AMERICAN MUSIC MARATHON
REICH, HARRISON, COWELL & OTHERS

3/11, 7 pm
Divadlo Archa

 

A unique evening celebrating the dynamism, innovation, and variety of contemporary American music, including a performance of Steve Reich’s iconic composition ‘Music for 18 Musicians.’ And harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani presents a selection of contemporary works by composers ranging from Lou Harrison to the world premiere of a new piece by Harold Metzer.

Program:

 

MAHAN ESFAHANI - HARPSICHORD I ANTJE WEITHAAS - VIOLIN

Lou Harrison: Six Sonatas (1943)

Henry Cowell: Set of Four (1961)

Harold Meltzer: Six Toccatas (2019, world premiere)

Walter Piston: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1946)

Mel Powell: Recitative and Toccata percossa (1951)

Steve Reich: Piano Phase (1968) harpsichord version authorized for Mahan Esfahani

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KRISTÝNA FARAG – flute and soundtracks

Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint

PRAGUE MINIMAL ORCHESTRA I JAN RYBÁŘ

Steve Reich: Music for 18 musicians

 

A unique evening celebrating the dynamism and innovation in modern and contemporary American music and the diversity to be found therein: from the works of composers such as Harrison and Cowell, whose work called upon the music of America’s inidgenous populations and early colonial traditions, to the iconic ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ by Steve Reich, whose music harnessed his distinctly American energy to redefine musical language for all time. Six etudes by the contemporary composer Harold Meltzer, performed here by acclaimed Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, testify to the continuing seeking, exploratory spirit in American music. Other performers featured at this special event include Jan Rybář’s Prague Minimal Orchestra, violinist Antje Weithaas, and flutist Kristyna Farag

 

A co-produciton with Strings of Autumn,  Hudba v souvislostech, and Divadlo Archa.

REFERENCE

Prague Music Performance is without any doubt a platform of international importance which has found its place among the most significant cultural events in Prague. The PMP production team really deserves the highest of praise.

Harmonie Magazine

 

Prague Music Performance is a great organization in a magnificent city with extraordinary people!

Alfred Brendel

 

Prague Music Performance is one of my very favorite festivals. One of the best places to play in the whole world!

Adrian Belew

 

PMP is a great organization!

Brad Mehldau

 

We really had a blast! We’re in little pieces all over the place… But plan to recollect ourselves here. Again soon!

Esperanza Spalding

 

Thanks for looking for us! The best hospitality and the nicest crowd of the tour. We love you!

Thurston Moore

Thank you for a well-executed night and your support! We had a great time in Prague!

Einstürzende Neubauten

 

Bravo for the Prague Music Performance! A wonderful idea in an incomparable city.

Leon Fleisher

 

Today there are thousands of festivals, and it is difficult to excel from the lot. Prague Music Performance is one of very few of them! Jan Bartos and his team are so committed that it is guaranteed for the future of this undertaking. Besides master classes by world-renowned musicians, they organize student concerts, and it helps young musicians to let themselves known to the public. I think that the Czech Republic can be very proud of this organization!

Tamás Vásáry

Prague Music Performance is constantly involved in all sorts of activities on a high professional level. In addition to being beneficial at the very physical of its activities, their wide-ranging effects make them beneficial for the entire cultural life in Prague. Over the period of several years of its existence, PMP has proved its professional as well as art qualities and the benefits of its projects. The committee positively assesses also the educational level which is embedded in the activity of PMP. We recommend significant support for this highly conceptual and successful project.

Evaluation of the Expert Committee of the Municipality of the City of Prague

 

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