Ensemble musikFabrik; "Michaels Reise um die Erde", (c) Klaus Rudolph
Mar 27, 2013
Lincoln Center Festival 2013 lineup, running from July 6 through 28, 2013. There will be a total of 62 performances by artists and ensembles form ten countries.
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PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR
LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL 2013, JULY 6–28
New York, NY, March 27, 2013 — Nigel Redden, Director of Lincoln Center Festival, today announced the 2013 Festival’s line-up, which runs from July 6 through 28, 2013. Single tickets go on sale on April 8 for the festival, which will unfold in six venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus. There will be a total of 62 performances by artists and ensembles from ten countries.
Opening the festival is Monkey: Journey to the West, an extraordinary music theater collaboration based on the classic Chinese folktale “Journey to the West” which dates to 1592. Conceived and directed by internationally renowned opera and film director Chen Shi-Zheng, with music by Damon Albarn, lead singer of Blur, and design and animation by award-winning artist Jamie Hewlett, who, with Albarn, created the virtual band, Gorillaz, Monkey: Journey to the West will run throughout the Festival with 27 performances in the David H. Koch Theater.
A theatrical spectacle, Monkey: Journey to the West follows the fantastical trek undertaken by a monk who travels from China to India seeking the Buddhist sacred scriptures. On his journey through an enchanted world, led by the irrepressible Monkey King, the monk and his magical animal companions have many adventures, both comical and challenging.
Damon Albarn’s score features washes of electronic sounds, brass fanfares, electronic percussion, and Chinese pop melodies. Jamie Hewlett’s designs, animations, and eye-popping costumes, are influenced by Japanese animé. And Chen Shi-Zheng’s thrilling vision transforms classic Chinese martial arts, circus acts, and acrobatics. Together, the three collaborators bring a dazzling, boundary-breaking approach to this timeless Chinese epic.
Lincoln Center Festival 2013 is sponsored by American Express.
Major support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Another daring journey unfolds with the U.S. Premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise Um Die Erde (Michael’s Journey Around the World), in a staging that will transform Avery Fisher Hall. This completely instrumental work is the second act of “Donnerstag” (“Thursday”) from Licht (Light), the composer’s epic seven-opera cycle named for each of the seven days of the week. Carlus Padrissa, a founder of the avant-garde Catalan theater troupe, La Fura dels Baus, directs members of the German contemporary music ensemble musikFabrik in the original production by Wiener Taschenoper. In the multi-media production, a solo trumpeter, in a tour de force performance, plays Michael the Archangel, who is maneuvered around the stage in a giant steel structure, enacting a globe-spanning search for good and evil. There will be three performances.
Theater companies from England, France and Japan will participate in this year’s Festival. Complicite (now celebrating its 30th anniversary), returns with Shun-kin, directed by Simon McBurney, a play about a blind musician and her servant/lover in 19th-century Japan. It is based on writings by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, one of Japan’s greatest 20th-century writers, known for his eroticism and wit. Shun-kin will be performed by members of Tokyo’s Setagaya Public Theater in the Rose Theater. There will be six performances.
From France, the director-actor team of Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and Aurélia Thierrée bring Ms. Thierrée Chaplin’s surreal, whimsical play Murmurs to the Festival. A journey of the imagination, where buildings come to life and the boundaries of illusion and reality merge, Murmurs will have five performances in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.
John Malkovich, who so memorably played the seductive Valmont in Stephen Frears’ 1988 film Dangerous Liasions, now brings the work to the stage directing young actors from Paris’s Théâtre de l’Atelier. In Malkovich’s staging, Valmont, the Marquise de Merteuil, and the other characters in this French-language version of the 1985 play by Christopher Hampton about seduction, power and lies (based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos) speak in elegant, mannered 18th-century French. The set and costumes evoke that historical period but also reference a modern day rehearsal studio. Seven performances will take place in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.
