From The New York Times: “Rock and Classical Collide With Bowie and a Score by Radiohead Star”

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May 22, 2011

Wordless Music, the concert series run by Ronen Givony when he is not overseeing the classical and new-music programming at Le Poisson Rouge, is devoted to showing fans of indie rock and contemporary classical music that the two genres have a common appeal. That argument no longer requires special pleading, partly because Mr. Givony’s thoughtful juxtapositions have made the point so persuasively but also because so many young composers (and some of their elders) draw freely on both their classical and pop antecedents.

Ensemble Signal and Wordless Music Orchestra, led by the conductor Brad Lubman, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday night. The program included work by Philip Glass and Jonny Greenwood.

Mr. Givony’s latest offering, heard on Saturday evening at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (the program was also played on Friday), was built around two works with rock connections: Philip Glass’s “Heroes” Symphony (1996), which is based on themes from David Bowie’s 1977 album “Heroes,” and “Doghouse” (2010), the latest orchestral score by Jonny Greenwood, who is best known as a member of Radiohead. Gyorgy Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto (1970), a study in energy and texture that prefigures some of Mr. Greenwood’s work, was interposed between them.”

See the full glowing article here. Another celebration of New Music in New York City.

If you want to hear the concert, jump over to Q2 and you will find the concert audio stream here, hosted by Q2’s Nadia Sirota

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