Great news if you are a fan of jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Mehldau has been given a season-long residency at Carnegie Hall this season, 2010-2011. What this means? Alot of fantastic new Brad Mehldau music; there will be music with strings, music with words, music for two pianos! Exciting. (Thanks to Nonesuch Records site for having such a great press write up on this news.)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010: Mehldau’s composition Highway Rider with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Jeff Ballard, Larry Grenadier, Joshua Redman, and Matt Chamberlain.
Saturday, February 19, 2011: Expanded Love Songs cycle with singer Anne Sofie van Otter.
From Nonesuch Records:
Mehldau explores both his improvisational side and his interest in the formal structure of classical music with a solo program featuring some of his own original compositions interspersed with classical piano works that influenced him throughout his career. In February, he reunites with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter for the New York premiere of a newly expanded version of his song cycle Love Songs, along with traditional lieder and standards from composers like Brahms and Lennon & McCartney. The expanded version of Love Songs was commissioned by Carnegie Hall following the original’s spring 2009 debut by this duo. The original libretto comprises three poems by early 20th-century American poet Sara Teasdale, book-ended by poems from Philip Larkin and e. e. cummings.
Friday, March 11, 2011: a concert featuring the world premiere of a new work for two pianos, six winds, and percussion co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.
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