Pianist Huw Watkins joins BCMG musicians for a special evening of British and American chamber music, with a varied program of landmark twentieth-century works, including the Washington premiere of Elliott Carter’s final work Epigrams. The concert unwraps the world premiere of a new piano trio by American composer Marc Neikrug, paired with Frank Bridge’s Piano Trio No. 2 (dedicated to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge in 1929.)
Benjamin Britten: Phantasy Quartet
Elliott Carter: Epigrams
Marc Neikrug: Piano Trio (world premiere / Library of Congress commission)
Oliver Knussen: Cantata
Frank Bridge: Piano Trio No.2
There will be pre-concert conversation at 6.30pm in the Whittall Pavilion with Oliver Knussen and Marc Neikrug – no tickets required.
The celebrated British composer Oliver Knussen was in town last week for a series of concerts and workshops at the Library of Congress, and it was impossible to come away without a renewed appreciation of his profound impact on contemporary music — not only as a composer, but also as a conductor and curator. That impact was clear Friday night, when the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (joined by pianist Huw Watkins) put on an insightful, carefully chosen program that tied Knussen’s music to chamber works from the past hundred years — and featured the world premiere of a fine new piece from the American composer Marc Neikrug.
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