Wed Oct 17
Wednesday Noon Hours
Kenneth Radnofsky saxophone
Yoshiko Kline piano
Tower Second Flight *
Chopin arr. Kline Cello Sonata, Op. 65 (iv. Finale)
Amram Greenwich Village Portraits for saxophone and piano (2013) **
12:00 noon, Barnett Hall
$5 at the door (cash only)
* Commissioned by World-Wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund, Inc. One in a series of première performances.
** Commissioned by World-Wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund, Inc. and dedicated to Kenneth Radnofsky.
Joan Tower’s Second Flight, an all new work for solo saxophone, is her sequel to the highly acclaimed Wings originally written for clarinet, and later transcribed for saxophone.
This most recent commission was funded by World-Wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund, an organization founded by Ken Radnofsky twenty-five years ago. The organization is responsible for pioneering the consortium commission internationally, with relatively large numbers of performers. Fifty saxophonists world-wide will premiere Tower’s work in a series of world premiere performances beginning Sept. 30, 2018. The exclusive performances continue for those fifty people for one year, after which time the piece becomes open and available for others to perform.
Originated by Radnofsky, World-Wide Concurrent Premieres is based on the concept of multiple premieres beginning on the same day. So, instead of “Who’s First?”, it’s “Everybody’s First!’ Amongst the first commissions awarded were for works by John Harbison, Chris Theofinidis, Gunther Schuller, Michael Colgrass. Later, David Amram’s ‘Greenwich Village Portraits’ was commissioned, which will also be heard on the Wednesday Noon Hours program.