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Southern Oregon University Recital Hall
Ashland, Oregon
Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 7:30 PM
San Francisco's Friction Quartet perform composer Geoffrey Gordon's ABACISCUS, for string quartet, a work inspired by mosaics found primarily in the Villa Romana del Casale and the Piazza Vittoria de Palermo in Sicily which date from the early 4th century. (The fourth movement is inspired by a mosaic discovered near the Daphni Monastery in Athens, circa 1100 AD.)
Presenters: Oregon Center for the Arts; Redding Performing Arts Society
Gordon: Abaciscus (for string quartet)
Ensemble: Friction Quartet
Performing Arts Society: Old City Hall
Redding, California
Friday, 8 February 2019 - 7:30 PM
San Francisco's Friction Quartet perform composer Geoffrey Gordon's ABACISCUS, for string quartet, a work inspired by mosaics found primarily in the Villa Romana del Casale and the Piazza Vittoria de Palermo in Sicily which date from the early 4th century. (The fourth movement is inspired by a mosaic discovered near the Daphni Monastery in Athens, circa 1100 AD.)
Presenters: Oregon Center for the Arts; Redding Performing Arts Society
Gordon: Abaciscus (for string quartet)
Ensemble: Friction Quartet
Luton Library Theatre
Luton, England
Monday, 4 February 2019 - 7:00 PM
Horn soloist Ben Goldscheider premieres composer Geoffrey Gordon's new chamber work, THORN, (horn, violin, piano), at Conway Hall, London. Callum Smart, violin and Richard Uttley, piano, are also featured on this work inspired by the holy relic said to be a thorn from Jesus's crown kept at
Stonyhurst College, in Clitheroe, Lancashire, for the last 200 years. This work was originally funded by the Britten Sinfonia.
Presenter: Conway Hall
Gordon: THORN
Artists: Ben Goldscheider (French Horn); Richard Uttley (Piano); Callum Smart (Violin)
Ensemble: Ashwell Trio
Conway Hall
London, England
Sunday, 3 February 2019 - 3:00 PM
Horn soloist Ben Goldscheider premieres composer Geoffrey Gordon's new chamber work, THORN, (horn, violin, piano), at Conway Hall, London. Callum Smart, violin and Richard Uttley, piano, are also featured on this work inspired by the holy relic said to be a thorn from Jesus's crown kept at
Stonyhurst College, in Clitheroe, Lancashire, for the last 200 years. This work was originally funded by the Britten Sinfonia.
Presenter: Conway Hall
Gordon: THORN
Artists: Ben Goldscheider (French Horn); Richard Uttley (Piano); Callum Smart (Violin)
Ensemble: Ashwell Trio
Royal Festival Hall
London, England
Sunday, 20 January 2019 - 3:00 PM
The Philharmonia Orchestra and guest conductor Martyn Brabbins will give the world premiere performances of composer Geoffrey Gordon's Prometheus, a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra, commissioned for Philharmonia Orchestra's own soloist, Laurent Ben Slimane, inspired by the Franz Kafka treatment of the Greek legend, on a program which also includes works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, at Royal Festival Hall, London.
Presenter: Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Gordon: Prometheus: a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra after Kafka
Artist: Laurent Ben Slimane (Bass Clarinet)
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
De Montfort Hall
Leicester, England
Saturday, 19 January 2019 - 7:30 PM
The Philharmonia Orchestra and guest conductor Martyn Brabbins will give the world premiere performances of composer Geoffrey Gordon's Prometheus, a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra, commissioned for Philharmonia Orchestra's own soloist, Laurent Ben Slimane, inspired by the Franz Kafka treatment of the Greek legend, on a program which also includes works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten.
Presenter: Philharmonia Orchestra
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Gordon: Prometheus: a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra after Kafka
Artist: Laurent Ben Slimane (Bass Clarinet)
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Chiesa di Santa Caterina
Palermo, Italy
Saturday, 13 October 2018 - 7:00 PM
Geoffrey Gordon's new work for string orchestra, Gotham News, after the painting of the same name by Dutch artist Willem de Kooning (1955), will premiere in Palermo, with the WADI Ensemble, in a performance at the Chiesa di Santa Caterina, in Bellini Plaza, Palermo, Italy, on 13 October 2018. This work is commissioned in connection with the 2017-18 Mario Merz Prize in Music Composition, awarded to Mr. Gordon. A second work will follow in April, 2019.
Presenter: Mario Merz Foundation
Gordon: Gotham News
Ensemble: WADI Ensemble
CBSO Centre
Birmingham, England
