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Steve Reich at 80: performances around the globe

(May 2016)

ReichWebStory2012-CreditJeffreyHerman.jpg Over 400 performances are planned this year in celebration of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday on 3 October 2016, with events in over 20 countries around the globe.

Featured Steve Reich compositions range from works for solo instrument and tape, through classic ensemble scores such as Drumming and Music for Eighteen Musicians, to his video operas The Cave and Three Tales created in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot. Two new Reich works are to be premiered in November and toured: Pulse for winds, strings, piano and electric bass and Runner for a large ensemble of winds, percussion, pianos and strings.

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26 Jan 2016
University of South Alabama 
First of four Steve Reich at 80 concerts ranging from early works to Mallet Quartet

10 Mar 2016
Royal College of Music, London 
Reich residency as part of Exploring Minimalism series including Quartet, Double Sextet and Three Movements

17 Mar 2016
Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore 
London Sinfonietta presents first Singapore performances of Radio Rewrite and Music for 18 Musicians

17-24 Mar 2016
Dutch tour
Asko|Schönberg presents first Dutch performances of Radio Rewrite on tour to Amsterdam, Utrecht and Nijmegen.

14 Apr 2016
Massey Hall, Toronto
Steve Reich at 80 concert by Soundstreams including Music for 18 Musicians and Tehillim

10-20 May 2016
Vale of Glamorgan Festival 
Featured composer at Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Wales including Different Trains

13 May 2016
Hochschule, Hannover 
Reich visits Hannover for feature including Three Tales with Ensemble Modern

18 May 2016
Suntory Hall, Tokyo 
Japanese premiere of The Four Sections with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kristjan Järvi

24 May 2016
Southbank Centre, London 
Music for 18 Musicians performed by Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals, also touring to Rotterdam

4 Jun 2016
Herkulessaal, Munich 
The Desert Music
with Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Synergy Vocals and David Robertson

10/12 Jul 2016
Kaohsing, Taiwan 
Performances of Music for 18 Musicians by Accent Chamber Music

16-21 Jul 2016
Lincoln Center Festival, New York 
Three concert Reich Reverberations series with So Percussion, the JACK Quartet and Ensemble Signal including Drumming, Different Trains and Music for 18 Musicians

4-6 Aug 2016
Sydney Opera House 
The Desert Music with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Synergy Vocals and David Robertson

24 Aug 2016
Jacob’s Pillow Dance   
Pacific Northwest Ballet dances Benjamin Millepied’s choreography to Three Movements at the Massachusetts festival with further performances in its 2016/17 season in Seattle.

3 Sep 2016
BBC Proms, London 
Reich programme at Bold Tendencies multi-storey car park in Peckham, including Music for a Large Ensemble and Eight Lines

9 Sep 2016
MDR Symphony Orchestra and Kristjan Jarvi tour Variations for Winds, Strings, and Keyboards in Italy, Romania and Germany.

9-10 Sep 2016
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Double Sextet and Three Movements performed by Eighth Blackbird, and San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas

17 Sep 2016
Wuppertal Oper 
New immersive production of Three Tales in Wuppertal staged by Berthold Schneider

29 Sep 2016
Edge Hill Station, Liverpool
Different Trains performed in a historic station with a new film by Bill Morrison, presented by Metal.

11 Oct 2016
Brno Janácek Festival 
Czech premiere of The Cave with the Brno Contemporary Orchestra

1 Nov 2016
Carnegie Hall, New York 
Steve Reich 80th Birthday Celebration including world premiere of Pulse and Three Tales with ICE, So Percussion, Synergy Vocals and David Robertson. A feature runs throughout the 2016/17 season including four concerts curated by Reich.

5 Nov 2016
Barbican, London 
Steve Reich at 80 weekend: includes UK premiere of Pulse and Three Tales with Britten Sinfonia, Synergy Vocals and Clark Rundell

6 Nov 2016
Barbican, London 
Steve Reich at 80 weekend: London Symphony Orchestra all-Reich concert and Discovery Day including The Desert Music conducted by Kristjan Järvi

10-17 Nov 2016
Royal Opera House, London 
The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor premieres a new ballet set to Steve Reich’s new score Runner

12-13 Nov 2016
Philharmonie de Paris 
Steve Reich Unlimited Weekend with French premieres of Pulse and Runner by Ensemble Modern with Bradley Lubman and a Kronos Quartet concert

13 Nov 2016
Philharmonie, Cologne  
German premieres of Pulse and Runner by Ensemble Modern and Bradley Lubman

16-26 Dec 2016
Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt 
Frankfurt Opera feature with The Cave and Music for 18 Musicians by Ensemble Modern, Synergy Vocals and Bradley Lubman

14 Jan 2017
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Zaterdag Matinee concert including Dutch premieres of Pulse and Runner by Ensemble Modern and Bradley Lubman

17 Jan 2017
Disney Hall, Los Angeles 
West Coast premiere of Pulse by LA Philharmonic New Music Group and Jeffrey Milarsky in Green Umbrella series, with Mallet Quartet and Tehillim

Photo: Jeffrey Herman

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