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Witold Lutoslawski. Image courtesy of Marek Suchecki.
Music by Lutoslawski & Steven Stucky

Friday, December 13, 2013, 7:30 PM

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $32; $27 members, $20 under 30 (with valid ID), available online 

The Polish Cultural Institute New York together with Symphony Space and radio WQXR-Q2 presents Witold Lutoslawski: A Centennial Tribute, featuring ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Lutoslawski scholar Steven Stucky, author of the critical biography Lutoslawski and His Music, and recipient of the Lutoslawski Society medal and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Deems Taylor Award.

The program, which will also feature a discussion with Steven Stucky hosted by Symphony Space artistic director Laura Kaminsky, includes Lutoslawski's Sacher Variation for solo cello, Bukoliki for viola and cello, and his String Quartet, as well as Stucky's Dialoghi for solo cello and his Nell'ombra, nella luce for string quartet. The entire concert will be recorded by and streamed live by Q2 Music at as part of Q2's Celebrating Poland: Lutoslawski, Penderecki and New Music Now.

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-94), one of the greatest musical minds of his era, elevated contemporary Polish concert music to world's highest standards. For more than sixty years, his unique compositions have been entrancing listeners in all major concert halls throughout the world, exploring new kinds of beauty and revealing previously unknown possibilities of understanding and experience of the modern world. The Polish Parliament adopted a resolution declaring 2013 the "Year of Witold Lutoslawski," in recognition of special importance of his work for national and world heritage: "On the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the composer Witold Lutoslawski, the Polish Parliament is paying homage to one of the greatest artists of our time, who made a lasting and important contribution to Polish and international music of the Twentieth Century."

Steven Stucky is widely recognized as a leading American contemporary composer. He was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Second Concerto for Orchestra and has received commissions from many major American orchestras and ensembles. Mr. Stucky has taught at Cornell University since 1980, where he serves as Given Foundation Professor of Composition. For more than 20 years he has been associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he currently is Consulting Composer for New Music.

Led by artistic director and cellist Clarice Jensen, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the Twentieth and Twenty first Centuries. The ensemble presents cutting-edge literature by living composers alongside contemporary "classics." ACME's dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned the group a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. Time Out New York calls the group "one of New York's brightest new music indie-bands." The New York Times describes ACME's performances as "vital," "brilliant," and "electrifying."

ACME will perform in following lineup: Caroline Shaw & Caleb Burhans, violins; Nadia Sirota, viola; Clarice Jensen, cello.

Presented by Symphony Space in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York and WQXR-Q2.

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