Performances are coming thick and fast and sneaking up on me. Da Capo is playing my Hovenweep at Hofstra University this afternoon at a 3 PM concert: sorry I don’t have the details, but I assume if you can get to Hofstra you can find it.
This Sunday, October 15 at 4, Sarah Cahill will give the West Coast premiere, and I guess the official public world premiere, of my new piano piece On Reading Emerson, which she commissioned. It’s at “one of the most idyllic places on earth,” the Point Reyes Dance Palace at 5th and B Streets, Point Reyes Station. Works by Grainger, Cowell, and others also included.
Then, on Friday, October 27, at 8, Sarah will repeat On Reading Emerson at the Berkeley Arts Festival, at the Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley. The all-brand-new program, no musty old 20th-century music allowed, is as follows:
Snippets 2 (2006) – Frederic Rzewski (premiere)
Almost a Quintet (2006) – Larry Polansky (premiere)
On Reading Emerson (2006) – Kyle Gann
Tango (2006) – Andrea Morricone (premiere)
Improvviso (2006)- Andrea Morricone (premiere)
“Le Crepescule” Rag (2006)- Elizabeth Lauer
Pleasant Dreaming (2006)- Phil Collins
The pieces by Rzewski, Polansky, as well as Morricone’s Improvviso, were, like my piece, written for Sarah. She’s amazing.
On October 26 at 8, two of my Disklavier Studies will be played on a concert of mechanical piano music, lots of Nancarrow, Wolfgang Heisig, and others, at the Leonhardi Museum in Dresden. Composer Alexander Plötz is putting the whole thing together; more details later.