The Blind, an a capella opera by the prolific Russian-born, New York-based composer, Lera Auerbach, will receive a new staging by John La Bouchardière (The Full Monteverdi, Lincoln Center Festival 2007). The opera is based on an early surrealist play by Maurice Maeterlinck about a group of sightless people who have been abandoned on a desolate island. It is co-produced with American Opera Projects. There will be six performances in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
Toshio Hosokawa, one of Japan’s leading living composers, will be represented at this year’s festival by Matsukaze (Wind in the Pines), a one-act opera based on one of the best-loved classics of Japanese Noh theater, written by the 15th-century Noh master Zeami. It is the story of a traveling monk who encounters two ghostly sisters returned from the grave who wander the earth in search of the man they both loved hundreds of years ago. Matsukaze will be directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, who is also staging Monkey: Journey to the West. The libretto is by Hannah Dübgen. John Kennedy will conduct the New York-based Talea Ensemble. Three performances will take place in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.
New York composer, arranger, experimentalist and saxophonist John Zorn turns sixty on September 2, 2013. In collaboration with Zorn, Lincoln Center Festival curates a two-concert focus, as part of a large-scale celebration of Zorn’s work during 2013 in Europe and the U.S. The concerts explore two aspects of Zorn’s huge and intriguing catalog—his compositions for vocal quintet and his cycle of string quartets. The first night of Zorn@60 will feature a female vocal quintet performing Zorn’s sensual Song of Song and his latest mystery play, The Holy Visions (2012).The second night features Zorn’s complete string quartets performed together for the very first time. The two concerts take place in Alice Tully Hall.
Multi-platinum-album selling Irish vocalist Sinéad O’Connor, who performed in the all-star Lincoln Center Festival 2012 tribute to Curtis Mayfield, returns for two nights at Alice Tully Hall with a new project entitled, Sinead O’Connor: The Gospel Sessions, an intimate exploration of soul gospel music.
The seven-piece Beijing-based Hanggai Band will perform its unique mix of rock with drones, banjos, and throat-singing (a Mongolian technique in which the artist emits two different pitches at the same time) at Alice Tully Hall. The group blends the best of Mongolian folk music with modern, urban eastern and western styles, including rock, blues and pop.
Commented Mr. Redden, “For its 18th edition, Lincoln Center Festival continues on its adventurous path with radically different ways of looking at similar subjects, new music from diverse traditions, and stagings as varied as their subjects. The Festival, as it has done since its start, again showcases the work of essential artists exploring their art compellingly.”
Tickets: Tickets are on sale to the general public starting April 8. Advance sales to Friends of Lincoln Center are from March 27 through April 7. For more information and to buy tickets visit LincolnCenterFestival.org or go to the Avery Fisher or Alice Tully Hall box offices, or call CenterCharge, 212/721-6500. Tickets for Monkey: Journey to the West are also available at the David H. Koch Theater box office.
Programs, artists and ticket prices are subject to change.
More about the Lincoln Center Festival 2013 Productions
In chronological order
Monkey: Journey to the West
July 6–July 28, 2013
27 performances, David H. Koch Theater
Conception, Libretto, and Stage Direction Chen Shi-Zheng
Composer Damon Albarn
Visual Concept, Animation and Costumes Jamie Hewlett
Conductor Brad Lubman
Lighting Designer Nick Richings
Sound Designer Barry Bartlett
Masks, Prosthetics, Makeup and Wigs Bertrand Dorcet
Monkey: Journey to the West is a music theater piece based on a classic Chinese folktale “Journey to the West” which dates to 1592. It is conceived, written and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. The composer is Damon Albarn, best known in the U.S. as the singer/songwriter in the band Blur. The designer/animator is Jamie Hewlett, who, together with Albarn, created the virtual band, Gorillaz*.
Over the course of this 100-minute, fantastical journey, the monk Tripitaka, travels from China to India, facing many challenges while searching for the sacred Buddhist scriptures. The mischievous Monkey King leads Tripitaka and his animal companion protectors, including a pig and a horse, in a series of perilous and comic adventures and misadventures.
The dazzling production combines elements of music theater, bold and stunning animation, and performances by Chinese vocalists, martial artists and the Jiangsu Yancheng Acrobatic Company. Damon Albarn’s original and compelling score uses washes of electronic sounds, brass fanfares, electronic percussion, and Chinese pop melodies. Jamie Hewlett’s designs, animations, and eye-popping costumes reference the world of Japanese animé.
Monkey: Journey to the West created a sensation when it premiered at the first Manchester International Festival in England in 2007. It was then performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Spoleto Festival USA, followed by performances at the Royal Opera House in London.
