METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS
A Stone’s Throw
A series with composer Kati Agócs
Photo by Akos Major
Celebrating a rich collaborative partnership with Metropolis Ensemble, this 3-concert series explores circles of musical influence and inspiration. Ranging from mysticism to musical paraphrase, A Stone’s Throw will showcase works for strings, voices, and piano in turn, with each night built around recent chamber work by Kati Agócs – most of them New York premieres – in dialogue with emerging composers from all over the world, with a special spotlight on Hungary.
The series begins with the Mivos Quartet giving the New York premiere of Agócs’s first String Quartet Tantric Variations alongside a quartet by emerging American Matthew Schultheis. String solo and duet works by young Hungarian Lázsló Sándor and UK composer Edmund Finnis complement selections from László Vidovsky’s iconic Duos for Violin and Viola, a work by a revered living Hungarian who has influenced Agócs’s string writing. This concert’s theme is fluidity, continuity, and the weaving together of disparate strands to make a unified whole. Feb. 13, 7pm at Metropolis Ensemble’s venue, 1 Rivington. Learn more.
The series continues with the spotlight on pianist Conor Hanick performing musical paraphrases. Agócs’s new work for solo piano, a paraphrase of her own setting of a poem by Hungarian poet Szilárd Borbély from The Debrecen Passion, will have its New York premiere. This piece was commissioned by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra as a competition piece for the Iowa Piano Competition. A selection of solo piano Etudes by Nicolas Namoradze; Antithesis by fellow Hungarian Balázs Futó; aphoristic dialogues with the Paganini Caprices by Robert Beaser and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade; and the U.S. premiere of Petrichor, a violin-piano duet based on J.S. Bach by Canadian Jocelyn Morlock, create a colloquy with Agócs’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, itself a dialogue with Bach’s ground bass forms. Mar. 29, 7pm at Metropolis Ensemble’s venue, 1 Rivington. Learn more.
The series concludes with works for voices that probe the intersection of the mystical with the romantic. For this concert, Metropolis Ensemble and Agócs have commissioned three emerging composers: Lavell Blackwell (U.S.), Lingbo Ma (China), Kris McCormick (U.S.) to write companion works to Agócs’s Hyacinth Curl for two female singers and hand percussion (NY Premiere). Also presented are two works for soprano and double bass by Katherine Balch, young Hungarian Máté Balogh’s Four Songs, and the vocal version of Barnabás Dukay’s mesmerizing Mist Hovering over the face of the deep. May at Metropolis Ensemble’s venue, 1 Rivington. Learn more.