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 - 7:30 PM
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to give the world premiere performances of Geoffrey Gordon's Harmonie, a setting of a text by Karl Marx, as part of the Wilde Lieder Marx.Music Project. Scored for soprano and solo cello, Harmonie is a setting of an early romantic text by the political thinker and theorist, dedicated to his love, Jenny, from Buch der Lieder 1836.
Presenter: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Gordon: Harmonie
Artists: Elizabeth Atherton (Soprano); Ulrich Heinen (Cello)
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Promotionsaula der Universität
Trier, Germany
Saturday, 1 September 2018 - 8:00 PM
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to give the world premiere performances of Geoffrey Gordon's Harmonie, a setting of a text by Karl Marx, as part of the Wilde Lieder Marx.Music Project. Scored for soprano and solo cello, Harmonie is a setting of an early romantic text by the political thinker and theorist, dedicated to his love, Jenny, from Buch der Lieder 1836.
Presenter: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Gordon: Harmonie
Artists: Elizabeth Atherton (Soprano); Ulrich Heinen (Cello)
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Musée Gohki Endo
Kyoto, Japan
Saturday, 25 August 2018 - 7:00 PM
The Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble will give the Japanese premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Interiors of a Courtyard, for guitar and mandolin. This work is inspired by the extraordinary paintings of Danish artist, Vilhelm Hammershøi.
Presenter: Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble
Gordon: Interiors of a Courtyard
Ensemble: Rosetta Contemporary Ensemble
Mogens Dahl Koncertsal
Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - 8:00 PM
Geoffrey Gordon's new choral work, Ode to a Nightingale (for SATB and solo cello), commissioned for the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and cellist Toke Moldrup, receives its world premiere performance on a program which also includes Gordon's Lorca Musica per cello solo and works by Samuel Barber and David Lang. AMERICANA: THE AMERICAN SUBLIME, Mogens Dahl Concert Hall, Copenhagen, DENMARK 16 May 2018.
Presenter: Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Gordon: Ode to a Nightingale
Artist: Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Ensemble: Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Conductor: Mogens Dahl
Gordon: Lorca Musica per Cello solo
Artist: Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Arnold Schönberg Center
Vienna, Austria
Friday, 16 March 2018 - 7:30 PM
Two world premieres from composer Geoffrey Gordon are combined with works of composer Arnold Schoenberg in a recital program at the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna, featuring singers Tobias Greenhalgh (baritone) and Natalia Kawalek (mezzo soprano) and pianist Julius Drake. Mr. Gordon's settings of the Wallace Stevens poem, Peter Quince at the Clavier, commissioned for Mr. Greenhalgh, and six sonnets from poet Pablo Neruda, for baritone, mezzo soprano and piano (Sonnets from Neruda), will be interwoven with songs from the extensive catalogue of legendary composer Arnold Schoenberg, in a program designed to illustrate the ecstasy of composing.
Presenter: Arnold Schoenberg Center Vienna
Schoenberg: Songs (6), Op. 3
Artists: Natalia Kawalek (Mezzo Soprano); Tobias Greenhalgh (Baritone); Julius Drake (Piano)
Gordon: Peter Quince at the Clavier
Artists: Tobias Greenhalgh (Baritone); Julius Drake (Piano)
Schoenberg: Songs (4), Op. 2
Artists: Tobias Greenhalgh (Baritone); Julius Drake (Piano)
Gordon: Sonnets from Neruda
Artists: Natalia Kawalek (Mezzo Soprano); Tobias Greenhalgh (Baritone); Julius Drake (Piano)
Schoenberg: Songs (2), Op. 1
Artists: Tobias Greenhalgh (Baritone); Julius Drake (Piano)
Swansea University: Great Hall
Swansea, Wales
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 8:00 PM
Cellist Toke Moldrup and pianist Galya Kolarova perform Geoffrey Gordon's cello sonata, FATHOMS, inspired by Shakespeare's Tempest, at the Great Hall, Swansea University, Wales, UK. The program also includes works by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.
Presenter: Swansea University
Gordon: FATHOMS: Five Impressions of Shakespeare's The Tempest (with Prelude) for cello and piano
Artists: Galya Kolarova (Piano); Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, 20 October 2017 - 8:00 PM
The Emory University Wind Ensemble and conductor Paul Bhasin will perform composer Geoffrey Gordon's new work, ROCKS, as part of a concert at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, in Atlanta.

