St. Joseph's Church (Yorkville) 404 East 87th Street (between 1st and York Ave.) Manhattan
Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 pm
Church of Saint Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street (south of Christopher Street) Manhattan
In "Connections," the first cycle of C4's 15th season, C4 explores what it means to connect to others through music, shared experience, technology, and more. Joined by the piano/violin duo aTonal Hits, C4 will premiere the duo's piece "Three for Four," with text inspired by iPhone autotranslation misunderstandings. aTonal Hits will also join C4 for Reena Esmail's "When the violin" and the world premiere of Perry Townsend's "Stock Purchase Agreement." Also on the program: works by Robert Cohen, Natalie Dietterich, Ko Matsushita, David See, and Caroline Shaw.
Church of the Transfiguration (The Little Church Around the Corner) 1 East 29th Street Manhattan
Saturday, March 14 at 8:00 pm
St. John's in the Village 218 West 11th Street Manhattan
“Babel” presents songs in multiple languages about the struggle to communicate. C4 will premiere six pieces on our Cycle 2 concert, including Brian Mountford's piece "Lest We Be Scattered" and Alexander Boostrom piece “Of One Voice,” both of which center around the biblical story of the Tower of Babel. Another world premiere comes from composer Bruce Saylor, which focuses on the Syrian diaspora and utilizes texts from ancient and contemporary Arab poets. Chino Toledo’s rousing piece “Sitsit Digidong” includes both Tagalog and nonsense syllables in a highly rhythmic and energetic celebration of language and sound. Also on the program: works by Bushra El-Turk, Mario Gullo, and Leah Ofman.
“Identity” explores the joys and fears of accepting our true identities. C4 will perform a world premiere featuring electronic live-sampling by composer Robert Ouyang Rusli, exploring his Asian-American identity and the concept of collective cultural identity. Visual artist Jesse Kipp will create an installation to accompany Jonathan David's and Zsuzsanna Ardó's Triptych, which offers a haunting warning of the evil that can come from classifying groups of people. Also on the program: works by Daniel Andor-Ardó, Eli Berman, Gordon Hamilton, Jamie Klenetsky Fay, and Karen Siegel.