If American music has a living epitome, it is John Adams.” America’s contemporary music icon returns to lead his own music, as well as that of a younger generation. Quietly heralding the evening’s start is Adams’ spatial fanfare Tromba lontana. Samuel Adams pushes to the extreme in his many words of love, finding inspiration in Schubert and Japanese pop. Hailed for his “playful intelligence and individuality,” Timo Andres creates a magical quest inspired by Beethoven in The Blind Banister, a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize performed by its dedicatee, pianist Jonathan Biss. David Lang offers a majestic homage to Copland and, in its East Coast premiere, Andres performs Ingram Marshall’s Flow, a spiritual ebb-and-flow peppered with references to his colleagues and friends.
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Tromba lontana, Fanfare for Orchestra
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The Blind Banister, Piano Concerto No. 3
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Samuel Carl Adams
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many words of love
John Adams, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano
Timo Andres, piano
Timo Andres is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut, studied at Yale University and now lives in Brooklyn. A Nonesuch Records artist, his newest album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, has been hailed for its “playful intelligence and individuality” (The Guardian), and of his 2010 debut album for two pianos, Shy and Mighty, Alex Ross wrote in TheNew Yorker that “it achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene… more mighty than shy, [Andres] sounds like himself.”
This season Andres’ new works have included a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and a string quartet for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series. He toured with fellow composer/performer Gabriel Kahane—for whom he has written a new work, commissioned by Carnegie Hall—to Carnegie, the Newman Center in Denver, the Schubert Club in St. Paul and UNC-Chapel Hill, and with Philip Glass, joining the composer in performances of Glass’ complete Piano Etudes, with dates in Mexico City and Chicago. These follow 2014-15 season performances with Glass at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, San Francisco Performances, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and London’s Barbican Centre.
Other recent highlights include commissions from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a new piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, for a consortium including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances. Next season Mr. Andres writes a major new work for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to be led during a Brahms festival by Music Director Andris Nelsons.
As a pianist Mr. Andres has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, (Le) Poisson Rouge and San Francisco Performances. He has performed in Boston, New York and Denver with Brad Mehldau, appeared at the 2014 Ojai Festival with the Knights Chamber Orchestra and performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the North Carolina Symphony in January and May of 2015.
Mr. Andres frequently performs with the new music ensemble ACME and is one-sixth of the Sleeping Giant composers’ collective. For more information, visit www.andres.com.