Philip Glass Ensemble
Performs 3 concerts:
12 & 15 Feb: Einstein on the Beach, 1st Complete Concert Version
13 Feb: Music with Chaing Parts, Music with Similar Motion
14 Feb: Music in 12 Parts
American composer and musician, Philip Glass (1937-) discovered an interest in Indian music when working with Ravi Shankar in Paris. Indian rhythms influenced a series of ensemble pieces, which, though they vary considerably in density, all share the technique of extending and contracting rhythmic figures in a stable diatonic framework. Famous for his opera Einstein on the Beach.
town hall concert live recording
When the legendary Blue Note label was relaunched in the mid-'80s, this concert was part of the celebration. Miles Davis' classic rhythm section (Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Herbie Hancock) are reassembled here, capturing their early brilliance. Also featured on the recording are tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, flutist James Newton and vibraphonist Bobbie Hutercherson.
Harolyn Blackwell, soprano, appears as part of Town Hall's Select Debut series
Harolyn Blackwell’s career began on Broadway in a revival of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story in 1980, but she soon discovered her true passion for opera and was selected as a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1983. Soon after, she appeared in several productions at the MET. Blackwell’s radiant soprano and expressive performance style is renowned in opera and concert halls around the world. Throughout her 30-year career she has toured nationally and internationally with well-known opera companies and performed as part of many opera festivals, concert series and recitals, earning numerous awards and credentials as one of the brightest stars on the stage.
Sharon Isbin has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of the century. She has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, as well as numerous solo and chamber works. Among the many other composers who have written for her are Joan Tower, David Diamond, Ned Rorem, Aaron Jay Kernis and Leo Brouwer. In 2003, Sharon Isbin premiered the Joan Baez Suite written for her by John Duarte.
The Town Hall Not Just Jazz series featuring Meredith Monk with Nurit Tilles
Composer, singer, filmmaker, choreographer and director Meredith Monk (1942-) is a pioneer in what is now called "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance." During a career that spans more than 30 years, she has created over 100 works and been acclaimed by audiences and critics as a major creative force in the performing arts.
Archy & Mehitable, a back alley musical, with Taylor Dane
The Town Hall's Century of Change series presented the back alley musical, archy & mehitable, starring Taylor Dane and Lee Wilkof.
Taylor Dayne, American pop and freestyle music singer-songwriter and actress, made her Town Hall debut in archy & mehitabel, a revival of the musical with a book by Joe Darion and Mel Brooks, lyrics by Darion, and music by George Kleinsinger. Based onarchy and mehitabel, a series of New York Tribune columns by Don Marquis, it focuses on poetic cockroach archy (who wasn't strong enough to depress the typewriter's shift-key), alley cat mehitabel, and her relationships with theatrical cat tyrone t. tattersal and tomcat big bill, under the watchful eye of the newspaperman, the voice-over narrator and only human being in the show
Gene Harris and the Philip Morris Superband Live at Town Hall
This CD documents one of the first concerts by Gene Harris' star-studded big band, an orchestra heard at the beginning of an 80-day world tour. The straightforward arrangements (by John Clayton, Frank Wess, Torrie Zito, Bob Pronk and Lex Jasper) balance swingers with ballads. Among the more memorable tracks are Harry "Sweets" Edison's feature (both muted and open) on "Sleepy Time Down South," a pair of fine vocals apiece by Ernie Andrews and Ernestine Anderson, the roaring "Old Man River" and Harris' interpretation of Erroll Garner's ballad "Creme de Menthe." Toss in short solos from the likes of Ralph Moore, James Morrison (on trombone), Frank Wess, Michael Mossman and baritonist Gary Smulyan.