“In Lucille Chung’s outstanding recording of Ligeti’s artistic evolution is music to dazzle, provoke, and delight.” Gramophone

Experience ideas that fascinated Ligeti throughout his life: theatricality, absurdity, and the mechanical devices of modern society. Then discover the music of Luna Pearl Woolf, our first commissioned composer in residence, in a special production of Samuel Beckett’s mime play, Act Without Words I, directed by West Edge Opera’s Mark Streshinsky. Luna Pearl Woolf is a Montreal-based composer whose work has been described by the New York Times as “by turns blazingly ardent and softly haunting.” Pianist Lucille Chung ends the program with dazzling Ligeti études. 

Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen (Fairy tales) for clarinet, viola, and piano

Reading: Short stories by Gyula Krúdy

György Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre—Three arias from Le Grande Macabre

Film: Scenes from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times

Ligeti: Continuum for solo harpsichord

Samuel Beckett: Act Without Words I (with music by Luna Pearl Woolf for solo clarinet)

Ligeti: Études for Piano (selections) 

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