April 25, 2011: New work at Monday Evening Concerts

Monday Evening Concerts
Monday, April 25, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
West Coast Premiere
Rick Bahto New Work

World Premiere

Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s hour of snow music is, like snow itself, intricately patterned and translucent, simple and magical. Now in his fifties, Abrahamsen went through a long period of silence and meditation before finding a new kind of music. Schnee is his biggest achievement so far: ten movements that change in character from luminous high, almost static brilliance to dancing agility, all the time discovering new aspects in the same beautiful melody. The ensemble of two pianos, each with its own trio, and percussion creates a succession of multiple refractions, folding memory into the fascinating present.
I will be premiering a new work for three Super 8 projectors, looking at the winter landscape of the Sonoran desert.