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David Del Tredici Celebrates 80th Birthday

(February 2017)

Composer David Del Tredici—widely known as the "Father of Neo-Romanticism—turns 80 on March 16 and celebrates with a special event in New York City.

Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Del Tredici celebrates his 80th birthday this spring. To celebrate, the Public Theater in New York City is hosting a birthday celebration on March 13 at Joe’s Pub, featuring performances by several champions of Del Tredici works: the Voxare Quartet, Courtenay Budd, Felix Del Tredici, Rob Frankenberry, John Kelly, David Leisner, Eric Moe, Marc Peloquin, Mark Peskanov, and Dalit Warshaw.

David Del Tredici lays genuine claim as a pioneer of Neo-Romantic music, cutting a path for generations to follow with his landmark works Final Alice (1976) and his Pulitzer Prize–winning work In Memory of a Summer Day (1980). Renowned for his superlative writing for large forces, Del Tredici’s works have been commissioned and performed by nearly every major American and European orchestra. Since around 2000, his focus shifted to chamber works, producing such celebrated works as his two string quartets (commissioned by the Da Ponte and Orion string quartets), Magyar Madness (a clarinet quintet for David Krakauer and the Orion string quartet), and Grand Trio (for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio).

The birthday celebration in New York will showcase more recent works from the last couple decades, including several solo instrumental and chamber works, such as his recent Dynamic Duo for violin and bass trombone (to be performed by Mark Peskanov and nephew Felix Del Tredici), as well as several of Del Tredici’s celebrated songs, such as "Here" from his cycle Gay Life (to be performed by baritone Rob Frankenberry and pianist Eric Moe), and selections from Brother (performed by John Kelly, who wrote the texts, and pianist Marc Peloquin).

Joe’s Pub has been host to many performances of Del Tredici’s works, including the world premiere of Honey Money Loves for soprano and ensemble in 2000.

Visit the event page for further event details.

David Del Tredici 80th Birthday Celebration Concert
The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub
March 13, 2017 at 7 PM

The Program

Carioca Boy-Tango (2007; transcribed for piano four hands)
Marc Peloquin, Dalit Warshaw

Farewell, R.W. (2010; arranged for piano solo)
David Leisner

"Chateauneuf Du Pape" from Miz Inez Sez for soprano and piano (2000)
Courtenay Budd, Marc Peloquin

"Hot to Trot" from My Favorite Penis Poems for solo voice and piano (1998–2002)
Rob Frankenberry, Eric Moe

"Here" from Gay Life for baritone and piano (2000)
Rob Frankenberry, Eric Moe

Dynamic Duo for violin and bass trombone (2013)
Felix Del Tredici, Mark Peskanov

Innocence (Intermezzo) (2003)
Voxare Quartet

"IIIIII" and "This Solid Ground" from Brother for voice and piano
John Kelly, Marc Peloquin



Photo: Susan Johann

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