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Steve Reich Selected Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall

(February 2016)

Reich70NoTextEvents.jpg Steve Reich has been selected as the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair for Carnegie Hall's 2016–17 season.

The Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair is a position of distinction at Carnegie Hall. It is a testament to an artist's accomplishments and influence, and illuminates the oeuvre of the most renowned living composers. Next season, Steve Reich will serve as the Debs Composer’s Chair, curating a series of concerts that delve into the generational distinctions of a style and approach to music that he pioneered.

Of the seven Reich-focused events next season, four will be devoted to his "Three Generations" series. The "first generation" is given two concerts: the event on 30 March, 2017 centers on the music of John Adams and Terry Riley, and the one on 6 April, 2017 explores Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Reich himself. The "second generation" concert (on 19 April, 2017) traverses the music of the founders of Bang on a Can: David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon. The "third generation" concert on 26 April, 2017 surveys the music of Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly.

In addition to the "Three Generations" series, Carnegie Hall will celebrate Reich’s 80th birthday with an event on 1 November, 2016 featuring an all-Reich program: his recent work Quartet, the world premiere of Pulse, and the video opera Three Tales, created in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot.

Other events include a concert on 11 February, 2017 featuring the Kronos Quartet (longtime champions of Reich’s work) performing the composer’s Triple Quartet and other works. Also, the American Composers Orchestra gives a performance of Reich’s groundbreaking Tehillim, a setting of several passages from Psalms.

For more information on Steve Reich’s Carnegie Hall residency, visit

In addition to his Carnegie Hall residency, several other organizations are celebrating Reich’s 80th birthday year. Lincoln Center Festival will devote three concerts to Reich in a retrospective this July entitled "Reich/Reverberations." So Percussion and friends perform Drumming on 16 July; the JACK Quartet and Ensemble Signal perform Triple Quartet, WTC 9/11, and Different Trains on 19 July; and Ensemble Signal performs Double Sextet and Music for 18 Musicians on 21 July. In addition, So Percussion will perform Music for Pieces of Wood on 28 July in a program that also includes works by Bryce Dessner and David Lang.

For more information on Lincoln Center Festival’s events, please visit

Photo: Jeffrey Herman

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