*Free concert/event – there is no reserved seating available for this performance/event. Doors open at 4:30pm. Be sure to come early to get a seat!
Feature Artist: violinist Jennifer Koh
Performance: Shared Madness (composed by Koh and fellow artists, detailed below)
Shuffle Hour Concerts are part of the TD Free Concert Series.
Jennifer Koh on Shared Madness
Shared Madness is a project that tells the story of an amazing and generous community of fellow artists and friends who came to my aid at a time when I desperately needed their support and help. Many of them witnessed the eight years during which I tried to raise funds in order to purchase a violin I could perform on for the remainder of my life. When Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, supporters of new music, stepped in to relieve a great deal of my debt and agreed to accept music commissions as payment instead of funds, my fellow community of artists came rushing to help. These composers have given me the great gift of writing a new work for me to help support this project and they come from a community of colleagues and friends with whom I have worked over the years. Shared Madness celebrates the support of these friends, encapsulates the intensity of the creative process shared between composer and performer, and ultimately reveals the incredible support network that exists between artists.
Each composer has offered to write a solo violin work exploring the relationship between the violinist and the instrument. While Paganini wrote a landmark set of 24 caprices that explored the relationship of virtuosity on the violin at the beginning of the 19th century, this group of composers will explore the meaning of virtuosity in the 21st century. This new body of work was premiered under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic’s 2nd Biennial in June 2016.
I cannot find words to express my gratitude for my fellow artists’ incredibly moving acts of generosity and support and only hope that I can show thanks through dedicated performances and a continued advocacy of their music. As an extension of the idea of community that created Shared Madness, I hope to pay it forward by continuing to offer free performances of the composers’ works within the communities in which we work and live; and educational workshops for student composers and instrumentalists which encourage and support the intense relationship between composers and performers so that our “shared madness” will continue to inspire the next generation of artists.
— Jennifer Koh
Composer (in alpha order) and work
Samuel Adams for Jenny
Timo Andres Winding Stair
Matthew Aucoin resolve
Jean-Baptiste Barrière Palimpsest Capriccio
Derek Bermel Twenty Questions
Lisa Bielawa Vireo Caprice
Daniel Bjarnason First Escape
David Bruce Marzipan
Chris Cerrone Shall I Project A World?
Anthony Cheung Character Studies
Bryce Dessner Gift
Zosha Di Castri Patina
Philip Glass Sarabande in Common Time
Michael Gordon kwerk
Mark Grey Twenty
John Harbison Painting The Floors Blue
Vijay Iyer Zany, Cute, Interesting
Gabriel Kahane The Single Art Form Is Dead
Phil Kline Bedeviled
David Lang low resolution
David Ludwig Moto Perpetuo
James Matheson Capriccio
Missy Mazzoli Kinski Paganini
Eric Nathan Far Beyond Far
Marc Neikrug Flash
Andrew Norman Still Life
Augusta Read Thomas Venus Enchanted
Christopher Rountree because I left it there
Kaija Saariaho Sense
Sean Shepherd wideOPENwide
Julia Wolfe spinning Jenny