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Ensemble LPR, featuring Vasko Dukovski on clarinet, performs works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland, Julia Wolfe, and Charles Ives.
Our 111th year of free concerts at the historic Naumburg Bandshell (directions). No tickets issued– 1,000 seats provided on a first come first serve basis. Benches around concert ground also available. The concert is weather dependent– no rain dates, no rain location. Thank you to our donors who generously support our series.
WQXR will broadcast every concert in this series live on 105.9 FM and via live stream on their website.
David Handler, Artistic Director
Vasko Dukovski, clarinet
Ralph Vaughan Williams, (1872-1958), Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)
Aaron Copland, (1900-90), Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp (1947-49)
I. Slowly and expressively – Cadenza
II. Rather fast
Vasko Dukovski, clarinet
Julia Wolfe, (1958-), Cruel Sister (2004)
Charles Ives (1874-1954), The Unanswered Question (Revised Version ca. 1934)
**This performance by Ensemble LPR has been made possible by a generous grant from the MacDonald Peterson Foundation.**
WQXR HOST: Jeff Spurgeon
Named after and headquartered at the acclaimed New York City venue Le Poisson Rouge, Ensemble LPR is an assemblage of New York’s finest musicians. The group personifies the venue’s commitment to aesthetic diversity and artistic excellence.
Ensemble LPR performs an eclectic spectrum of music—from works by the finest living composers, to compelling interpretations of the standard repertoire—and collaborates with distinguished artists from classical and non-classical backgrounds: Timo Andres, Simone Dinnerstein, San Fermin, Daniel Hope, Taka Kigawa, Jennifer Koh, Mica Levi, David Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors), John Lurie, Ursula Oppens, Max Richter, André de Ridder, Christopher Rountree and Fred Sherry, to name a few.
In January of last year Ensemble LPR made its Deutsche Grammophon debut with Follow, Poet, featuring the music of Mohammed Fairouz and the words of Seamus Heaney and John F. Kennedy. Ensemble LPR’s acclaimed Central Park perormance followed in June, part of the 110th Anniversary of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts.
In 2008 Le Poisson Rouge changed the classical music landscape, creating a new environment in which to experience art music. In doing so, Le Poisson Rouge expanded classical music listenership. The New York Times has heralded Le Poisson Rouge as “[a] forward-thinking venue that seeks to showcase disparate musical styles under one roof” and “[the] coolest place to hear contemporary music.” The Los Angeles Times raves, “[The] place isn’t merely cool…the venue is a downright musical marvel.” Le Poisson Rouge Co-Founder David Handler brings this same ethos to Ensemble LPR, of which he is Founding Executive & Artistic Director.
For more information on Julia Wolfe, the composer of Cruel Sister , who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in music, see either the Pulitzer Prize or the Composer’s own websites.