Chris Grymes presents: Joan Tower and Friends
Featuring works by Jennifer Higdon, Tania León, Julia Wolfe, and Joan Tower
3pm doors • 4pm show
In the tradition of Philip Glass @80 and John Corigliano @80 concerts, National Sawdust will celebrate Joan Tower in honor of her 80th Birthday. “One of the most successful women composers of all time” (The New Yorker) and one of the most important American composers alive today, Joan Tower has made lasting contributions to musical life for the past half century. With her iconic Silver Ladders, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, and the recording of her Made In America won three different Grammy awards. In honor of her 80th birthday, National Sawdust is hosting an exclusive celebration, featuring an afternoon of music curated by Tower herself and featuring music written by Tower and friends Jennifer Higdon, Tania León, and Julia Wolfe.
Joan Tower – Wild Summer for string quartet (The Jasper Quartet)
Jennifer Higdon – Piano Trio (The Lysander Trio)
Tania Leon – Ethos for piano quintet (The Cassatt Quartet with Ursula Oppens, piano)
Julia Wolfe – Cha for saxophone quartet (PRISM quartet)
Ursula Oppens, piano
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.