Performing Augusta Read Thomas's Hemke Concerto "Prisms of Light."
PRISM presents saxophone quartet adaptations of masterworks from the Western canon. The program features three anthologies: the New York premiere of A Schumann Bouquet, Pulitzer Prize-winner William Bolcom’s transcription of piano works from Album for the Young by Robert Schumann, presented as a gift to PRISM in 2015; the world premiere of Nine for Four, North Carolina composer Lawrence Dillon’s book of works by Guillaume de Machaut, Josquin des Prez, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and Alexander Scriabin; and Pagine (Pages), Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s setting of works by Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Domenico Scarlatti, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.
The saxophone institute is an opportunity for high school saxophonists to spend a week of intensive study with the four members of the PRISM Quartet. Students participate in daily master classes and seminars, studying alongside other advanced student saxophonists from all over the world.
PRISM and the Grammy-winning ensemble Partch (in its East Coast debut) premiere new works by Ken Ueno and Stratis Minankakis for saxophones and Harry Partch instruments. “Of all the triumphantly weird characters who have roamed the frontiers of American art, none ever went quite as far out as the composer Harry Partch,” notes New Yorker critic Alex Ross. Finding no instruments capable of producing the sounds he imagined, Partch invented his own. The instruments use microtones, dividing the octave into 43 tones.
Also on the program: “Castor & Pollux” by Harry Partch, “Xas” by Iannis Xenakis, and Radical Alignment from “15 Places At The Same Time” by Steve Lehman.