Celebrating a host of birthdays, the women warriors of new music, Joan Tower (75), Ursula Oppens and Tania León (70), and the Cassatt Quartet (30th anniversary season) come together with Tower’s Dumbarton Quintet, Beethoven’s “Harp” String Quartet, and the world premiere of Ethos by León, dedicated to the late Isaiah Sheffer.
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in Eb maj "The Harp" Op. 74
I. Poco Adagio - Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Presto - Piu presto quasi prestissimo
IV. Allegro con variazioni
Tania León: Ethos for Piano and String Quartet
I. In the cage where the heart paces,
II. blaze of lights
III. Viridian. Ochre. Cobalt blue.
Ethos was commissioned by Symphony Space with support from the New York State Council of the Arts Individual Artists Program.
-A conversation with Tania León, Joan Tower, and Laura Kaminsky-
Joan Tower: Dumbarton Quintet
This concert is part of the citywide Composers Now Festival.
The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, Composers Now brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time. Composers will be in attendance at all events and will be interacting with audiences. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York.