Songs: Old and New explores the concept of song and spoken word from the Renaissance to the present day.
Songs: Old and New explores the concept of song and spoken word from the Renaissance to the present day. Bridging four centuries, the program includes songs from Elizabethan England, an original arrangement of an Italian madrigal by Carlo Gesualdo, the world premiere of Christopher Adler's Aeneas in the Underworld, Act II: The Underworld, and duets by Paulo Bellinati, Arnold Schoenberg, Franco Donatoni, Mario Lavista and Steve Reich.
"The music existed on two intentionally intersecting planes: cir. 1600 and modern times. Keller is a gifted singer with a voice perfectly suited for the gentle Renaissance sounds of John Dowland. The three songs he offered by the Englishman accompanied by McAllister were pure pleasure. The music essentially passed from ancient to contemporary but in two cases, profound connections were made. The traditional Chilean song "Toy of Love" was sung by Keller and was a motivic component of his Events-Mixtures-Foci...This was a fascinating study in abstraction and seemed to contain a treatise of the history of guitar styles. Here, the duo proved to be an ideal purveyor of the avant-garde." - David Sckolnick (Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph)
Colin McAllister and Derek Keller, guitars
Steve Reich - Nagoya Guitars
Mario Lavista - Cante
Franco Donatoni - Algo 2
Christopher Adler - Aeneas in the Underworld, Act II
Arnold Schoenberg - Six Little Pieces for Piano, arranged by Derek Keller
Paul Bellinati - Jongo
Compositions by Jon Dowland and Gesualdo
In 1994, the only place in San Diego where you could hear an entire concert of 20th-century music was on a college campus. Founder and first executive director Christian Hertzog pitched the idea of a concert series devoted to modern music and 20th-century classics to the Athenaeum's program director, Dan Atkinson. Dan liked it, but warned Hertzog that the board members had pretty conservative musical tastes. Dan took the proposal to Executive Director Erika Torri, and Erika said, "We have exhibitions of modern art, why not concerts of modern music?" In 1995, San Diego New Music presented its first season. The series was called "Noise at the Library."
San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum have been happily co-presenting concerts of new music ever since.
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