House Blend is PS21's annual chamber music series exploring a full range of adventurous music and creative modes of expression, fostering new collaborations specific to our place, venue, and audiences.
The stylistically diverse series includes cutting edge new music and bold works of the past, creating new contexts for experiencing music in which even the familiar becomes surprising. All programs are developed for our space, and with an eye toward bringing virtuosic and thoughtful musicians together in genre defying collaborations. House Blend invites listeners to experience the thrill of hearing music in new ways.
House Blend I Program:
Leo Ornstein: Wild Men’s Dance; Nocturne
Claude Vivier: Music for violin and Clarinet
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne
Igor Stravinsky: Duo Concertant
Rebecca Saunders: The Underside of Green
About the Artists:
Miranda Cuckson (Violin):
Miranda Cuckson, a returning fan favorite of PS21, performed in our previous interations of the House Blend Series, proving once again that “her tonal luster and variety of touch enliven everything she plays” (Zachary Woolfe, the New York Times). One of the stars of new music in New York, she is “a fearless, visionary, and tremendously talented artist.” She has played countless concerts of contemporary works, including recently at Ojai Music Festival, premiering a new violin concerto written for her by the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, with its co-commissioning orchestras: the Suntory Festival and Tokyo Symphony with Ilan Volkov, the Staatsorchester Stuttgart with Sylvain Cambreling, and the Orchestra of Casa da Música in Porto with Baldur Brönnimann. “The only downside” of her role as new-music champion, Anthony Tommasini noted, “is that audiences may not know how superbly she plays the standards.”
Eric Huebner (Piano):
Since his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17, pianist Eric Huebner has won worldwide acclaim for his performances of new and traditional music. In January 2012, he was appointed pianist of the New York Philharmonic where he currently holds the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Piano Chair. A passionate devotée of twentieth and twenty-first century music, his artistic touchstones include György Ligeti, whose études and Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano he recorded on the album Désordre. A devoted teacher as well as performer, he is an Associate Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he mentors undergraduate and graduate pianists and teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first century piano music and literature.
Adrian Sandi (Clarinet):
Hailed by the New York Times as “a brilliantly cool yet tender soloist”, he is an active solo recitalist and has given chamber music and solo performances throughout his musical career in different cities in Costa Rica, Panama, USA, Canada, China, Mexico, Germany, Belgium and Guatemala. As an avid performer of new music, Adrián is currently a member of loadbang, Ensemble Signal, founder of Ensamble ECO and has performed with groups such as New York New Music Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, Numinous, and has toured with Bang on a Can All-Stars. Regularly performing works of rising and living composers, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with composer/conductors Oliver Knussen, Tristan Murail, Steve Reich, Charles Wourinen, Hilda Paredes, Anna Clyne, David Lang and John Zorn.
Established in Chatham, NY in 2006, PS21 supports innovative performing artists and creators and introduces their work to a broader audience, while also providing the surrounding region with opportunities for arts engagement regardless of economic status, cultural background, and age.
Five acres of PS21's 100+ acres are developed; the rest are meadows and woodlands. Situated near the theater are the Dance Barn, a rehearsal and performance venue, and two artists’ residences accommodating sixteen individuals. The PS21 property is also host to the Chatham Farm Animal Rescue. PS21's new theater and rural campus are important resources for both visiting artists and the community, optimized for the public's enjoyment and to encourage citizen expression and participation.
The 350-seat theater is a state-of-the-art, green facility offering resident makers and performers the tools and flexibility for successful innovation and collaboration in the development of sophisticated multi-media work. Few other US facilities are able to provide this level of technical support. PS21 operates year-round, supporting performances by and residencies for dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, actors and creators. The summer season is PS21's public highlight, during which a full calendar of performances is augmented with a myriad of events and workshops, many of which are free of charge and involve community collaboration with the gifted artists in residence.
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