PS21 Winter Celebration | The Talea Ensemble performs "Solstices"

  • December 21, 2023 4:26 PM - 6:00 PM
  • PS21 Black Box Theater

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
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Celebrate the beginning of winter with Georg Friedrich Haas’s Solstices (2017), performed at sunset in complete darkness. Praised for their “verve and immaculate virtuosity” by The Washington Post, the Talea Ensemble guides audiences through an immersive and powerfully sensory musical experience.

On the winter solstice, Talea will perform Georg Friedrich Haas’s Solstices for ten musicians in complete darkness. By subtracting light from our experience, Solstices adds a new lens to our ability to relate to sound, bringing together performers and audiences through intensive listening. An immersive work, Solstices amplifies the experience through microtones and overtones and evokes the natural phenomena of planetary movement. The performance begins at sunset, 4:26 PM, on the shortest day of the year, to mark the passage from autumn to winter.


The run-time for Solstices is approximately 75 minutes, and the performance will take place in complete darkness. To give attendees a chance to acclimate to the room, the presentation will begin with a few minutes of darkness in advance of the full performance. Ushers will be equipped with night vision goggles to assist anyone who needs to exit during the performance.  



Georg Friedrich Haas has emerged as one of the major European composers of his generation. His music is a highly original synthesis of the Austrian tradition of the grand orchestral statement with forward-looking interests in harmonic color and microtonal tuning, stemming from both French spectralism and American experimentalism. The result is an exploratory, uncompromising music that is also sensuously attractive. Since 2013 Haas has served on the composition faculty at Columbia University.


Photo by Gian Marco Castelberg


Talea Ensemble’s mission is to champion musical creativity, cultivate curious listeners, and bring visionary new works to life with vibrant performances that remain in the audience’s imagination long after a concert. 


Recipients of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Talea has brought to life at least 45 commissions of major new works since it was founded in 2008. Talea has helped introduce NYC audiences to important works of composers such as Pierre Boulez, Georg Friedrich Haas, Beat Furrer, Olga Neuwirth, Unsuk Chin, and Hans Abrahamsen, and has regularly commissioned composers of the following generations. 


Engagements include performances at Lincoln Center Festival, Donaueschingen Musiktage, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Wien Modern, Vancouver New Music, Time of Music Finland, TIME:SPANS, NY Philharmonic Artist Spotlight Series, and many more. Talea’s recordings have been distributed worldwide on the Kairos, Wergo, Gravina Musica, Tzadik, Innova, and New World Records labels, and been broadcast on ORF (Austria), HRF (Germany), and WQXR’s Q2. 


Talea assumes an ongoing role in supporting a new generation of composers, and has undertaken residencies in music departments around the country. Since 2020, Talea has targeted support to early career composers through the Talea Access Project, which includes a commissioning program and a composer recording workshop.




Talea is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Talea Ensemble's 2023-24 season projects are supported in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund, Amphion Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, and generous donors like you. Talea’s season is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Date & Time

Thu, Dec 21, 2023 4:26 PM - 6:00 PM

Venue Details

PS21 Black Box Theater

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 Black Box Theater
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