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Members of Ensemble intercontemporain—the premier ensemble for contemporary music—and its Music Director Matthias Pintscher join Fellows for Olivier Messiaen’s epic 12-movement masterpiece From the canyons to the stars… Inspired by visits to Utah’s Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, nature enthusiast Messiaen captured the scenic wonders in a work that spans 90 minutes with solo features for piano, violin, horn and percussion. This performance will feature immersive multimedia projections by Hicham Berrada across the New World Center’s architectural sails, where the towering red rocks and fluttering birds will come to life.
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Approx. Duration: 92 minutes
Des Canyons aux étoiles…
What is written in the stars…
The White-browed robin
Cedar Breaks and the Gift of Awe
Bryce Canyon and the Red-orange rocks
The Resurrected and the Song of the Aldebaran Star
The Wood Thrush
Omao, leiothrix, ʻelepaio, shama
Zion Park and the celestial city
Matthias Pintscher is the Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris. In the 2020-21 season, he began a three-season appointment as the Cincinnati Symphony’s new Creative Partner. Known equally as one of today’s foremost composers, his works are frequently commissioned and performed by major international orchestras.
Mr. Pintscher opened his 2021-22 season as the “Theme Composer” of Suntory Hall’s 2021 festival, including the world premiere of his work neharot, which he conducted with the Tokyo Symphony. In January 2022, his violin concerto written for Leila Josefowicz, Assonanza II, was be premiered by the Cincinnati Symphony under Mr. Pintscher’s baton. This season he makes debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Lahti Symphony and Musikkollegium Winterthur. He returns to the Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Barcelona Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Holland Festival, Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boulez Ensemble. In recent seasons, Mr. Pintscher has begun to conduct staged operas, and in the 2021-22 will return to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin to lead Lohengrin, for which he gave the production’s premiere the prior season.
Mr. Pintscher has held many titled positions, most recently as the BBC Scottish Symphony’s Artist-in-Association for nine seasons. During the 2018-19 season, he served as the Season Creative Chair for the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He was Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra from 2016-2018.
Mr. Pintscher began his musical training in conducting, studying with Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös in his early 20s, during which time composing soon took a more prominent role in his life. Mr. Pintscher's music is championed by some of today's finest performing artists, orchestras and conductors. His works have been performed by such orchestras as the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris, among many others. He is published exclusively by Bärenreiter. Mr. Pintscher has been on the composition faculty of the Juilliard School since 2014.
In 1976 Pierre Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain with the support of Michel Guy (who was Minister of Culture at the time) and Nicholas Snowman.
The Ensemble’s 31 soloists share a passion for 20th- and 21st-century music. They are employed on permanent contract, enabling them to fulfill the major aims of the Ensemble: performance, creation and education for young musicians and the general public. Under the artistic direction of Matthias Pintscher the musicians work in close collaboration with composers, exploring instrumental techniques and developing projects that interweave music, dance, theater, film, video and visual arts.
In collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), the Ensemble intercontemporain is also active in the field of synthetic sound generation. New pieces are commissioned and performed on a regular basis.
The Ensemble is renowned for its strong emphasis on music education: concerts for kids, creative workshops for students, training programs for future performers, conductors, composers, etc.
Resident of the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, the Ensemble performs and records in France and abroad, taking part in major festivals worldwide.
The Ensemble is financed by the Ministry of Culture and receives additional support from the Paris City Council.