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Opening Night: Discover The Space Vol. 1

This event is sold out but you can still listen to a livestream on Q2 Music. Streaming live at 7:30pm, October 1. Join us virtually!

Oct 1, 2015 • 7:30pm

At 7:30pm, we explore the acoustics of our new home through an evening of performances featuring National Sawdust artists and new works commissioned for the venue.

The evening opens with Executive Director and composer Paola Prestini’s Limpopo Songs performed by the virtuosic pianist Stephen Gosling; later in the evening mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti, guitarist Gyan Riley, and curator and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler perform Prestini’s and Royce Vavrek’s “Olivia.” from Yoani Songs (songs based on the life of Cuban philologist Yoani Sanchez); this powerful piece tells the story of a transwoman’s escape in modern day Cuba. We then journey from contemporary lieder sounds to an acoustic mandolin performance from Chris Thile (Punch Brothers).

We are thrilled to have three World Premieres written for our new venue. Advisory Board member and composer Nico Muhly performs a new piece with Bryce Dessner and violist Nadia Sirota; curator and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler performs a NS co-commission written for him by NS Advisory Board member Bryce Dessner; vocalist Theo Bleckmann (NS curator) expands on themes from Handel’s aria “Lascia ch’io pianga” in this NS commission with group-in-residence American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), and special guest Jacob Cooper.

Dave Rife (from Acoustical Design Partner ARUP) teams up with percussionist and artist-in-residence Glenn Kotche to create a live percussion installation highlighting the technological capabilities of the venue while Kotche performs the New York Premiere of his work Stagger On and Projections of (what) Might?.

Our journey concludes with selections from Tanya Tagaq’s wild Animism performed by percussionist Glenn Kotche, vocalist Tanya Tagaq, and cellist and curator Jeffrey Zeigler.