Two modern American classics to open: John Adams’ jubilant Hallelujah Junction, inspired by the name of a truck stop near the California-Nevada border, and a seminal work of minimalism, Steve Reich’s Six Pianos. On the other hand, the epic riff on Chopin’s Prelude by young, New Mexico-born composer Ben Wallace might be called ‘So Chopin walked into a bar, ordered a whiskey and headed straight for the pinball machine.’ One has to hear it to believe it. Likewise the epic arrangement of Mussorgsky’s musical art gallery which pianist/composer Paul Kerekes created for New York’s Piano Band. Kerekes is a member of the group as is Lisa Moore who returns to ANAM to direct this spectacular program.
J ADAMS Hallelujah Junction (2 pianos)
REICH Six Pianos
WALLACE Chopin Superstar Throwdown on op. 28, no. 4 (6 pianos)
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition arr. Paul Kerekes for 6 pianos
Duration: approx. 2 hours (including interval)
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“Here we have a case of a great title lookingfor a piece. So now the piece finally exists: the ‘junction’ being the interlocking style of two-piano writing which features short, highly rhythmicised motives bouncing back and forth between the two pianos in tightly phased sequences.” — John Adams on Hallelujah Junction
Lisa Moore’s ANAM residency is generously supported by Mary and Arnold Bram
Timothy Young’s ANAM Faculty position is generously supported by Margaret Johnson
Photo by Greg Barrett
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