American & British Masterworks – Nash Inventions
Nash Concert Society, London, United Kingdom
The Nash Ensemble is Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall. The ensemble’s extensive American series (October 2013–March 2014) features the music of European composers composing in America, Gershwin and Cole Porter, Ives, Bernstein, Barber and Copland, and a celebration of the great theater composer Richard Rodgers. The concert on March 26th, 2014 is the culmination of this series and celebrates the close relationship that the Nash had with one of America’s greatest 20th century composers Elliott Carter, performing three of his finest chamber works including a Nash commission, and in addition, celebrating Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday year, with whom the Nash have a long standing relationship. The program includes a Birtwistle Nash commission – supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation –and a recent work The Moth Requiem written for the BBC Singers and members of the ensemble. There will be an education project attached to the series through the Wigmore Education Department, including workshops, discounted tickets, and a pre-concert talk given by the broadcaster and writer Tom Service. The Nash will also collaborate with the American Embassy Cultural Department, giving workshops to under- privileged youngsters involving the repertoire to be performed during the series. This will take place at either the Embassy itself or the Ambassador’s residence. BBC Radio 3 will record the concert, which will bring the performance to many thousands of listeners in the UK and Europe.
March 26, 2014
Wigmore Hall, London