Tuesday, March 22, 2016

UNO Music Professor’s Composition To Be Premiered at Carnegie Hall

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A composition by University of New Orleans music professor Yotam Haber will be performed by the Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 2, marking the world premiere of the work. Haber’s “break_break_break” was commissioned jointly by the Kronos Quartet and Carnegie Hall, as part of its 125 Commissions Project. In order to celebrate its 125th anniversary, at least 125 new works will be commissioned from leading composers and premiered at Carnegie Hall between the 2015 and 2020 seasons. The performance will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, one of Carnegie Hall’s three performance spaces.

“The Kronos Quartet has been immeasurably influential to my music,” said Haber, an assistant professor of music. “As a teenager, I heard their breathtaking recordings of new music by living composers for the first time and realized that writing music was what I truly wanted to do. Writing for the Kronos Quartet has been among my life's most treasured creative experiences.”

Haber is an internationally-acclaimed composer. He is a 2005 Guggenheim fellow and a 2007 Rome Prize winner in music composition. At UNO, he directs the composition program and teaches advanced theory and upper-level seminars. He also creates and stages numerous workshops and contemporary classical performances. Haber holds a doctorate from Cornell University.

He is spending the current semester composing in Berlin, courtesy of an ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents, as well as an artist grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, known as the DAAD.

Haber’s world premiere work will be performed by the Kronos Quartet, one of the most celebrated and influential groups of its era. For more than 40 years, Kronos has collaborated with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers. In that time, Kronos has performed thousands of concerts worldwide, released more than 50 recordings and commissioned more than 850 works and arrangements for string quartet.