Singer/songwriter/producer Damon Albarn is the recipient of four Brits, two Ivor Novello Awards and a Grammy Award. His second opera Dr Dee, co-created with Rufus Norris, premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2011. In addition to his work with Blur and Gorillaz, Albarn has released a number of recordings, including Mali Music (2002), The Good The Bad and The Queen (2006), Monkey: Journey to the West (2007), Rocket Juice & The Moon (2012) and Dr Dee (2012). He has also produced music for Gorillaz, Amadou and Mariam, written music for film soundtracks, and most recently co-produced Bobby Womack’s current album The Bravest Man in The Universe. Albarn formed Africa Express, a collective of African and Western musicians in 2007, and toured the UK with them aboard a train last September as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Creator of comic book series Tank Girl and co-creator of Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett has forged a distinctive visual style and a unique place in British pop culture. Tank Girl was his first major commercial success. Hewlett also conceived the visual concept behind the several-million-selling, multi-award-winning virtual band Gorillaz, which won him the Design Museum's Designer of the Year Award in 2006. Other projects include the Bafta award-winning titles for the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Chen Shi-Zheng directed the epic Peony Pavilion for Lincoln Center Festival 99 and subsequently staged three other productions for the Festival: The Night Banquet, 2002; The Orphan of Zhao, 2003; and My Life as a Fairytale, 2005. His other opera credits include Monteverdi’s Orfeo with English National Opera; Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Spoleto Festival USA; Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Aix-en Provence Festival; Miss Fortune at the Royal Opera House in London; and Nixon in China for Theatre du Châtelet in Paris. His first film, Dark Matter, won the Sundance Film Festival's Alfred P. Sloan Award. For Festival 2013, he is also directing the chamber opera, Matsukaze (Wind in the Pines) by Toshio Hosokawa.
A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz—singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs—has achieved ground-breaking success in in popular music, and was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.
Put together by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the band’s eponymous debut album was released to wide acclaim in 2001. Three studio albums, Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005) and Plastic Beach (2010) featured collaborations with a wide array of artists including Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Lou Reed and Dennis Hopper.
Gorillaz has topped the charts around the world, hitting #1 in more than a dozen countries and garnering sales in excess of 13 million. The band has also received influential awards and recognition that reach beyond music including a Grammy and an Ivor Novello, a Webby Award and a Designer of the Year Award for Jamie Hewlett, and the Jim Henson Creativity Honor.
Monkey: Journey to the West performance schedule: Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. (preview).; Sunday, July 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. (previews); Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 13 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 14 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 16 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 20 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 28 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Running time: 100 minutes,
The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Monkey: Journey to the West is made possible in part by the Asian Cultural Council.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Le Théâtre de l’Atelier
July 9-14, 2013
Seven performances, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton
French translation by Fanette Barraya
Directed by John Malkovich
Set Design by Pierre-François Limbosch
Costume, hair and makeup design by Mina Ly
Lighting by Christophe Grelié
Music by Nicolas Errèra
With: Sophie Barjac (Madame de Rosemonde), Agathe Le Bourdonnec (Cécile de Volanges), Jina Djemba (Madame de Tourvel), Lazare Herson-Macarel (Azolan), Mabô Kouyaté (Chevalier Danceny), Yannik Landrein (Vicomte de Valmont), Pauline Moulène (Madame de Volanges), Julie Moulier (Marquise de Merteuil) and Lola Naymark (Emilie).
John Malkovich, who so memorably played the seductive Valmont in Stephen Frears’ 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, now directs the story for the stage with young actors from Paris’s Théâtre de l’Atelier. It is a French language production of the 1985 Christopher Hampton play about seduction, power and lies, based on the 18th-century epistolary French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
In Malkovich’s staging of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Valmont, the Marquise de Merteuil, and the other characters face each other in a set that resembles a rehearsal studio, with clothing and water bottles scattered about. Each scene is announced by Valmont’s valet, Azolan. The actors are matched in age to the characters they portray, and the love letters central to the plot are sent on smartphones and electronic tablets. All the actors—even those not in a particular scene—remain on stage observing their colleagues. The self-consciousness of the actors as they watch each other perform mirrors the self-consciously executed intrigue as the plot unfolds.
