents a concert of string quartets more

On Wednesday April 6 at 7 p.m., Ensemble SEM will perform works for string quartet, double bass, percussion and marimba. The program will combine music from the 1950s by Morton Feldman; the 1990s, by Frederic Rzewski and Alvin Lucier; recent works by Petr Kotik, Ana Sokolovic and Jordan Dykstra, and a premiere by Daniel O’Connor. The concert explores musical relationships spanning seventy years and features pieces that deviate from the concept of narrative drama popularized by early classicism.

Program

Frederic Rzewski Whimwhams, for marimba and string quartet (1993) Ana Sokolovic Two Miniatures (2015)
Petr Kotik Torso (2019)
short intermission
Morton Feldman Three Pieces for String Quartet (1954 / 1956)
Masking by Daniel O’Connor (2018 / 2022)
short intermission
Alvin Lucier Navigations for Strings (1991)
Jordan Dykstra Fathom Peaks Unseen for 5 string instruments and
percussion (2016)

Ensemble SEM champions music that is not commonly heard, striving to provide a relevant and authentic workspace. Since the mid-1970s, SEM has performed annually at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, in addition to giving concerts at her venue in Brooklyn Heights (the Willow Place Auditorium) and other venues in New York, alternative spaces to major concerts. halls (Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, etc.)

String Quartets Plus offers a rare opportunity to hear a selection of string quartets from pioneering composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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