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<em>CrossCurrents</em>: Contemporary Music Week.  May 1 - 10, 2009

Composers
  • Bruce Adolphe
  • Julian Anderson
  • Lera Auerbach
  • George Benjamin
  • Harrison Birtwistle
  • Elliott Carter
  • Oliver Knussen
  • Colin Matthews
  • Nicholas Maw
  • Gunther Schuller
  • Sean Shepherd
  • Augusta Read Thomas
  • Joan Tower
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage
  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Concerts & Composers

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Composer Spotlight: Lera Auerbach

As part of CrossCurrents, the Kennedy Center's Contemporary Music Week, pianist/composer Lera Auerbach performs a program of her works with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.

Fri., May 1, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$25.00

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ETHEL

Eclectic string quartet ETHEL, comprised of four Juilliard-trained composers and musicians, performs its unique blend of blues, jazz, rock, and pop in Phil Kline's Space for Amplified String Quartet. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Sat., May 2, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Composer Spotlight: Bruce Adolphe

As part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week, this concert features a selection of composer Bruce Adolphe's chamber works played by some of today's exciting musicians and the Center debut of the Apollo Trio.

Sat., May 2, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$25.00

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Daniel Bernard Roumain

Violinist, composer, and performer, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain is a master of musical diversity, performing music that blends classical with hip hop and electronica. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Sun., May 3, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Family Theater

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Ljova and the Kontraband

New York City–based ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband plays a genre-defying blend of chamber music, gypsy melodies, jazz, and tango rhythms. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Mon., May 4, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Composer Spotlight: Joan Tower

Acclaimed composer Joan Tower's music is often personally inspired. Tower on piano is joined first by her frequent collaborators the Muir Quartet and then the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio as part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Mon., May 4, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$25.00

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Red Light New Music Ensemble

Inspired by American composers such as Ives, Copland, and Cage, the New York–based Red Light New Music Ensemble is dedicated to presenting exciting and original contemporary music from musicians around the world. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Tue., May 5, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Miami String Quartet

These two world-renowned ensembles return for a program with works by Boccherini and Dvorák, as well as the D.C. premiere of a new piano septet written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich as part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Tue., May 5, 2009, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$38.00

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Fuse Ensemble

The D.C.-based Fuse Ensemble presents a multimedia experience that combines video with composer Gina Biver’s blend of classical music influenced by jazz, world, minimalism, avant-garde, and electronica. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Wed., May 6, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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The Nash Ensemble of London

The Nash Ensemble of London boasts an eclectic repertoire, from the classics to the contemporary. They perform a program that was chosen by British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, the curator of the Kennedy Center's Contemporary Music Week.

Wed., May 6, 2009, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$38.00

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Mimesis Ensemble

The newly formed, New York City–based Mimesis Ensemble, comprised of energetic emerging graduates of the country’s top music schools, performs works by living composers Halim El-Dabh, Pozzi Escot, and Mohammed Fairouz. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Thu., May 7, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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National Symphony Orchestra: Oliver Knussen, conductor/Leila Josefowicz, violin, plays Knussen

As part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week, Oliver Knussen leads a program that includes his own Violin Concerto. The work features Leila Josefowicz, who the Chicago Sun-Times says "plays with a zest and fiery personality."

May 7 - 9, 2009

Concert Hall

$20.00 - $80.00

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Janus Trio

This flute, viola, and harp trio from Brooklyn performs new and established works. The Cleveland Plain Dealer calls the Janus Trio, “a gem made in heaven and polished to perfection.” Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Fri., May 8, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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So Percussion

An eclectic and experimental percussion quartet, So Percussion performs music that is “astonishing and entrancing” (Billboard), playing instruments that include every-day objects. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

Sat., May 9, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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National Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble: Oliver Knussen, conductor; Brad Lubman, conductor

Conductors Oliver Knussen and Brad Lubman lead a chamber ensemble of NSO musicians as part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week. The program includes Knussen's Requiem - Songs for Sue featuring soprano Elizabeth Keusch.

Sun., May 10, 2009, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$25.00

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