The costumes, like the set, are a blend of period and modern elements, with frock coats paired with skinny jeans, emphasizing the idea that the characters live partially in the artificial world of the play and partly in the real one, of a rehearsal. The actors speak an elegant 18th-century French; there are English supertitles.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses performance schedule: July 9, 10, 11, 12 at 7 p.m.; July 13 at 2 and 7 p.m.;
July 14 at 2 p.m.
Running time: Approximately two hours, 55 minutes, with one intermission
The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses is sponsored by sponsored by First Republic Bank.
This presentation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses is made possible in part by generous support from The Florence Gould Foundation.
July 9-13, 2013
Six performances, Rose Theater
Directed by Simon McBurney
Based on the writings of Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
Composer Honjoh Hidetaro
Designed by Merle Hensel and Rumi Matsui
Costumes by Christina Cunningham
Lighting by Paul Anderson
Sound by Gareth Fry
Projection by Finn Ross
Puppetry by Blind Summit Theatre
Shun-kin is a co-production by Complicite, Setagaya Public Theater and Barbican, London
Director Simon McBurney and the company he co-founded, Complicite—celebrating its 30th anniversary—return to Lincoln Center Festival with Shun-kin, their second collaboration with Tokyo’s Setagaya Public Theater. At Lincoln Center Festival 2004, Complicite and Setagaya Public Theater staged The Elephant Vanishes by post-modernist author, Haruki Murakami. With Shun-kin, the company plunges us into a shadowy 19th-century world.
Praised as one of the company’s finest achievements by London critics, Shun-kin is inspired by two works written in 1933 by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: A Portrait of Shun-kin (based on a Thomas Hardy story and influenced by Edgar Allan Poe) and his aesthetic essay, “In Praise of Shadows.” The two works are intertwined to unfold the story in the production which, in the style of much of McBurney’s work, creates many levels of time, meaning, and significance.
The tale, set in 19th-century Japan, revolves around the relationship between the domineering Shun-kin, an Osaka merchant’s blind daughter, and the devotedly submissive Sasuke, who learns from her the art of playing the stringed shamisen and who becomes her life-long servant and secret lover. The production raises questions about the tensions between Japan’s past and present.
Shun-kin has won awards in France and Japan for direction and production. It received the 2008 Kinokuniya Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement; 2009 Yomiuri Theatre Award Grand Prize for Best Director; and 2011 French Drama Critics’ Award: Grand Prix for Best Foreign Play. Shun-kin is performed in Japanese by the all-Japanese cast, with English supertitles.
In addition to The Elephant Vanishes, Complicite performed these acclaimed productions at Lincoln Center Festival: The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol (1996); The Street of Crocodiles (1998); and A Disappearing Number (2010).
Shun-kin performance schedule: July 9, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m., and July 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Running time: 110 minutes, no intermission
The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Shun-kin is made possible in part by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
World Premiere (new version)
July 9 -14, 2013
Six performances, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Composer Lera Auerbach
Stage Director John La Bouchardière
Music Director Julian Wachner
Sound Design Jody Elf
Co-produced with American Opera Projects
Following the sell-out success of his project The Full Monteverdi performed by I Fagiolini during Lincoln Center Festival 2007, British director John La Bouchardière returns to the Festival to direct a new and radical re-imagining of Lera Auerbach’s 2001 a cappella opera The Blind, freely-adapted from the controversial Symbolist play by Maurice Maeterlinck.
Scored for 12 unaccompanied voices, The Blind chronicles a group of sightless people abandoned on a desolate island as they await the return of the religious leader who led them from their home so they could feel the last rays of sunlight before winter. The audience will be immersed into complete darkness to experience the sensory world of the story. The cast includes: Dominic Armstrong, Sarah Brailey, Yulia Van Doren, Branch Fields, John McVeigh, Nicole Mitchell, Liam Moran, Kyle Pfortmiller, Barbara Rearick, David Schmidt, Faith Sherman, and Rose Sullivan. It is performed in English.
