MusicNOW to feature Kronos Quartet and new Dessner compositions

Brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner performing with the CSO in 2014 under the baton of Louis Langree.

Brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner performing with the CSO in 2014 under the baton of Louis Langree.

The contemporary music festival, MusicNOW, presents its 11th consecutive year of genre-bending programs, March 18-20.

Continuing a three-year collaboration with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and music director Louis Langrée, two evening concerts in Music Hall will feature the CSO, the Kronos Quartet, Musical America artist of the year – violinist Jennifer Koh – and composer-in-residence, Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe. The Sunday evening closing concert, held this year at the Cincinnati Masonic Center Auditorium, showcases the Punch Brothers, Sam Amidon and Luluc.

The weekend will include two premieres: a full-orchestra version of MusicNOW founder Bryce Dessner’s “Aheym” and the U.S. premiere of Dessner’s work for strings, “Réponse Lutoslawski.”

Friday, March 18  – Music Hall

Louis Langrée, conductor

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Dessner: “Ahyem”

Anna Clyne: “The Seamstress” (Jennifer Koh, violin and CSO)

Julia Wolfe: “My Beautiful Scream” (Kronos Quartet and CSO)

Chris Thile (solo)

Saturday, March 19 – Music Hall

Louis Langrée, conductor

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Lutoslawski: “Musique Funèbre”

Dessner: “Réponse Lutoslawski”

Terry Riley: “The Sands” (Kronos Quartet and CSO)

Magnus Lindberg: “Feria”

Sunday, March 20 – Cincinnati Masonic Center Auditorium

Punch Brothers

Sam Amidon

Luluc

 

Click here for tickets to the March 18 and 19 programsTwo day passes for Music Hall shows range $80-$100. Tickets for March 20 are available here.

General Admission tickets are $30.

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