SONAR has somehow slipped under under my radar (rim shot, please) in recent years, but I hasten to give a shout out to the ensemble's 2012-2013 season, which opens Friday with a program that runs the gamut from A to Z -- literally, as Joe Biden would say.
The group, founded in 2007 by violinist Colin Sorgi, focuses on American fare in this concert, including John Adams' "Road Movies," John Cage's "Variations IV," Elliott Carter's "Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux," Aaron Copland's Sextet, Kevin Puts' "Credo," and the premiere of ...
This intriguing lineup will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday Old St. Paul's.
Also slated this season from SONAR: Music of Steve Reich and John Harbison in February; an April concert devoted to pieces by six composers studying at Peabody (the audience favorite will be commissioned to write a work for SONAR); and a celebration in May of Gyorgy Ligeti.
The Evolution Contemporary Music Series, founded by composer Judah Adashi, opens its eighth season with a program devoted to the equally cerebral and sensual music of Kaija Saariaho on Oct. 30 at An die Musik.
Each subsequent presentation will likewise offer a variety of works by a provocative composer: Gyorgy Kurtag in February, Missy Mazzoli in March, and John Luther Adams in May. Mazzoli and Adams are slated to participate in person.
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