Lera Auerbach’s published oeuvre includes more than 90 works of opera, ballet, symphony and chamber music, as well as poetry and prose. Her works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic, among other renowned ensembles. The 2012-13 season included the premiere of Preludes CV, a full-length ballet by John Neumeier based on Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Violoncello and Piano and 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, created to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Hamburg Ballett. Two additional ballets to music by the composer had their world premieres this season: Faust by the Staatstheater N?rnberg with choreography by Goyo Montero and Heroes, for the Munich State Ballet, choreographed by Terence Kohler. Other 2012-13 premieres were: Auerbach’s String Quartet No. 6 commissioned by the Tokyo String Quartet for its farewell tour; a string symphony commissioned by the New Century Chamber Orchestra; a concerto for saxophone quartet and choir for the Rascher Saxophone Quartet; and additional string quartets for the Borromeo String Quartet and Ying Quartet.
Born in Chelyabinsk, a city in the Urals bordering Siberia, Lera Auerbach, while still in her teens, became one of the last artists to defect from the Soviet Union—during a concert tour in 1991. She subsequently earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied piano with Joseph Kalichstein and composition with Milton Babbitt and Robert Beaser. In 2002 she graduated from the prestigious piano soloist program of the Hannover Hochschule für Musik where she studied with Einar-Steen Nøkleberg. Lera Auerbach lives in New York.
The Blind performance schedule: July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.
Running time: approximately one hour
July 16, 2013
One performance, Alice Tully Hall
Yiliqi (Ilchi) – tobshuur, banjo and hoomei (vocals)
Ailun – guitars and sanxian
Li Zhongtao (Li Dan) – drums, percussion
Hurizha – vocals, amne huur
Batubagen (Bagen) – morin khuur and hoomei (vocals)
Yilalata (Shang Li) – guitars, sanxian and vocals
Niu Xin – bass and vocals
The seven-piece group Hanggai, “who distill everything powerful about Mongolian folk music and make something new from the ingredients” (Pitchfork), will perform a concert in Alice Tully Hall. Hanggai has been called “one of the best live bands in Beijing” by SeeChina.com and is one of the leading groups integrating traditional music into the urban rock/pop scene. Citing influences such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine, Hanggai has won many international fans and drawn enthusiastic crowds at important festivals, including the Sydney Festival, Bonnaroo, and Woodford Folk Festival. Hanggai was also the first Chinese band to perform at the Wacken Open Air Festival, the annual heavy metal festival held in Germany each summer.
Hanggai’s leader, singer/tobshuur player, Yiliqi, who once fronted punk band T9, traveled to his father’s homeland in Mongolia and learned the technique of throat singing (hoomei) and immersed himself in the traditional music and songs of the region. While in Mongolia, he met two music students who joined him in forming Hanggai. In an interview Ichi explains, “The roots of Hanggai's music come from traditional Mongolian music from different eras and different regions. Hanggai’s music doesn't really speak of Genghis Khan's time, but it does reflect the life and ethics of the Mongolian people. Some of our songs are influenced by Chinese music, because those songs were composed after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and we were all born long after that! We are influenced by what we grew up listening to, and we're still searching for our musical roots.”
The word “Hanggai” is Mongolian and means beautiful grassland with mountains, trees, river and blue sky. Hanggai’s unique mix of rock with drones, banjos, and hoomei, a centuries-old Mongolian technique in which the artist emits two different pitches at the same time, blends Mongolian folk music with more modern styles including punk. At the heart of the music are two traditional instruments, the morin khuur (a horse-hair fiddle) and the tobshuur (a two-stringed lute).
Hanggai performance schedule: July 16 at 8 p.m.
Running time: approximately 90 minutes
Matsukaze (Wind in the Pines)
July 18, 19, and 20, 2013
Three performances, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Composed by Toshio Hosokawa
Libretto by Hannah Dübgen
Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng
Conducted by John Kennedy
Set design by Chris Barreca
Lighting design by Scott Zielinski
Video design by Olivier Rosset
Costume design by Elizabeth Caitlin Ward
With: Pureum Jo (Matsukaze); Jihee Kim (Murasame); Gary Simpson (Monk); and Thomas Meglioranza (Fisherman)
With a hypnotic tapestry of sound, Toshio Hosokawa—one of Japan’s most prominent living composers—conjures up the spirit world of the play by a 15th-century Noh master on which his ethereal new opera is based. A traveling monk encounters two ghostly sisters—Matsukaze (Wind-in-the-pines) and Murasame (Autumn-Rain)—who are fated to wander the earth searching for the man who they both loved centuries ago. The production is directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, who is also responsible for the Festival production of Monkey: Journey to the West. The German libretto is by poet and dramatist Hannah Dübgen. Conductor John Kennedy leads the Talea Ensemble, conducting a score that was declared “compellingly beautiful” by The Financial Times (London).
