2017 February Artist Residency
A mini-festival celebrating the music of György Ligeti
•Listen and read: Host of WTUL’s 20th Century Classics, Joe Shriner’s NolaVie article and live-on-air interview about these concerts.
The Birdfoot Festival continues its sixth season with Ligeti Split, a two-concert mini-festival exploring the music of György Ligeti, one of the 20th century’s wildest and most creative minds.
These two free concerts conclude Birdfoot’s third Artist Residency (February 9–16), during which celebrated British pianist Danny Driver, violinist Jenna Sherry (Birdfoot Festival co-founder and Artistic Director), and horn player Roy Femenella will spend seven days in New Orleans rehearsing, teaching, performing, and inspiring music lovers and the next generation of musicians alike.
Special features of the 2017 February Artist Residency include Birdfoot Backstage, Danny Driver’s solo recital, and an all-day workshop for Birdfoot’s award-winning Young Artist Program.
Ligeti’s early space-age music is familiar to many ears from Stanley Kubrik’s films, but his music of the 1980s bursts with rhythmic vitality and diabolical virtuosity.
This special edition of Birdfoot Backstage will explore Ligeti’s vast tapestry of inspiration, ranging from echoes of Beethoven to medieval laments, African, Bulgarian and Indonesian rhythms, and the jazz greats Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. It will also feature Ligeti’s Piano Études and a speedy tour of the horn’s musical symbolism from fairy tales to farewell songs, and include a full performance of Ligeti’s epic Horn Trio (Hommage à Brahms).
Danny Driver in Recital
February 16, 2017, 8:00 PM
Tulane University’s Dixon Hall — MAP HERE
Uptown New Orleans
Danny Driver presents a piano recital as part of Tulane University’s International Piano Series. This concert features Books 1 & 2 of György Ligeti’s notorious piano Études paired with Claude Debussy’s lyrical and evocative Images. Described as “bold, exuberant and precise” [The Guardian], Mr. Driver’s not-to-be-missed recital will be a treat to those already familiar with his “impeccable technique and musicianship’”[Gramophone], and a very rare opportunity to hear this seminal and electrifying music live in concert.
These two Ligeti Split Community Concerts are made possible by the Selly Foundation Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and are presented in partnership with the Tulane Newcomb Department of Music, Dillard University, and WWNO 89.9FM.