YPC is performing two works with the Kronos Quartet at(Le) Poisson Rouge in the heart of Greenwich Village tonight!
The concert will include the world premiere of “Exalted,” a new work by Bang On A Can co-founder and Transient Glory® composer Michael Gordon and Terry Riley's "Another Secret eQuation," which YPC premiered with Kronos at Carnegie Hall in March 2010. Both works were co-commissioned by YPC and Kronos Quartet as part of YPC's Radio Radiance™ program for this season.
The week has been full of rehearsals preparing for tonight's concert and Sunday's recording session with the Kronos Quartet. The pieces are very intricate and challenging for the choristers, but extremely rewarding as well. Yesterday's rehearsal with the Kronos Quartet was like putting the pieces of the puzzle together, and suddenly there was the picture of two amazing works!
"Working with music composed by Terry Riley and Michael Gordon is both overwhelming and inspiring. These difficult pieces of music both push me to be a better musician and help spark an interest in contemporary classical music." - Emily
"For the past week we've been fortunate enough to work with a renowned composer and a lauded quartet, learning some of the most difficult, yet hauntingly-beautiful music. It's truly been an unparalleled experience!" - Charlie
"In working with Kronos, Gordon and Riley, the young artists of the YPC have been given a truly enlightening experience. As young artists the opportunity to work with professionals at their level is of incalculable value, and I feel we will be better musicians for it." - Hannah
Tune into the podcast on "Exalted" which features Francisco Núñez and three choristers discussing Gordon's work with a sneak-peak of the work itself:
This is the first concert of YPC's "Out of the boX" series celebrating ten years of the Transient Glory® commissioning program. There are ten events that will occur throughout the year into Fall 2011 which commemorate "10 Years of Radical New Music for Daring Young Minds."