Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra - Harlafti NY Premiere
Mar
30
3:00 PM15:00

Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra - Harlafti NY Premiere

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Photo: Courtesy of the MSO.

New York City premiere of works by composer-in-residence Niki Harlafti and works by Lara Poe and Frank Martin, as well as Jeremey Rapaport-Stein's prize-winning quartet, Fuzzy Assemblages. This is a FREE event.

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By the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra

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Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra - Harlafti World Premiere
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra - Harlafti World Premiere

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World premiere of works by Lara Poe and MSO Composer-in-Residence Niki Harlafti, as well as the world premiere of Frank Martin's Passacaille adapted for saxophone orchestra by Michael Brinzer. This concert will include Jacob Walls prize-winning quartet, Tachygenesis.

By the Megalopolis Saxophone Quartet

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Lecture by Niki Harlafti, MSO Composer-In-Residence
Mar
23
3:30 PM15:30

Lecture by Niki Harlafti, MSO Composer-In-Residence

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Do you love saxophone? Do you have questions for the MSO's first-ever Composer-in-Residence? Are you curious about contemporary techniques and how these can emerge from the Baroque tradition? What does Bach have to do with the Japanese kintsugi tradition?
Niki will answer all your questions and more, in anticipation of the world premiere of her piece “Kintsugi,” commissioned by the MSO! Hear Niki's thoughts as well as live demonstrations by members of Megalopolis at this FREE event.

About Niki’s new work (to be premiered on 2/24):

“Kintsugi,” also known as “the art of precious scars,” is the Japanese practice of repairing broken porcelain and ceramics with gold. It highlights the cracks and repairs with gold, turning them into beautiful events in the object’s life. In other words, kitsugi is a projection of human resilience on the material world.
In Niki’s brand new work, the fragmented musical “object” is J.S. Bach’s famous Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor BWV 582 for organ, which has been arranged for orchestra by some of the greatest conductors in history, choreographed by Roland Petit (“Le Jeune Homme et La Mort”) and was even used in the dark baptism sequence of the Godfather (1972). The piece begins with the Passacaglia ostinato theme which, sounds somewhat “broken” and “glued” back together; the lower saxophones are just microtones apart, which results in beatings that sound like dissonant interruptions between pitches that are almost in unison. Just like baroque passacaglias, my work is in a triple meter, the low ostinato is present throughout the whole piece, and a number of variations unfold above it. However, the original Passacaglia is molded into an environment of new harmonies and contemporary rhythms, expressive effects, extended playing techniques, and more, thus creating a new, fascinating musical entity.

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Christos Marinos & Friends | The Greek Spirit in Art Song
Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Christos Marinos & Friends | The Greek Spirit in Art Song

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Photo: Christos Marinos and Maria Devitzáki in Thessaloniki, 6.6.2017.

From Schubert songs based on Greek-themed poems, to Greek Art Song repertoire and premieres by Greek composers, pianist and vocal coach Christos Marinos is guaranteed to perform a stunning recital with singers Rebecca Blackwell, Chul Young Kim, Sarah Stein, Alyssa Becker, and Sophia Prasinos. The program also includes songs by Jani Christou, Vivien Lambelet, Rena Kyriakou, Linda Kouvaras, and a world premiere by Niki Harlafti, dedicated to Christos Marinos.

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The Playground at Rambert Dance
Dec
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Playground at Rambert Dance

Photo: Courtesy of Nick Guttridge. Rambert Dance.

Rambert dancer, and The Playground co-founder, Nancy Nerantzi is joining us as a choreographer at this Friday.

Nancy will explore the relationship between the dancer, observer and content. Through task-based exercises, improvision, constructed material and dialogue with the participants, together they will create material under a specific dramaturgical line. 

Nancy will be collaborating with native Greek, Chicago-based composer and educator Niki Harlafti.

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