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Cello Octet Amsterdam, photo by Remke Spijkers
(Le) Poisson Rouge,
with generous support of the Polish Cultural Institute,

Artistic Director ROBERT PUTOWSKI

US premieres of works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Terry Riley, Cristobal Halffter, and Olga Hans
NY premieres for Arvo Part and Cristobal Halffter

Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 9:00 PM

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street at Thompson Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $15, Tel: 212.503.3474 or online

Riding the wave of distinction as the world's only full-time cello octet, [COA] has been busy quelling skeptics and winning friends since 1989. - Los Angeles Times

Total technical perfection, intensity and colorful interpretations. - The Strad

The richness of their sound, their expression and the technical mastery of this ensemble are unimaginable. - El Pais, Madrid

The internationally renowned Cello Octet Amsterdam makes its New York debut at (Le) Poisson Rouge with an adventurous program featuring three U.S premieres for composers Krzysztof Penderecki - Agnus Dei from his Polish Requiem, Olga Hans - Piesni sloneczne (Songs of the Sun), and Terry Riley - ArchAngels - a protest piece written after the U.S. attack on Iraq following the events of 9/11, composed especially for the Cello Octet Amsterdam. Arvo Part's O-Antiphonen and Cristobal Halffter's Fandango will enjoy their New York premieres.

The Dutch ensemble Cello Octet Amsterdam (formerly Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico) is a unique ensemble that has quickly become one of the most renowned on the international music scene, with 13 CDs and over 60 premieres to its name. The group was founded in 1989 by Elias Arizcuren - who served as their conductor until 1997. Since then, Polish cellist Robert Putowski has served as principal cellist and artistic director. The special composition of the group demands specially written music; and the Octet has inspired many great composers to write pieces for them, including Arvo Part, Terry Riley, Mauricio Kagel, Theo Loevendie, Franco Donatoni, and Luciano Berio.

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