Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Did You Miss Steve Reich’s Double Sextet Last Year At The Kennedy Center? … If So, Don’t Miss John Adams’s Phrygian Gates and Gnarly Buttons Tomorrow

Encounters: A John Adams Snapshot

The Post-Classical Ensemble

Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30pm
The Harman Center for the Arts. Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

David Krakauer, clarinet
Benjamin Pasternack, piano
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor

"A rare opportunity for DC audiences to hear two cutting-edge compositions by an indispensable American original. Phrygian Gates, early Adams, is a landmark of keyboard minimalism, a 30-minute kaleidoscope of swirling colors and textures. Gnarly Buttons, late Adams, is a sizzling clarinet concerto distilling swing, blues, and jazz. Both works will be performed for the first time by two great American instrumentalists."


Header credit: Philip Guston Ladder 1978. Gift to the National Gallery of Art by Edward R. Broida.

(c) Estate of Philip Guston and the National Gallery of Art 2009. Copyright controlled.

"An exhibition of work by American artist Philip Guston (1913–1980) inaugurates an ongoing series of shows in the National Gallery of Art's East Building Tower Gallery focused on developments in art since 1970. For more than five decades, Guston explored ways to paint, from the mural art of the Depression through mid-century abstract expressionism to a raw new imagery beginning in 1968."

Links to images of Philip Guston in the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Video also available.)


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