the Polish Cultural Institute New York
A Centennial Tribute to Andrzej Panufnik
with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
at 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
Tickets: seated: $20 advance, $25 day of show / standing $15 advance. $20 day of show
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) celebrates the centennial of the iconic Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik, performing his String Quartet no. 2, Messages, and the Song to the Virgin Mary, a work originally for a cappella voices which the composer arranged for string sextet. Panufnik's Messages recalls the composer's childhood experience of pressing his ear to telephone poles and listening to the sounds of the suspended wires in the wind, which he considered one of his earliest artistic pursuits. Again drawing on memory, in Song to the Virgin Mary Panufnik recalls Polish peasants devotion to the Madonna in a work that invokes both folk music and plainchant. ACME will pair these works with two pieces by composer Aleksander Lason, his String Quartet no. 4 and Deciso e affetuoso for solo cello. The program covers four decades of strikingly beautiful Polish chamber music.
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), celebrating its tenth season in 2014-2015, is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. The ensemble presents fresh work by living composers alongside the classics of the contemporary. Led by Artistic Director Clarice Jensen, ACMEs dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. NPR calls them contemporary new music dynamos, and The New York Times describes ACME's performances as vital, brilliant, and electrifying. ACME has performed at leading venues across the country and can be heard on the New World Records and New Amsterdam Records labels.
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