Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Starry moments with the Kronos Quartet

Experience the Kronos Quartet playing with Theatre of Voices in RDAM's Concert Hall
The legendary Kronos Quartet - the world's most renowned classical ensemble - visits Denmark to celebrate Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgren's 80th birthday.
Together with the Danish Theatre of Voices and the English Paul Hillier the quartet plays a full program of first performances at a concert in the academy's concert hall on Tuesday 4th December 2012 at 19.30

The artistic director of the Kronos Quartet, David Harrington, writes:
Kronos is delighted to come to Copenhagen to celebrate the 80th birthday of our friend Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. Pelle's creativity is in full bloom with two new works written for Kronos and two works written for Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices and Kronos. It does not get any better in life than to be able to perform Pelle's new work with Theatre of Voices in Copenhagen.

As a beautiful reflection of the ensembles' profiles the new works contain several references to both renaissance and baroque music. The lyrics to Green is from Henry VIII's Song Book from 1520 and in New Ground it is the Pachelbel's known ground getting a turn in the Holmgreen wringer. The old themes twist and turn but are constantly brought to the surface.

The founder and artistic director of Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier, has previously worked and recorded with the Kronos Quartet . Dacapo Records has released "Kronos plays Holmgreen" with works like "Moving Still" written for Kronos and Hillier. Watch the DVD "The Music is a Monster".
Theatre of Voices has often shared concerts with the Quartet and has also played Gavin Bryar's "The Stones of the Arch" for the first time together with them at the Barbican Centre's great Reich 70 years' celebration. Kronos is yet again in Denmark to perform Holmgreen's music and give workshops at RDAM. Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier are very proud to celebrate one of the best Danish composers at this level.

RDAM and Edition WH are co-organizers of the concert on 4th December and SNYK is the media partner.
The concert is sponsored by:
The Augustinus Foundation, the Beckett Foundation, Kunststyrelsen, the Wilhelm Hansen Foundation, The Danish Music Publishers' Association, and The Danish Composers' Society

Participants:

Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Jeffrey Seigler, cello

Theatre of Voices
Else Torp, soprano
Signe Asmussen Manuitt, mezzo
Chris Watson, tenor
Jakob Bloch Jespersen, bass
Paul Hillier, artistic director