Join us tomorrow on YouTube Live for pianist Jenny Lin
Posted May 27, 2020
With our launch of Annenberg Center @ Home, this spring has been a season of new beginnings. Tomorrow evening at 7 PM, we take another new step into the world of livestreamed events.
In March, we presented pianist and Steinway artist Jenny Lin at the Penn Museum. Little did we know at the time that it would be our final performance for the season, not to mention the conclusion of Lin’s own spring concert schedule. With this in mind, we invited Lin back for our first-ever livestreamed event, a watch party and live discussion with Christopher Gruits, our Executive & Artistic Director. Read more...
ListenUp: Zeitgeist Playlist
Posted May 27, 2020
In October 2019, joined by Bowerbird
and Penn’s Department of Music
, we presented Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90, a three-concert festival that celebrated more than seventy years of music by Grammy® and Pulitzer Prize®-winning composer George Crumb. Crumb is one of the most frequently performed composers today. His music often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles, ranging from the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk, to non-Western music. Many of his works include programmatic, symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements, which are often reflected in his beautiful and meticulously notated scores. Crumb retired from Penn in 1997 after more than 30 years of teaching. He was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Penn in May 2009. This week’s playlist celebrates the music performed during Zeitgeist including Apparition
, Book I-IV
and the Vietnam War-haunted Black Angels
, in addition to a selection of Crumb’s early compositions. Listen in to this sweeping retrospective of the work of this essential American composer.
The Crossing's new album CARTHAGE features music by James Primosch
Madeline Bell · Posted May 26, 2020
The Crossing @ Christmas at the Church of the Holy Trinity
Photo by Ryan Collerd
We were thrilled to partner with The Crossing
this season as our choir-in-residence, and deeply disappointed when their residency was cut short due to COVID-19. We presented The Crossing @ Christmas in December, followed by the unforgettable Knee Plays in February as part of our three-week #GLASSFEST
honoring Philip Glass
. We then closed our doors just days before the choir’s final residency performance of the season, the world premiere of Michael Gordon
’s Travel Guide to Nicaragua
with cellist Maya Beiser
. While we had hoped to reschedule the performance, we ultimately had to cancel it as the pandemic continued to unfold.
Nevertheless, The Crossing, like many performing ensembles, has carried on in the virtual landscape. Every morning since March 16, Rising with The Crossing has provided us with daily selections from the choir’s best performances and recordings. Read more...
ListenUp: New Music Playlist
Posted May 21, 2020
We ring in this week’s playlist with the sound of bells. Sō Percussion
, slated to make their Annenberg Center debut this past April, has been rescheduled for October, when they’ll perform the world premieres of works by graduate students in composition from Penn’s Department of Music
. Here, we feature the ensemble’s recordings of music by Steve Reich
, Paul Lansky
, and Glenn Kotche
. Next up on the playlist is a sampling of The Crossing
’s gorgeous recording of Robert Convery
, which is set to Hart Crane’s early 20th-century poem of the same name. Although The Crossing’s residency at the Annenberg Center this year was cut short, we can’t wait to bring them back in future seasons. We round out our new music playlist by revisiting two solo piano works we heard at Jenny Lin
’s Glass Reflections recital at the Penn Museum
this past March: Philip Glass
’ hypnotic Etude No. 2 and György Ligeti’s intricate first étude, Désordre
Watch Einstein on the Beach through Apr 19
Posted April 16, 2020
We can’t get enough Philip Glass these days following our memorable #GLASSFEST this past winter. Through April 19, the Grand Théâtre de Genève has provided free viewing access to its full-length production of Einstein on the Beach. Glass and Robert Wilson's groundbreaking opera "has no narration, no plot and follows no biographical intention" (Broadway World), yet draws the viewer in with its poetic, signature Glass progression through time. Co-produced and performed by Swiss theatre group Compagnia Finzi Pasca, Einstein on the Beach opened the Grand Théâtre's 19/20 season.
ListenUp: #GLASSFEST Playlist
Posted April 16, 2020
During the 19/20 season, the Annenberg Center presented #GLASSFEST, a celebration of the career and impact of Philip Glass, one of our nation’s most significant modern composers. Our debut ListenUp playlist, curated by Executive and Artistic Director Christopher Gruits, contains the works performed during the three-week festival including those composed by Glass and those performed in juxtaposition with Glass’ works.