New Century Mix 1

1. Bach: Contrapunctus XIX from “The Art of Fugue”

2. John Mackey: Unquiet Spirits

3. Gurdjieff/de Hartmann: Suite from “Asian Songs and Rhythms”

    —Intermission—

4. Thierry Escaich: Tango Virtuoso

5. Marc Mellits: Revolution

6. Stephen Pollock: O Northern Star

7. Jacques Press: Wedding Dance

 

New Century Mix 2

1. Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971

2. Michael Torke: May, June, and July

3. Trad. Mexican: Veracruz

    —Intermission—

4. Stephen Pollock: O Northern Star

5. Harald Genzmer: Saxophone Quartet No. 2

6. Glenn Haynes: Minstreel

7. Gurdjieff/De Hartmann: Suite from “Asian Songs and Rhythms”

8. Dimitri Shostakovich: Folk Dances

 

New Century Fun

1. Gershwin: Selections from Porgy & Bess

2. Bernstein: Selections from West Side Story

3. Trad. Mexican: Veracruz

    —Intermission—

4. Jacques Press: Wedding Dance

5. Robert Burns: Suite

My Wife’s a Winsome Wee Thing

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose

Bannocks O’Bearsmeal

6. Piazzolla: Bordel 1900 from “L’histoire du Tango”

7. Dimitri Shostakovich: Folk Dances

 

New Century Contemporary

1. David Lang: Revolutionary Etudes *

2. Barbara Kolb: Franciscan Chant *

    —Intermission—

3. David Cutler: Songs of the Weekend Traveler *

4. Jorrit Dijkstra: Shrut

5. Michael Torke: May, June and July *

6. Marc Mellits: Black

 

* New Century commissions

 

 

New Century Performs The Art of Fugue

Option 4A                   1. Jean Baptiste Singelée: Premier Quatuor, Op. 53

                                        ORDavid Lang: Revolutionary Etudes

                                        OR— Other alternatives available on request

                                        —Intermission—

                                    2. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (twelve contrapuncti and chorale)

 

Option 4B                    Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (complete)

                                          A complete, 80-minute program

 

 

 

A New Century Christmas

 

The New Century Saxophone Quartet’s holiday album, “A New Century Christmas” (Channel Classics 14698) was released in 2000 to wild critical acclaim and was featured on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” leading to a Command Performance at the White House.

 

“A New Century Christmas” is a series of delightful and moving arrangements of holiday standards by over a dozen composers from the worlds of classical, jazz, and popular music.  Among the composers who joined in the fun were Lenny Pickett (leader of the Saturday Night Live Band), Ben Johnston, David Ott, Ronald Rudkin, and Lawrence Dillon.

 

“The aural equivalent of spiked eggnog. …  Mixes festivity and funk; Lenny Pickett’s hilarious klezmer-style ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch’ is alone worth the price of admission.”

—Chicago Tribune

 

“The New Century Saxophone Quartet has avoided gimmicks in this remarkable reinvention of carols that is the freshest Christmas CD I’ve heard in years. …  The result are Christmas carols that come alive, rescued from the bin of repetition and jaded familiarity. …  Throughout, the quartet performs sensitively, always keeping the carols — and their spirit — at the forefront.”

—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

 “The New Century Saxophone Quartet is a breath of fresh air. … A New Century Christmas is unique.  It presents amusing and ingenious arrangements of Christmas tunes by a diversity of living composers, and the results are fun and original.  By refusing to be gulled by the Christmas hype, the quartet has created something fresh and irreverent — and it will probably still sound good long after the turkey has become soup.”

—BBC Music Magazine

 

 

1. Bob Mintzer: Contraption

2. Bach: Selections from The Art of Fugue

3. Bernstein (arr. Riojas): Selections from West Side Story

    —Intermission—

4. Ben Johnston (arr.): The First Noel

5. Ben Boone (arr.): We Four Kings

6. Arthur Frackenpohl (arr.): Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

7. Bach (arr. Frackenpohl): In Dulci Jubilo

8. Rodgers (arr. Boone): My Favorite Things

9. Lawrence Dillon (arr.): O Holy Night

10. Lenny Pickett (arr.): God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch

11. Glenn Haynes (arr.): Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

12. Glenn Haynes (arr.): In the Bleak Midwinter

13. Lewis Redner (arr. David Ott): O Little Town of Bethlehem

14. Lawrence Dillon (arr.): The Last Noel

15. Franz Gruber (arr. Gorgon Goodwin): Silent Night