Saturday, February 3, 2024 @ 6:30pm – 8:00pm (EST)
The Delancey | Best Rooftop NYC, New York, NY, United States
Ticket details

$10 at the door

Michelle ShockedEthel Died For Your Sins (arr. Randall Woolf; premiere of new arrangement)
Lynn BechtoldJudy from Brooklyn
Gene PritskerDronecantation
Dan Cooper — Selected works
Mark Zaki — Selected works

"A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin." – Edmond de Goncourt

On February 3rd at 6:30pm at The Delancey, Composers Concordance presents "Violins & Poems 'War'," A concert where violinists and poets meet to explore the subject of war.

The violinists for this event are Lynn Bechtold, Funda Cizmecioglu, Tasos Papastanou, and Mark Zaki. They will be joined by poets Robert C. Ford, Erik T. Johnson, and Imelda O'Reilly. Special guest vocalist and guitarist Michelle Shocked will also participate and premiere a new arrangement (by Randall Woolf) of her composition Ethel Died For Your Sins. Other featured compositions include Lynn Bechtold's Judy from Brooklyn, about a cold war spy; and Gene Pritsker's Dronecantation, examining remote weapons of war.

The concert will be livestreamed on Composers Concordance's Facebook page.

About Composers Concordance

Staying in rotation for 40 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one's ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene.

Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead.

Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance's overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

About Lynn Bechtold, violin

Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold, a native of Pittsburgh, has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Argentina, Canada, France, Holland, Japan, and Switzerland. An advocate of new music, she has worked with composers such as Derek Bermel, Carter Burwell, Gloria Coates, George Crumb, Beatriz Ferreyra, John Harbison, and Morton Subotnick, and has premiered works on the Tribeca New Music Festival and the Princeton Composers' Series. In 2001, she gave the premiere of Violynn, a work for violin and electronics written for her by Alvin Lucier. All About Jazz noted her for her "virtuosity and technical expertise," I CARE IF YOU LISTEN pointed out her "brilliance of sound, technical mastery, and stunning expressivity," San Diego Story called her "unapologetically dominating," and Strings Magazine labeled her "impressive" and "close to the edge."

The Delancey | Best Rooftop NYC

168 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002
United States