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PROGRAMS

Sample Programs

SOUND ARRANGEMENTS

This program includes orchestral favorites, thoughtfully reworked to maximize the impact of the piano sextet configuration.

The Planets - Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, by Gustav Holst (arr. Greg Anderson)
face so pale by David Lang (after  Se la face ay pale by Guillaume Dufay)
West Side Story Suite by Leonard Bernstein (arr. John Musto and Grand Band)
Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Paul Kerekes and Daniel Schlosberg)

MASS SUM - RECREATING JULIUS EASTMAN @ NORTHWESTERN 1980

In 1980, American composer Julius Eastman had a controversial residency at Northwestern University in which all three of his epic multi-piano works were performed. This program is a six-piano recreation of that legendary evening in Chicago.

Evil N*gger
Gay Guerrilla
--intermission (or) break for archival recording of Eastman speech from original performance--
Crazy N*gger

THE BIGGER PICTURE - NEW YORK NEW MUSIC

In this program, Grand Band showcases its deep connections to multiple generations of the vibrant New Music scene in New York City, in a program that is a feast of New York-based composers across several decades, finishing with the original six-piano work by Steve Reich.

my lips from speaking by Julia Wolfe
Closing by Philip Glass (arr. Grand Band)
Ode to La Bruja… by Michael Gordon
--intermission--
wither/bloom by Paul Kerekes
Three Fragile Systems by Missy Mazzoli
Six Pianos by Steve Reich

GRAND BAND GLASS

Grand Band has been granted permission to arrange two large movements of Philip Glass’ legendary Music in 12 Parts. By translating the piece into an all-piano texture, the brilliant formal construction of the work comes to the fore, drawing the audience into the heart of the early Minimalist movement in the 1970s Downtown New York loft scene

Music in 12 Parts by Philip Glass (arr. Grand Band)

  • Part 4

  • Part 9

Closing (arr. Grand Band)

CANTO OSTINATO BY SIMEON TEN HOLT

Simeon ten Holt’s minimalist masterpiece, Canto Ostinato, has been transfixing audiences since it was first performed in 1979. Grand Band’s unparallelled ensemble playing transforms the piece’s intricately interlocking structure into a sublime peregrination.

Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt

PHYSICAL SOUND - THE NEXT NEXT WAVE

The twenty-first century has been accompanied by an explosion of eclecticism and renewal in the new music of young composers. This program showcases the vitality and variety of what music critic Justin Davidson has called the ‘next next wave’ of contemporary music.

Sensitive Spot by Kate Moore
wither/bloom by Paul Kerekes
A Road You Can Go by Ben Wallace
--intermission--
Let Everything Ring by Harriet Steinke
Three Fragile Systems by Missy Mazzoli (with optional animation)
Fryderyk Chopin’s Pschedelic Techniclor ‘lectro-Funk-Core Superstarlit Ultra-Throwdown
on Op. 28 no. 4 by Ben Wallace

LIMITED APPROXIMATIONS - A SIX- PIANO CONCERTO BY GEORG HAAS

Composer Georg Friedrich Haas composed an epic concerto for six microtonally-tuned pianos and orchestra in 2010, limited approximations. The piece was immediately celebrated for its unique soundworld and gripping impact, but it has never been performed in the United States. Grand Band is perfectly situated, as the only professional piano sextet in the country who also happen to be champions of contemporary music, to bring this monumental contemporary landmark to American audiences.

limited approximations - a six- piano concerto by Georg Haas

PROGRAMS

Sample Programs

SOUND ARRANGEMENTS

This program includes orchestral favorites, thoughtfully reworked to maximize the impact of the piano sextet configuration.

The Planets - Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, by Gustav Holst (arr. Greg Anderson)
face so pale by David Lang (after  Se la face ay pale by Guillaume Dufay)
West Side Story Suite by Leonard Bernstein (arr. John Musto and Grand Band)
Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Paul Kerekes and Daniel Schlosberg)

MASS SUM - RECREATING JULIUS EASTMAN @ NORTHWESTERN 1980

In 1980, American composer Julius Eastman had a controversial residency at Northwestern University in which all three of his epic multi-piano works were performed. This program is a six-piano recreation of that legendary evening in Chicago.

Evil N*gger
Gay Guerrilla
--intermission (or) break for archival recording of Eastman speech from original performance--
Crazy N*gger

THE BIGGER PICTURE - NEW YORK NEW MUSIC

In this program, Grand Band showcases its deep connections to multiple generations of the vibrant New Music scene in New York City, in a program that is a feast of New York-based composers across several decades, finishing with the original six-piano work by Steve Reich.

my lips from speaking by Julia Wolfe
Closing by Philip Glass (arr. Grand Band)
Ode to La Bruja… by Michael Gordon
--intermission--
wither/bloom by Paul Kerekes
Three Fragile Systems by Missy Mazzoli
Six Pianos by Steve Reich

GRAND BAND GLASS

Grand Band has been granted permission to arrange two large movements of Philip Glass’ legendary Music in 12 Parts. By translating the piece into an all-piano texture, the brilliant formal construction of the work comes to the fore, drawing the audience into the heart of the early Minimalist movement in the 1970s Downtown New York loft scene

Music in 12 Parts by Philip Glass (arr. Grand Band)

  • Part 4

  • Part 9

Closing (arr. Grand Band)

CANTO OSTINATO BY SIMEON TEN HOLT

Simeon ten Holt’s minimalist masterpiece, Canto Ostinato, has been transfixing audiences since it was first performed in 1979. Grand Band’s unparallelled ensemble playing transforms the piece’s intricately interlocking structure into a sublime peregrination.

Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt

PHYSICAL SOUND - THE NEXT NEXT WAVE

The twenty-first century has been accompanied by an explosion of eclecticism and renewal in the new music of young composers. This program showcases the vitality and variety of what music critic Justin Davidson has called the ‘next next wave’ of contemporary music.

Sensitive Spot by Kate Moore
wither/bloom by Paul Kerekes
A Road You Can Go by Ben Wallace
--intermission--
Let Everything Ring by Harriet Steinke
Three Fragile Systems by Missy Mazzoli (with optional animation)
Fryderyk Chopin’s Pschedelic Techniclor ‘lectro-Funk-Core Superstarlit Ultra-Throwdown
on Op. 28 no. 4 by Ben Wallace

LIMITED APPROXIMATIONS - A SIX- PIANO CONCERTO BY GEORG HAAS

Composer Georg Friedrich Haas composed an epic concerto for six microtonally-tuned pianos and orchestra in 2010, limited approximations. The piece was immediately celebrated for its unique soundworld and gripping impact, but it has never been performed in the United States. Grand Band is perfectly situated, as the only professional piano sextet in the country who also happen to be champions of contemporary music, to bring this monumental contemporary landmark to American audiences.

limited approximations - a six- piano concerto by Georg Haas