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Houston New Arts Movement’s “Surpassing With Schnittke”

The young chamber ensemble talks about and plays music by Alfred Schnittke.

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The young chamber ensemble talks about and plays music by Alfred Schnittke.

Houston New Arts Movement rounds out its “Transformation Trilogy” season with its third offering, Surpassing Schnittke, featuring three chamber works by the 20th-century Russian composer.

Surpassing Schnittke is the culmination of a line of musical thought Beginning with Beethoven and Surviving with Shostakovich (as the two previous concerts of the season were titled).

As the ensemble says, “Schnittke’s powerful and urgent music creates its own language and world to explore, combining elements of jazz, classical traditional music, Russian music, and many other styles (“polystylism” as he called it) all with his own uniquely “Schnittke” voice.”

Five members of the ensemble, including artistic director Adam Vincent Clay, join Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn in the Geary Studio to talk about the concert, and they play movements 1 and 2 of Schnittke’s Piano Quintet (which you can hear throughout the interview).

Houston New Arts Movement presents Surpassing with Schnittke, Saturday, May 17th, 8:30PM, at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 824 Main Street, Pasadena, TX 77506.

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