Interpretations: Thomas Buckner performs Michael Byron, Steed Cowart, Christian Dachez, James Ilgenfritz, and Roscoe Mitchell

Thursday, April 4, 2019. 8:00 pm
Baritone ​Thomas Buckner​ is joined by pianist ​Joseph Kubera​, percussionist ​William Winant, harpist ​Melanie Genin​, and bassist James Ilgenfritz. This ​thirtieth anniversary concert​ continues to uphold that tradition of presenting a concert of commissioned pieces, nearly all world premieres, every season. Buckner will present Tenderness in Late Afternoon Light, by ​Michael Byron​ for voice and piano (with text by Anne Tardos); as well as Stimmen, by French composer ​Christian Dachez​, for baritone, vibraphone, and harp (with text by Rainier Maria Rilke);  [where the late sweet] BIRDS SANG by Steed Cowart​, for baritone and percussion (with text by Stephen Ratcliffe); Roscoe Mitchell​’s voice and piano take of the ​e e cummings​ poems “because it’s”, “this”, and “dim”; and ​James Ilgenfritz​’s ​A Bell in Every Finger,​ settings of poems by New York poet ​Steve Dalachinsky ​for baritone, piano, percussion, and contrabass, dedicated to ​Muhal Richard Abrams ​and ​Cecil Taylor​.