the mannes orchestra presents performances with martha graham Dance company at new york city center

The Mannes Orchestra Will Perform Live Music for Select Martha Graham Works from April 11-14

The Mannes Orchestra performing at Alice Tully Hall. Photo by Martin Seck

March 28, 2018 – The Mannes Orchestra, led by Maestro David Hayes, will accompany classic Martha Graham Dance Company works during the acclaimed dance group's New York City Center performances from April 11-14, 2018.

The Mannes Orchestra, comprised of students from The New School's Mannes School of Music, will play live during Graham’s visceral masterwork The Rite of Spring, created in 1984 to Igor Stravinsky’s music; her powerful anti-war statement Chronicle from 1936; sly melodrama Embattled Garden (1958), with its iconic set pieces by Isamu Noguchi, and her 1935 work Panorama, which will be performed by teens from across the New York metropolitan area.

The Mannes Orchestra portion of the program includes:

4/11 - 7:00 pm: Embattled Garden

4/12 - 8:00 pm: Rite of Spring; Panorama

4/13 - 8:00 pm: Embattled Garden; Chronicle

4/14 - 8:00 pm: Rite of Spring; Panorama

"There is nothing more inspiring to our dancers than collaborating with live music," says Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of Martha Graham. "The spontaneous give and take between dancers and musicians elevates and invigorates everything that happens onstage. We are delighted to be partnering with the Mannes Orchestra and conductor David Hayes again. Our dancers are inspired and literally propelled by the energy, talent and power of these exceptional students."

"On behalf of the Mannes Orchestra, I want to say how thrilled we are to be performing again with the world-renowned Martha Graham Dance Company on these seminal works created by Martha Graham," says David Hayes. "It's both an honor and a fantastic learning opportunity for our students to be able to collaborate with these amazing dancers and perform these great scores, and we can't wait!"

The two performances of The Rite of Spring are part of a multi-event Mannes celebration of Stravinsky’s iconic work, which will also include:

Mannes American Composers Ensemble presents RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi, a performance of live music and film depicting a journey of devotion honoring the goddess Radha. Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring was the inspiration for this work of composer Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava. Also on the program are David Fulmer's "Sky's Acetylene" and Bruno Mantovani's "Streets". The evening will conclude with a conversation with RADHE RADHE's composer Vijay Iyer, MACE conductor David Fulmer, and actor Anna George.

This event is part of The New School's Nth Degree series, and will take place on April 10 at 7:30 pm in the Tishman Auditorium at 63 5th Avenue.

The Mannes Orchestra performs Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at Alice Tully Hall, in a program that will also include Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, and Hindemith: Konzertmusik for Wind Orchestra, Op. 41.

This event will take place on April 16 at 7:30 pm, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Led by Maestro David Hayes, Artistic Director, The Mannes Orchestra is the premiere large ensemble at The New School's Mannes School of Music. The orchestra strives to foster the highest level of music-making by engaging with a wide range of repertoire in a focused, dynamic, and supportive environment that mirrors the culture and practices of professional orchestras. The Mannes Orchestra performs a multitude of concerts each season in venues including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, City Center, and Tishman Auditorium at The New School.

The New School’s Mannes School of Music

Now in its second century as a dynamic musical center, Mannes School of Music is a standard bearer for innovative artistry, dedicated to developing citizen artists who engage their communities and the world through music. Through its undergraduate, graduate, professional studies, and preparatory programs, Mannes offers a curriculum as imaginative as it is rigorous, taught by a world-class faculty and visiting artists. As part of The New School’s College of Performing Arts, together with the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the School of Drama, Mannes makes its home on The New School’s Greenwich Village campus in a state-of-the-art facility at the newly renovated Arnhold Hall.


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