Tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Le Poisson Rouge ($15) in New York City, violnist Robert McDuffie leads his MCS Ensemble in the first New York performance of Philip Glass' Violin Concerto No.2 "The American Four Seasons" since his sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in 2010.
This also marks the NY debut of the 26 member ensemble of the McDuffie Center for Strings. McDuffie premiered the Glass concerto in 2009 in Toronto and has gone on to perform the work over 80 times the world around and produced a very successful recording of the work on OMM. This concert marks the farewell to his exclusivity on the piece as soon other violinists will take on the work.
For those who have never been to Le Poisson Rouge (LPR), it's a virbant and relevant place to hear music. This is the venue of Philip Glass' 75th Birthday party, and I've heard Glass works performed there including Glassworks, Symphony No.3, The Hours, Dracula, and many more. "Serving Art & Alcohol" it's quite a different scene from your stuffy uptown concert hall. The artistic directors there present everything from Monteverdi operas to the NY premiere of Arvo Part's Fourth Symphony. It's a new paradigm – and nowadays it's THE place to play in New York.
Also on the program: Glass' Sextet for Strings and Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins.
I'll be there and I hope to see some of you there as well.