Jennifer Koh 'Bach's Partita No 2 in D minor'

Jennifer Koh 'Two x Four: Bach, Glass, Clyne and Ludwig" (ft. Jaime Laredo)

Jennifer Koh 'Bach: Chaconne, Partita No. 2 in D minor'

Jennifer Koh 'Bach and Beyond'

Jennifer Koh
Shared Madness:
New Work for Solo Violin

Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 8:00 pm


Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 3:00 pm


von der Heyden Studio Theater at Rubenstein Arts Center

Shared Madness began with an immense debt. For eight years, the violinist Jennifer Koh — “a prodigious builder of musical bridges,” according to the Los Angeles Times — struggled to pay off the loan she had taken for her instrument. At one point, she even considered declaring bankruptcy. While teetering on that brink, however, she met Justus and Elizabeth Schlichting, patrons who agreed to take on her debt in exchange for new commissions for Koh and her violin. They got an astounding thirty-two new works.

Debuted during the New York Philharmonic’s Second Biennial, the two concerts of Shared Madness includes thirty-two short pieces from composers whom Koh considers her friends. It is a marvelous study of violin virtuosity for the twenty-first century, inspired by Paganini’s Caprices. At the first concert at Duke’s 200-seat von der Heyden Studio Theater in the new Rubenstein Arts Center, there is Julia Wolfe’s breathless Spinning Jenny; Vijay Iyer’s quixotic Zany, Cute, Interesting; and Gabriel Kahane’s playfully metatextual The Single Art Form Is Dead. The second concert introduces Philip Glass’ stately take on the sarabande form; Michael Gordon’s electrifying kwerk; and the howling Palimpsest Capriccio, written by maverick French composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière. Each of these two concerts is ticketed separately.



Part One:

Marc Neikrug: Flash
Mark Grey: Twenty
Sean Shepherd: wideOPENwide
Matt Aucoin: resolve
James Matheson: Capriccio
Christopher Cerrone: Shall I Project A World?
Derek Bermel: Twenty Questions
Andrew Norman: Still Life
Phil Kline: Bedeviled
David Ludwig: Moto Perpetuo
David Bruce: Marzipan
Gabriel Kahane: The Single Art Form Is Dead
John Harbison: Painting The Floors Blue
Vijay Iyer: Zany, Cute, Interesting
Kaija Saariaho: Sense
Julia Wolfe: Spinning Jenny

Part Two:

Samuel Adams: for jenny
Missy Mazzoli: Kinski Paganini
Philip Glass: Sarabande in Common Time
Zosha Di Castri: Patina
Augusta Read Thomas: Venus Enchanted
Michael Gordon: kwerk
Lisa Bielawa: Vireo Caprice
Eric Nathan: Far Beyond Far
David Lang: low resolution
Timothy Andres: Winding Stair
Bryce Dessner: Gift
Christopher Rountree: because I left it there
Noam Sivan: Concentrated Stillness
Daniel Bjarnason: First Escape
Anthony Cheung: Character Studies
Jean-Baptiste Barrière: Palimpsest Capriccio

“The composers put Ms. Koh through her paces with athletic works that employed many of the challenges Paganini specialized in: extreme jumps in register, double- and triple-stopped notes, trills, blurs of fast runs and arpeggios.”

The New York Times

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