Matsukaze will be Hosokawa’s first opera by to be produced in the United States. It opens with the tranquil sound of waves washing up on a beach. The contemporary score does not use Japanese instrumentation, aside from a few bells.
Matsukaze had its world premiere on May 3, 2011 at Théâtre de la Monnaie, where it was commissioned. It will have its U.S. premiere at Spoleto Festival USA on May 24, 2013. “I wanted to create Noh theater completely anew,” said Hosokawa in a New York Times interview when the work was presented at the Berlin State Opera in 2011.
Toshio Hosokawa was born in Hiroshima in 1955. In 1976 he began his studies in composition in Berlin, first with Isang Yun at the Hochschule der Künste and then with Klaus Huber at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. Over the years, as his reputation grew on the international contemporary music scene, he received a growing number of commissions. From 1989 to 1998, the composer was the artistic director and organizer of the annual Akiyoshidai International Contemporary Music Seminar and Festival in Yamaguchi. He has also been the artistic director of the Japanese Takefu International Music Festival in Fukuj. He was appointed as permanent guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music in 2004.
Influences from both Western music—from Schubert to Webern—and the cultural touchstones from traditional Japanese music can be found in Hosokawa’s compositions, which include orchestral works, solo concertos, chamber music, and film scores, alongside works for traditional Japanese instruments. The prize-winning composer considers the compositional process to be instinctively associated with the concepts of Zen Buddhism and its symbolic interpretation of nature. His orchestral work Circulating Ocean was composed in 2005 as a commission for the Salzburg Festival. Valery Gergiev conducted the world premiere and the British premiere took place at the BBC Proms a year later under the baton of Kazushi Ono. Hosokawa’s other works include the piano concerto Lotus under the moonlight, an homage to Mozart; the oratorio Voiceless voice in Hiroshima (1989/2000-01); his first opera, Vision of Lear, which premiered at the Münchener Biennale in 1998; and a second opera, Hanjo, which was first staged at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2004, followed by further performances in seven other cities. Hosokawa has been Composer-in-Residence at the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra since 1998. He lives in Nagano, Japan.
Matsukaze performance schedule: July 18, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Running time: one hour 20 minutes, no intermission.
Matsukaze is co-produced with Spoleto Festival USA.
The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Matsukaze is made possible in part by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
Michaels Reise Um Die Erde (Michael’s Journey Around the World)
July 18, 19, 20, 2013
Three performances, Avery Fisher Hall
Composer Karlheinz Stockhausen
Director Carlus Padrissa
Set Designer Roland Olbeter
Video Designer Franc Aleu
Sound Designer Paul Jeukendrup
Conductor Peter Rundel
Marco Blaauw, Trumpet solo (Michael)
Nicola Jürgensen, Basset horn solo (Eve)
Carl Rosman, Clarinet solo (Lucifer)
Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise Um Die Erde (Michael’s Journey Around the World) will receive its U.S. premiere at Festival 2013. The work is from the second act of “Donnerstag” (“Thursday”) from Licht (Light), the epic seven-opera cycle that took the composer 26 years to complete. This production by Wiener Taschenoper, directed by Carlus Padrissa, a founder of the avant-garde Catalan theater troupe, La Fura dels Baus, will transform the stage of Avery Fisher Hall. Michael’s Reise features German contemporary music ensemble musikFabrik.
A chance encounter between Stockhausen and a mysterious figure at Lincoln Center more than 40 years ago led to the creation of Licht. In 1971, the composer led the New York Philharmonic and guest soloists from Stockhausen Group in the triumphant premiere of Regions I-IV of his Hymnen, in Avery Fisher Hall. Following the concert, he was approached by a man who asked him to “become the minister of sound transmission” and presented the composer with The Urantia Book, a thick philosophic/religious/scientific tome, published in 1955, with a rich and complex moral narrative that is equal parts Tolkien and St. Paul. The book supplied the spiritual underpinnings of Stockhausen’s huge operatic cycle about the creation of the universe. Written between 1977-2003, Licht comprises seven full operas, one for each day of the week, and clocks in at 29 hours of music.
