Critic’s Choice

Tue Mar 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm

The free concert series at the Library of Congress is renowned for its dedication to contemporary music, going back to its founding. This week percussionist Colin Currie and pianist Nicolas Hodges team up for a program of rarely heard music ranging from the 20th century to the 21st.

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Klavierstück V” from Work No. 4, and “Kontakte” from Work No. 12½ (in the second version for electronic sounds, percussion, and piano), bookend this concert. Around Morton Feldman’s The King of Denmark, a puzzling piece for extremely soft percussion, are two pieces by Harrison Birtwistle: Variations from the Golden Mountain and Intrada for piano and percussion, the latter co-commissioned by the Library of Congress.

Prior to this concert, which takes place 8 p.m. Saturday, the performers will hold a conversation about the program with Professor Paul Miller from Duquesne University.

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