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Asko | Schönberg Concerts at the Library of Congress – now online available

Fri, Jan 31 - Sat, Feb 1  2020

Library of Congress - Washington Embassy Region

One of the two concerts performed by Asko|Schönberg at the Library of Congress, at the beginning of 2020, is now available on the institution’s website.

Asko | Schönberg, one of the finest new music ensembles in Europe, present selections from Mauricio Kagel’s multi-directional work for chamber orchestra, Die Stucke der Windrose. Their specific selections include Sudwesten, Norden, Osten, and Westen. Program: Mauricio Kagel Die Stucke der Windrose, selections I. Sudwesten (1:16-19:19) II. Norden (20:26-48:46) III. Osten (48:03-54:24) IV. Westen (55:20-1:15:24)

In “Conversation with Asko Schönberg Ensemble”, The Library’s Anne McLean speaks with artistic director Feodor Teunisse and violinist Joseph Puglia of the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble prior to the group’s concert at the Library and discuss the program of works by György Ligeti, Martijn Padding, György Kurtág and Claude Vivier. Topics include Dutch-American music connections, sonic textures, the meaning of music and the challenges of a contemporary music ensemble.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Asko | Schönberg Ensemble performances were curated by the Concerts department of the Library’s Events & Programs division.

Asko|Schönberg, one of the finest new music ensembles in Europe, comes to the Library for a rare visit to the United States. Presenting two varied programs under the helm of Reinbert de Leeuw and with the assistance of vocalists Katrien Baerts and Gerrie de Vries, Asko|Schönberg will offer classics of 20th-century literature alongside recent works by living composers. Dutch composer Martijn Padding will be present on January 31 to speak about his piece, and we will have the first opportunity in the Coolidge to hear selections from Mauricio Kagel’s multi-directional work for chamber orchestra, Die Stücke der Windrose, on February 1. Let the “parts of the compass” guide you to the Library for these sensational works.

Get your tickets for Friday, January 31 2020 here! (Sold out! But you can try to get tickets at the door)

Get your tickets for Saturday, February 1 2020 here!

On Sunday, February 2 at 19.30 the music ensemble will perform at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore! For their performance in Baltimore, there will be a focus on showcasing Dutch composers.



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