Michaels Reise Um Die Erde, a purely instrumental act from the “Thursday” section, has individual musicians portraying the leading roles of Michael the Archangel, Eve, and Lucifer, Michael’s adversary. These three, who symbolize spirituality, love, and pure, rational intellect, respectively, are the main characters in Licht, represented interchangeably throughout, by singers, instrumentalists or dancer/mimes.
In this production, a giant satellite dish dominates the stage; different views of the Earth and other images are projected on it. Images also dance on a gauze curtain hung in the foreground of the stage. Michael the Archangel (represented by the trumpeter Marco Blaauw in a virtuoso performance) performs from a perch atop a giant 20 foot high crane weighing nearly 2,000 pounds. With the crane in constant motion, tipping him upside down and sideways, he “flies” to seven points on the globe, including New York City, searching for good and evil. He encounters Lucifer, the dark angel (clarinetist Carl Rosman) as well as musicians costumed and representing penguins, clowns, and sailors. He finally meets Eve, who is portrayed by a basset-horn (Nicola Jüergensen). This staging of Michael’s Reise begins with the overture from “Thursday” entitled “Michael’s Gruss” (Michael’s Greeting), for 12 brass players.
German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928- 2007) created over 350 works and for fifty years was one of the most influential and controversial composers of the post-World War II period. He is known for groundbreaking work in electronic music, serial composition, and spacialization. His influence and admirers extend far beyond the frontiers of classical music; artists as diverse as Björk, the Beatles, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and Miles Davis all cited, or paid tribute to, Stockhausen’s influence on their work.
Michaels Reise Em Die Erde performance schedule: July 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Running time: approximately one hour
Original production of Michaels Reise Um Die Erde by Wiener Taschenoper in collaboration with Wiener Festwochen and co-produced by Köln Musik, Ensemble MusikFabrik and Festspielhaus Hellerau.
July 18 and 20, 2013
Two performances, Alice Tully Hall
Boundary-breaking New York composer John Zorn will turn sixty in September 2013. In collaboration with Zorn, Lincoln Center Festival will curate Zorn@60, a two-concert focus in Alice Tully Hall. The concerts are part of a large scale celebration of Zorn’s work during 2013 in Europe and the U.S. The Festival concerts will explore two aspects of Zorn’s huge and intriguing catalog—his compositions for vocal quintet and his cycle of string quartets.
The program for July 18: Zorn@60 – The Holy Visions consists of two lyrical works written for five a capella female voices: the sensual and evocative Shir Ha-Shirim, inspired by The Song of Songs (one of the Hebrew scriptures most enigmatic texts), and Zorn’s latest mystery play, The Holy Visions (heard at New York City Opera’s VOX 2012 showcase), based on the work of 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen. Both works feature some of the brightest voices on the contemporary and early music scenes in New York: Abby Fischer, Kirsten Sollek, Lisa Bielawa, Jane Sheldon, and Melissa Hughes. The first evening concludes with Zorn himself at the controls of Alice Tully Hall’s Kuhn organ performing a recital of improvisations entitled The Hermetic Organ.
On July 20, Zorn@60 – The Complete String Quartets, the focus shifts to Zorn’s powerful works for string quartet, performed by Jack Quartet, The Alchemy Quartet (made up of Zorn regulars Jesse Mills, violin; Jennifer Choi, violin; David Fulmer, viola; and Jay Campbell, cello), and Brooklyn Rider. This is the first time all six quartets will be performed together in one concert: Cat O’ Nine Tails (1988), Dead Man (1990), Memento Mori (1992), Kol Nidre (1996), Necronomicon (2003), and The Alchemist (2011).
Drawing upon his experience in classical, jazz, rock, hardcore punk, klezmer, world and improvised music, John Zorn has created an influential body of work that defies academic categories. Born and raised in New York City, he is a central figure in the downtown scene, bringing together a wide variety of creative musicians to suit his various compositional formats. His remarkably diverse work draws inspiration from art, cartoons, literature, film, theater, philosophy, alchemy, and mysticism. Zorn founded the Tzadik label in 1995, runs the East Village performance space The Stone, and has edited/published six volumes of musicians’ writings under the title ARCANA. Among the many honors he has received are the Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the William Schuman Prize for composition from Columbia University. He was inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame by Lou Reed in 2010 and is a MacArthur Fellow. In 2012, Zorn was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and given the honorary doctorate Magister Artium Gaundensis by the University of Ghent.
