Lunatics at Large
Hailed as "young, energetic, and finely polished" by the New York Times, Lunatics at Large is a dynamic New York City-based ensemble comprised of two winds, three strings, soprano voice, and piano. Formed in 2007, the group met at Mannes College of Music, where they collaborated on a year of intensive study and performance of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Madly inspired by Schoenberg's masterpiece and free from curricular restraints, Lunatics at Large later conspired to set forth into the world, commissioning and championing works written for the "Pierrot" ensemble while exploring the sonic and harmonic diversity of modern chamber music repertoire. Through thematic, interdisciplinary performances in ensemble formations ranging from solo to the full septet and beyond, the group juxtaposes established masterpieces of the 20th century against more recent works, making it possible for the audience member to journey from Debussy to Berio to a young, emerging composer in one evening. Lunatics at Large thus encourages listeners to hear similarities between works written decades apart and to consider recent compositions within the context of the evolution of classical music since 1900.
Katharine Dain, soprano
Jonathan Engle, flute
Ben Ringer, clarinet
Arthur Moeller, violin
Jen Herman, viola
Andrea Lee, cello
Evi Jundt, piano
ACA Composers Now!
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 7:30pm
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 7:30pm
Lunatics at Large at WMP Concert Hall
WMP Concert Hall, 31 East 28th Street, NYC
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