Strange Scenes Festival – The Music of Wolfgang Rihm

New Chamber Ballet: dancers: Rachele Perla, Madeleine Williams, Amber Neff, and Traci Finch

New Chamber Ballet: dancers: Rachele Perla, Madeleine Williams, Amber Neff, and Traci Finch, © Eduardo Patino

05.09.2019 - Article

The Night – A ballet by Miro Magloire kicks off the Strange Scenes Festival on September 13 and 14, 2019 at the City Center Studio 5.

The German Consulate General Co-Presents:

The Strange Scenes Festival will present musical performances by German composer Wolfgang Rihm featuring the Mivos Quartet, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, soloists Abigel Kralik, Julian Schwarz, Hannah Harnest, and Sophie Delphis, as well as New Chamber Ballet from September 13 – November 27.

The festival will feature a world premiere ballet and two concerts exploring Rihm’s rich vocal and instrumental chamber music, including a New York premiere, performed by established and emerging artists. The festival will conclude with a panel of the performers discussing their immersion in Rihm’s music.

Perhaps the most influential German composer of our time, Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952) has been championed by luminaries of the classical music world. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has commissioned works from him, and so have both the New York and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, amongst others. Rihm is equally revered by cutting-edge New Music ensembles, leading to a prolific output that lists over 400 works. More than any other composer of our time, he has bridged the gap between the avant-garde and general audiences, and has been embraced by both.
Rihm may be one of the most knowledgeable musicians around – not only on music, but on literature, history, art, philosophy – and he has put the human experience at the center of his work. In a time when Romanticism seems dated and out of place, he insists that even the newest sounds ought to express human feelings, and can do so in ways more relevant to today’s audiences’ needs. His music is bold, all-embracing, irreverent, and encyclopedic.

This fall, a collective of various New York City-based performing arts groups has joined forces to present the Strange Scenes, a festival designed to provide a multifaceted immersion into Rihm’s musical world. The festival takes its title from Rihm’s piano trio Fremde Szenen, performed during the festival, and alludes to the composer’s frequent inspiration by literary fragments.

The festival’s lineup includes the Mivos Quartet (“one of America's most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” – The Chicago Reader), the Ekmeles vocal Ensemble (“a brilliant young ensemble defining a fresh and virtuosic American sound” – The New Yorker), New Chamber Ballet (“one of the small-scale delights of the NY dance scene” – the New York Times), and a group of internationally acclaimed soloists (Julian Schwarz, cello, Abigel Kralik, violin, Sophie Delphis, mezzo soprano) around pianist Hannah Harnest (Bard College and adjunct faculty NYU Steinhardt) who will perform seminal chamber works by Rihm.

Staged Production

The Night – A ballet by Miro Magloire (world premiere)

Location and time:
City Center Studio 5
130 W 56th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10019
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:30pm

More information and reservations at: The Night

Top of page