Zorn@60 performance schedule: July 18 and 20 at 8 p.m.
Running times: July 18 approximately one hour 45 minutes/July 20 approximately two hours
July 24-28, 2013
Five performances, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Conceived and directed by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
Starring Aurélia Thierrée
With Magnus Jakobson and Jaime Martinez
Set Design by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
Costume Design by Véronique Grand, Jacques Perdiguez, Monika Schwarzl and Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
Choreography by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and Armando Santin
Lighting Design by Thomas Dobruszkes
A journey of the imagination, where buildings dissolve and the realms of illusion and reality overlap, Murmurs was conceived, and is directed by, Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and performed by Aurélia Thierrée.
The French title of this mysterious and enchanting show, Murmures des Murs, or “murmuring walls” gives an indication of the non-linear narrative, which has the logic of a dream. A woman who is moving out of her house is gradually surrounded by shape-shifting Venetian architecture, fantastical creatures, and anonymous masked figures. Nothing is what it seems and anything might happen. Transformations, breathtaking chases, and surreal images abound in this topsy-turvy world.
Ms. Thierrée is joined onstage by two male foils: Swedish circus artist Magnus Jakobson, and American dancer Jaime Martinez, as well as a cadre of shadowy, masked characters and other creatures.
Aurelia’s Oratorio, the first collaboration between the team of Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and Aurélia Thierrée, was created in 2003 and has toured the world, including performances at the McCarter Theater, American Repertory Theater, and other U.S. venues.
Victoria Thierrée Chaplin’s 30-year body of work with her husband Jean Baptiste Thierrée includes Le Cirque Imaginaire and Le Cirque Invisible (seen at Lincoln Center Festival 97). The duo is generally credited with originating the “New Circus” genre. Aurélia Thierrée made her stage debut as a suitcase with legs in one of her parents’ shows.
Murmurs has been performed most recently at the South Bank Centre, London, LG Art Center, Seoul, and Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow.
Murmurs performance schedule: July 24, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m; July 28 at 2 p.m.
Running time: 70 minute, no intermission
Murmurs was originally produced by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin with co-commissioning partners : Compagnie des petites heures - Théâtre de Carouge – Atelier de Genève, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, La Coursive Scène nationale de La Rochelle, Grand Théâtre de Provence – Aix-en-Provence, Scène nationale de Sénart, Théâtre de l'Archipel – Perpignan and El Canal Centre d'Arts Escèniques (Salt-Girona) – Scène Catalane Transfrontalière, Théâtre de Caen, Ville de Saint Quentin – Picardie, Le Rive Gauche – Scène conventionnée pour la danse, Théâtre de Villefranche (Rhône) – Scène conventionnée, Avant Seine – Colombes, Crying Out Loud – London, supported by Arts Council England, in association with Corn Exchange, Newbury and New Greenham Arts.
The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Murmurs is made possible in part by generous support from The Grand Marnier Foundation and Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust.
Sinéad O’Connor: The Gospel Sessions
July 26 and 27, 2013
Two performances; Alice Tully Hall
Multi-platinum recording artist Sinéad O’Connor returns to Lincoln Center to unveil a special, new program at the conclusion of the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival, performing two nights of classic American soul gospel music in Alice Tully Hall. These performances will be her only scheduled U.S. appearance this summer. Ireland’s most widely-known female vocalist, O’Connor was last in the U.S. as a special guest artist in the Lincoln Center Festival 2012 tribute to Curtis Mayfield. She electrified the crowd: “Her soaring vocals spurring the crowd to leap to their feet,” according to Rolling Stone.
Gospel artists such as The Staples Singers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke, and The Soul Stirrers have long been a part of O’Connor’s personal soundtrack, and serve as touchstones for this intimate exploration of her deep love of gospel music, under the musical directorship of Obie Award-winning pianist and composer Bob Telson.
These concerts will only be performed at Lincoln Center Festival, making this the only opportunity for her ardent fans to experience the intense and compelling artist performing some of American’s most soul-stirring music.
Sinéad O’Connor: The Gospel Sessions performance schedule: July 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.
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