Jennifer Koh: Shared Madness

Date and Time: 
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Special two-concert event! 
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General public: $50 for both performances, or $30 for one performance
Students with valid ID: $10 for each performance
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“Jennifer Koh is a risk-taking, high-octane player of the kind who grabs the listener by the ears and refuses to let go,” declares The Strad, praising her “beguilingly silvery tone, fabulous technique and dead center intonation.” Koh is Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Highlights of her 2016-17 season included world premieres of violin concertos by Christopher Rountree with new-music collective wild Up and by Vijay Iyer at the 2017 Ojai Festival, as well as appearances with the Baltimore, St. Louis, and Cincinnati symphonies and the New York String Orchestra.

Her spellbinding new two-part program Shared Madness tells the story of a supportive community of artists who wrote new works for Koh as payment to generous benefactors who donated money for a new violin in exchange for music commissions. The project, comprised of 31 specially-commissioned caprices inspired by those of Paganini, exploring the relationship between composer and performer, between violinist and instrument. Shared Madness includes caprices written by such contemporary-music luminaries as Samuel Adams, Philip Glass, John Harbison, David Lang, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Augusta Read Thomas, and Julia Wolfe.

Matthew Aucoin, resolve
Missy Mazzoli, Kinski Paganini
Philip Glass, Sarabande in Common Time
Zosha Di Castri, Patina
Augusta Read Thomas, Venus Enchanted
David Bruce, Marzipan
Michael Gordon, kwerk
Lisa Bielawa, Vireo Caprice
Eric Nathan, Far Beyond Far
Samuel Adams, for jenny
Christopher Rountree, because I left it there
Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Palimpsest Capriccio
Daniel Bjarnson, First Escape
David Lang, low resolution
Timo Andres, Winding Stair
Vijay Iyer, Zany, Cute, Interesting
Anthony Cheung, Character Studies