American Masters

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Star-spangled masterworks with a world premiere from young-blood composer Nico Muhly.

Date and Time 7:30PM | Tue | 02 Jul 2019
VenueCity Recital Hall


Glass Etudes for Solo Piano (Selections)
Glass Sonata for Violin and Piano
Adams Shaker Loops
Nico Muhly By All Means
Nico Muhly No Uncertain Terms
Nico Muhly Unexpected News [World Premiere]*

120 mins (incl. interval)

About The Music

American composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich changed the face of contemporary music with their revolutionary works built on simple harmony and hypnotic repetition. Where initial audiences were baffled, this music is now recognised for its textural richness and the expansion of classical forms. Schooled in this American tradition (including working as Glass’ assistant) composer Nico Muhly’s work ranges even more widely, incorporating stylistic fragments from Byrd to Webern, as well as his film work and collaborations with contemporary musicians such as Björk, Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner. This program features a world premiere work by Muhly for Omega Ensemble, with a setting of a tenderly erotic poem by Constantine Cavafy.

* Supported by Mark Wakely in loving memory of Steven Alward

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Pre-Concert Talk

6:30pm-7:00pm: In Conversation with Nico Muhly
Join composer and ABC radio presenter Julian Day for a pre-concert talk with Nico Muhly, discussing Muhly's new work for Omega Ensemble and life as Philip Glass's assistant.

Pre-concert talks are free to all ticket holders. Registration is not required.

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