ROCKS is a work in five movements for symphonic winds, brass, piano, harp, percussion and double bass, inspired by the textures and sonic implications of five rocks: glassy, volcanic obsidian; dry, crisp slate; luxurious blue lapis; magical amethyst; and intense, burning sulfur.

ROCKS was commissioned by a consortium of 21 universities in the United States and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Presenter: Emory University
Gordon: ROCKS
Ensemble: Emory Wind Ensemble
Conductor: Paul Bhasin
Sofia Live Club
Sofia, Bulgaria
Sunday, 15 October 2017 - 5:00 PM
Geoffrey Gordon's FATHOMS sonata for cello and piano, after Shakespeare's Tempest, receives its Bulgarian premiere as part of the first inaugural Concordia Festival in Sophia, 15 October 2017, with Cellist Toke Moldrup (for whom the work was commissioned) and pianist Steven Beck.
Presenter: Concordia Festival
Gordon: FATHOMS: Five Impressions of Shakespeare's The Tempest (with Prelude) for cello and piano
Artists: Galya Kolarova (Piano); Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Philharmonie
Munich, Germany
Monday, 9 October 2017 - 8:00 PM
The Munich Philharmonic and guest conductor James Gaffigan will give the world premiere performances of composer Geoffrey Gordon's new concerto for trumpet and orchestra, CHASE, commissioned for esteemed soloist Guido Segers. CHASE is inspired by the works of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). The program also includes Mahler's Sixth Symphony in A minor - "Tragic".
Presenter: Munich Philharmonic
Gordon: CHASE (Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra)
Artist: Guido Segers (Trumpet)
Ensemble: Munich Philharmonic
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Mahler: Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
Ensemble: Munich Philharmonic
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Philharmonie
Munich, Germany
Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 11:00 AM
The Munich Philharmonic and guest conductor James Gaffigan will give the world premiere performances of composer Geoffrey Gordon's new concerto for trumpet and orchestra, CHASE, commissioned for esteemed soloist Guido Segers. CHASE is inspired by the works of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). The program also includes Mahler's Sixth Symphony in A minor - "Tragic".
Presenter: Munich Philharmonic
Gordon: CHASE (Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra)
Artist: Guido Segers (Trumpet)
Ensemble: Munich Philharmonic
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Mahler: Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
Ensemble: Munich Philharmonic
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Philharmonie
Munich, Germany
Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 7:00 PM
The Munich Philharmonic and guest conductor James Gaffigan will give the world premiere performances of composer Geoffrey Gordon's new concerto for trumpet and orchestra, CHASE, commissioned for esteemed soloist Guido Segers. CHASE is inspired by the works of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). The program also includes Mahler's Sixth Symphony in A minor - "Tragic".
Presenter: Munich Philharmonic
Gordon: CHASE (Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra)
Artist: Guido Segers (Trumpet)
Ensemble: Munich Philharmonic
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Mahler: Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
Ensemble: Munich Philharmonic
Conductor: James Gaffigan
St. John's, Smith Square
London, England
Monday, 8 May 2017 - 7:30 PM
In six captivating and contrasting movements, FATHOMS (commissioned for Møldrup) presents a musical consideration of the magic and drama in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Upon its premiere at Carnegie Hall (December 2015), the New York Time said, "the engaging and colourful FATHOMS links to the past with unabashedly programmatic, extroverted storytelling... Mr Gordon vividly sketches characters and scenes from The Tempest. Caliban's gruffness, Ariel's quicksilver curiosity, the glowing romance between Ferdinand and Miranda all came alive in Mr Møldrup and Mr Beck's intense playing. The final movement imagines Prospero drowning his book, with Mr Møldrup gradually tuning the bottom string of his cello downward, creating the unnerving sensation of something sinking, slowly, to ever darker depths."

Preceding its release on CD, two of the world's most exciting soloists, Danish cellist Toke Møldrup, hailed as "without question among the most prominent musicians in Scandinavia" (Politiken) and Steven Beck, described as "exemplary" and "deeply satisfying" (the New York Times) and praised by the New Yorker as "one of the city's finest young pianists", give the UK premiere of acclaimed American composer Geoffrey Gordon's fabulous cello and piano sonata FATHOMS, within and rich and exciting programme on an American-English-Danish theme.

There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm by the composer, Geoffrey Gordon.
Presenter: St. Johns Smith Square
Gordon: Lorca Musica per Cello solo
Artist: Toke Møldrup (Cello)
Gordon: FATHOMS: Five Impressions of Shakespeare's The Tempest (with Prelude) for cello and piano
Artists: Steven Beck (Piano); Toke Møldrup (Cello)
University of Dubuque Heritage Center: John and Alice Butler Hall
Dubuque, Iowa
Sunday, 7 May 2017 - 2:30 PM
The University of Dubuque Wind Ensemble and conductor Nicholas Bratcher will perform composer Geoffrey Gordon's new work, ROCKS, as part of a concert at the Heritage Center for the Performing Arts, in Dubuque, Iowa.

ROCKS is a work in five movements for symphonic winds, brass, piano, harp, percussion and double bass, inspired by the textures and sonic implications of five rocks: glassy, volcanic obsidian; dry, crisp slate; luxurious blue lapis; magical amethyst; and intense, burning sulfur.

ROCKS was commissioned by a consortium of 21 universities in the United States and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Presenter: University of Dubuque Heritage Center
Gordon: ROCKS
Ensemble: University of Dubuque Wind Ensemble
Conductor: Nicholas Bratcher
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