Tuesday Musical’s 2016-17 Main Stage Season opens Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. in EJ Thomas Hall with the Emerson String Quartet’s 40th anniversary celebration and world premiere of English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Shroud.”
The Akron audience will hear the world premiere of “Shroud” before performances of the piece at Lincoln Center in New York City and Wigmore Hall in London. Tuesday Musical is a co-commissioner of the piece, along with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, among others.
Acclaimed by Fortune magazine as “arguably the world’s best group of chamber musicians,” the Emerson String Quartet has amassed an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 recordings, nine Grammys (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.
Turnage will present the pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. With a flair for vivid titles and absorbing jazz elements into a contemporary classical style, Turnage has been composer in residence for the London Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and BBC Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2002, Sir Simon Rattle conducted Turnage’s “Blood on the Floor” at one of his first concerts as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, attracting a largely new, younger audience and generating the Berlin Philharmonic’s first major education project. In 2011, Turnage’s third opera, Anna Nicole, with text by Richard Thomas, premiered at The Royal Opera in London with six sold-out houses. Further stagings have followed in Dortmund, Germany, and at the BAM Next Wave festival in Brooklyn, New York. The Royal Opera opened its 2014-15 season with a second run of Anna Nicole.
Also on the Sept. 27 program are Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, k.42,” and Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131,” considered by many to be the greatest quartet ever written.
Tuesday Musical’s 129th season also features So Percussion with the Akron Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 15, soprano Dina Kuznetsova and violinist Jinjoo Cho on Nov. 22, the Imani Winds on Jan. 25, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic on March 1, and the Escher String Quartet on April 26. All concerts are at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St. on The University of Akron campus.
Single-concert tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now, as are new Tickets-on-Demand packages of three or four tickets that can be redeemed for concerts throughout the season. New subscribers save 50 percent on subscriptions, and all subscription packages provide significant savings on single-ticket prices.
Single tickets are $25, $40, $45 and free for all students of any age, except for the Oct. 15 concert that is a collaboration with the Akron Symphony. The Oct. 15 tickets are $20 to $55 and free for students.
Visit www.tuesdaymusical.org or call Tuesday Musical at 330-761-3460 for tickets and more information.
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