Thomas Adès: Musical Alchemy II

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  • Tuesday | February 11 | 7:30 PM
  • The Menil Collection
  • 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-524-5050 |

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World Renowned composer THOMAS ADÈS at The Menil Collection | Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tacita Dean: Blind Folly

DACAMERA and The Menil Collection welcome distinguished composer Thomas Adès, CBE, in his first Houston appearance. Recognized the world over as one of today’s greatest living composers, Adès is also active as pianist and conductor, having led award-winning performances of his operas The Exterminating Angel and The Tempest at Metropolitan Opera and beyond.  His most recent Grammy Award was for The Dante Project, a collaborative ballet with visuals by artist Tacita Dean.

Musical Alchemy II: Composer Portrait: Thomas Adès | DACAMERA Subscription Concert

Thomas Adès: Arcadiana for string quartet; Alchymia for clarinet and strings; Piano Quintet
Schubert: Selected works for piano
Janáček: Selected works for piano

Thomas Adès, composer and pianist
Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson, violin; Tereza Stanislav, violin; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Eric Byers, cello)
Andrew Lowy, clarinet

Recognized the world over as one of today’s pre-eminent composers, Thomas Adès is also active as a pianist and conductor, with solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall in London. In this rare composer portrait, Adès and an ensemble of champions of his music gather to explore his works for solo piano and chamber ensemble, and two of his musical touchstones, Schubert and Janáček. From Arcadiana with references to Mozart, Schubert, Poussin and Watteau; to Alchymia with evocations of Shakespeare, William Byrd and John Dowland.

RELATED EVENT: Musical Alchemy I
The Menil Collection and DACAMERA present
A Conversation with Thomas Adès
With Sarah Rothenberg and visual artist Tacita Dean
Monday, February 10, 7:30 PM

Thomas Adès in conversation with DACAMERA artistic director Sarah Rothenberg about his work and sources of inspiration. From Dante’s Inferno to Shakespeare to the films of Luis Buñuel, Adès’s unique musical imagination has often been sparked by great works of the past, creating a remarkable dialogue with the culture we inherit. His insights on music, art and literature promise to open the door to the unique alchemy of his music.

Free Public Program: Reservations at at a date to be announced

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