Hear The Noise
April 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
The National Gallery of Art
About Andriessen 75:
From April 6–13, 2014, the Washington, DC area will come alive with the music of Louis Andriessen. In honor of the composer’s 75th birthday, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Great Noise Ensemble, National Gallery of Art, Strathmore, and Shenandoah Conservatory will join together for Andriessen 75, a week-long celebration of Andriessen’s oeuvre with the composer in attendance.
Andriessen 75 will include the US premieres of The Family Revisited, Monument for Graettinger, and Image de Moreau, as well as several DC premieres including the Grawemeyer Award-winning opera, La Commedia, performed by Great Noise Ensemble, Third Practice, and the American Youth Chorus at the National Gallery of Art on April 6—the festival’s kick-off concert.
In between the first concert and the closing concert—a program featuring Andriessen’s complete string quartets performed by the Aeolus Quartet—there are a host of events that bring together friends and renowned Andriessen interpreters. Violinist Monica Germino will give the US East Coast premiere of Andriessen’s recent violin concerto, La Girò (a work written for Germino herself). She will also give multiple performances of XENIA, in addition to other works by Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Donnacha Dennehy, and others.
Artists and ensembles performing throughout the celebration include Great Noise Ensemble, Third Practice, American Youth Chorus, Cristina Zavalloni, Lindsay Kesselman, Andrew Sauvageau, Armando Bayolo, Monica Germino, Andrea Rebaudengo, Brad Linde Ensemble, Molly Orlando Palmiero, Francesca Hurst, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Edge Ensemble, and the Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble.
For more information on Andriessen 75, please visit the Andriessen 75 page at Boosey & Hawkes.
About La Commedia:
Thomas May says of La Commedia, “Andriessen expresses an abiding admiration for Dante that goes back several decades. He even chose a quote from the Paradiso – “gazing on the point beyond which all times are present” – as a motto for De Tiijd (Time, 1981), his musical exploration of the philosophy of time. That phrase could well serve the same function for La Commedia. Much as Dante’s epic is encyclopedic in scope – a summa of medieval knowledge – Andriessen constructs a multi-layered opera that gathers the diverse threads of his career, drawing on a range of musical vocabularies and techniques, philosophical concerns, and self-definitions as an artist.” (Thomas May’s full program notes for the 2012 performance of La Commedia by the L.A. Philharmonic can be found here.)
For more information about La Commedia at The National Gallery, please visit their website: The 72nd Season of Concerts 2013-2014
Admission is free for concerts at the National Gallery of Art.