On October 22, 2014, Kronos Quartet’s founder David Harrington joined with NPR’s Brooke Gladstone for a stimulating conversation about Kronos’s contributions to the modern string quartet. Harrington and Gladstone discussed Kronos’s origins in depth, including Harrington’s earliest influences and the state of the contemporary chamber music/quartet scene at the time Kronos was founded in 1973, as well as the legacy that Harrington and Kronos have left to the string quartet in the 21st century. The talk was a great...read more
Thanks to everyone who helped make our last event, Strings Attached, a conversation with David Harrington and Brooke Gladstone, a great success! If you were unable to attend or would like to revisit the talk or performances, you can listen here (video forthcoming). Stay tuned for news of the next, fall 2015 event, about which we are eagerly brainstorming!read more
The Kronos Quartet–whose founding member, David Harrington, will soon be appearing in our Music in 21st Century Society lecture series–recently concluded a week-long run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, performing Landfall, a new work inspired by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, with composer Laurie Anderson. The multi-media work is a 100 minute song cycle…read more
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Innovative violinist David Harrington, founder of the Kronos Quartet, will be speaking about his music and career at the Graduate Center this coming Fall. This event will also feature a live performance of music selected by Harrington.
Harrington was inspired to form Kronos in 1973 after hearing a performance of Black Angels, an avante-garde piece by George Crumb. The new group quickly expanded into unconventional territory, performing renditions of songs by jazz artists, such as Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk, rock artists like Jimi Hendrix, as well as repertoire from past masters and contemporary composers.read more
October 25, 2013 The Creative Pulse with Philip Glass was a successful event that generated thoughtful discussion about continuing creativity in music and arts through interdisciplinarity and collaboration. The streaming video is available here. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoOQkhXvtDc[/youtube] On October 16, the Barry S. Brook Center and the Ph.D. and D.M.A. Program in Music at the Graduate Center honored the late Charles Rosen with a concert and reception. Rosen was the inaugural lecturer for Music in 21st-Century Society. The...read more
Claire Chase, a flute soloist, artistic collaborator, and art entrepreneur will be the moderator for “The Creative Pulse: A Conversation with Philip Glass” on October 15, 2013 at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall. Chase will perform one of Glass’ works for flute and continue the musical discussion by leading an audience question-and-answer session.read more
July 19, 2013: The inaugural lecture “The Challenges of Modernist Music” delivered by the late Charles Rosen is now available in streaming video, here. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geyRVsZqyyc[/youtube]read more
July 19, 2013: Paul Griffiths’ lecture and discussion “We Are What We Hear” is now ready to view. The entire lecture, musical interlude, and discussion with Jeff Milarsky is available through streaming video here. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFLy_cEhZX4&list=PL7WiyeP3N1nVC8wc61YcuYnYBHrueqVIx&index=1[/youtube]read more
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Composer Philip Glass discusses his music and how the process of artistic collaboration with exceptionally creative minds (including Robert Wilson, Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, and Godfrey Reggio, among many others), has shaped his musical output. Their artistic partnerships have undoubtedly had an impact on New York cultural landscape and, in the process, have contributed noticeably to the creative economy of the city.
May 3, 2013
The featured speaker for the Music in 21st-Century Society, 2013 Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lecture has recently published several articles to the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Additionally, the composer Rebecca Saunder, whose piece “Song” was chosen for the 2013 lecture, was featured in the New Yorker.