A is for Accordion at the National Opera Center
Fri 3/24 at 7:30 PM
330 7th Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (1/2/3, B/D/F/M, N/R/Q/W to 34th St)
ALL WORLD PREMIERES
DAVID DURST - March of the Reanimated for accordion quartet
MAX DUYKERS - End of String for piano four hands and accordion
NATHAN KOCI - The Implications of Science for accordion, flute, and violin
ANDREA LA ROSE - what presents itself for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, and accordion
DAN LASAGA - Bali Adhan. Quartet. for accordion quartet
PAT MUCHMORE - 2^n-ion 5 for three accordions
"THOMAS BERNHARD, ACCORDION PLAYER"
"The last time my grandfather came to New York, Pat, he warned me, Pat, said I had to give up playing the accordion when he died, I couldn’t continue down this path, now here I am, I don’t intend to play a day after this concert, Pat, I’m here in a place I never thought I’d return to, to which I never wanted to return, but I don’t understand what you’re doing here, Pat, this is something I wanted to ask you, this worried me the most, how could someone who doesn’t have to write for accordion, someone who is free to write for any instrument they choose, Pat, prefer to speak through this abomination, this wretched squeezebox, explain it to me, Pat, a truly vomitous instrument with which only truly sinister composers can work, which is why I can’t explain why you’re here, it’s the most repulsive thing, it’s truly absurd if you’re interested in writing serious music, this demonstrates that really you’re not interested in writing serious music, Pat, no-one interested in writing serious music could opt for an instrument as degenerate as thing, on which no-one plays serious music, where the few who could play, don’t play, this is the truth, this is the horrible truth, Pat, and still the cluelessness of the world to call this an “instrument,” what nonsense, it’s an idiocy that would be funny if it weren’t grotesque, but still I’m glad you’ve come."
World premieres of new works for small accordion ensembles by David Durst, Max Duykers, Nate Koci, Andrea La Rose, Dan Lasaga, and Pat Muchmore, played by Hubert Chen, Domenica Fossati, Will Holshouser, Jeff Hudgins, Paul Kerekes, Nate Koci, Pat Muchmore, Franz Nicolay, Ron Oswanski, Theresa Rosas, Kamala Sankaram, and Hannah Temple.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Which is basically to say -- your tax dollars at work. Yeah, frightening isn't it?
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