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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of August 15–17
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    Here is our weekly list of just some of the many events going on across the globe this weekend featuring Nonesuch artists ...

    John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine will be performed each night this weekend by the Pasadena Pops, led by Rachael Worby, as part of its I Hear America Singing program, which also features the works of Gershwin, Ellington, and Copland. The concerts take place at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge in Pasadena, California. Info: pasadenapops.org.

    The Netherlands National Youth Orchestra, which last weekend gave three performances of Adams's Gnarly Button, this weekend adds the composer's 1989 arrangement of Busoni's Berceuse elegiaque and, from the same year, The Black Gondola, his arrangment of Liszt's La Lugubre gondola II. Under the direction of Maestro Reinbert de Leeuw, the orchestra performs the works Saturday night in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and Sunday in Kootwijk. Info: njo.nl.

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    Bill Frisell—who last weekend, with Charlie Haden and Ethan Iverson, performed at the Newport Jazz Festival "in top form," says the Fall River Herald News, "showcasing his impressive dexterity with crisp, clean lines dancing above the smooth counterpoint of Iverson’s piano—performs at two more venues in New England this weekend, this time in solo sets. Friday, he'll be at the Maple Room in Lewiston, Maine (themapleroom.info), and Saturday, he'll play the YMCA Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts (cambridgeymca.org).

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    Steve Reich's work is the focus of Steve Reich Evening, a new piece by choreographer Teresa De Keersmaeker collecting seven works she has set to Reich's music over the past 25 years, making its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival this weekend. For details and information on other Reich events over the coming days, read the article in today's Nonesuch Journal.

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    Dawn Upshaw continues her run of performances in Kaija Saariaho's La Passion de Simone at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, part of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Tonight's performance begins at 7:30 PM, preceded by a pre-concert talk with the composer and Ara Guzelimian, Dean of The Juilliard School; Sunday's show starts at 4 PM. Info: lincolncenter.org.

    Reviewing Wednesday night's premiere, the New York Times's Anthony Tomassini says "it is hard to resist the sheer, misty allure of Ms. Saariaho’s thick-textured, rhapsodic music and the unusually inventive dramatic structure of this work, especially as presented here. The soprano Dawn Upshaw gave a mesmerizing performance, joined by the superb choral ensemble London Voices (Terry Edwards, music director) and the excellent City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra ..."

    "As always, Ms. Saariaho’s orchestral writing is wondrous," he continues. "She masterfully builds shimmering, organic sonorities from multilayered orchestra elements that blend natural and electronic sounds. Her tonally wayward harmonies are alive with pungent dissonance. Yet, as the collages of orchestral sound flow by inexorably, they come across as grounded and elemental. And the soprano part deftly balances ruminative lyricism with conversational naturalness."

    Tomassini concludes: "Ms. Upshaw’s singing is beyond beautiful—direct, humane and true. Mr. Sellars has worked out some intricately expressive gestures for her and Mr. Schumacher, who entwine limbs and legs. Even in her movements, Ms. Upshaw was as compelling as her dancer partner."

    Read the review at nytimes.com.

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    After a week of unforgettable outdoor performances, included sets at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, and McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn (see Nonesuch Journal), Wilco headlines the Jackson Hole Music Festival in Wyoming on Saturday, sharing a bill with Brian Wilson, among others. (Coincidentally, Sun Volt, the other spin-off from Wilco predecessor Uncle Tupolo, plays the following day.) Info: festivalnetwork.com.

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Here is our weekly list of just some of the many events going on across the globe this weekend featuring Nonesuch artists ...

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Here is our weekly list of just some of the many events going on across the globe this weekend featuring Nonesuch artists ...

John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine will be performed each night this weekend by the Pasadena Pops, led by Rachael Worby, as part of its I Hear America Singing program, which also features the works of Gershwin, Ellington, and Copland. The concerts take place at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge in Pasadena, California. Info: pasadenapops.org.

The Netherlands National Youth Orchestra, which last weekend gave three performances of Adams's Gnarly Button, this weekend adds the composer's 1989 arrangement of Busoni's Berceuse elegiaque and, from the same year, The Black Gondola, his arrangment of Liszt's La Lugubre gondola II. Under the direction of Maestro Reinbert de Leeuw, the orchestra performs the works Saturday night in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and Sunday in Kootwijk. Info: njo.nl.

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Bill Frisell—who last weekend, with Charlie Haden and Ethan Iverson, performed at the Newport Jazz Festival "in top form," says the Fall River Herald News, "showcasing his impressive dexterity with crisp, clean lines dancing above the smooth counterpoint of Iverson’s piano—performs at two more venues in New England this weekend, this time in solo sets. Friday, he'll be at the Maple Room in Lewiston, Maine (themapleroom.info), and Saturday, he'll play the YMCA Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts (cambridgeymca.org).

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Steve Reich's work is the focus of Steve Reich Evening, a new piece by choreographer Teresa De Keersmaeker collecting seven works she has set to Reich's music over the past 25 years, making its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival this weekend. For details and information on other Reich events over the coming days, read the article in today's Nonesuch Journal.

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Dawn Upshaw continues her run of performances in Kaija Saariaho's La Passion de Simone at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, part of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Tonight's performance begins at 7:30 PM, preceded by a pre-concert talk with the composer and Ara Guzelimian, Dean of The Juilliard School; Sunday's show starts at 4 PM. Info: lincolncenter.org.

Reviewing Wednesday night's premiere, the New York Times's Anthony Tomassini says "it is hard to resist the sheer, misty allure of Ms. Saariaho’s thick-textured, rhapsodic music and the unusually inventive dramatic structure of this work, especially as presented here. The soprano Dawn Upshaw gave a mesmerizing performance, joined by the superb choral ensemble London Voices (Terry Edwards, music director) and the excellent City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra ..."

"As always, Ms. Saariaho’s orchestral writing is wondrous," he continues. "She masterfully builds shimmering, organic sonorities from multilayered orchestra elements that blend natural and electronic sounds. Her tonally wayward harmonies are alive with pungent dissonance. Yet, as the collages of orchestral sound flow by inexorably, they come across as grounded and elemental. And the soprano part deftly balances ruminative lyricism with conversational naturalness."

Tomassini concludes: "Ms. Upshaw’s singing is beyond beautiful—direct, humane and true. Mr. Sellars has worked out some intricately expressive gestures for her and Mr. Schumacher, who entwine limbs and legs. Even in her movements, Ms. Upshaw was as compelling as her dancer partner."

Read the review at nytimes.com.

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After a week of unforgettable outdoor performances, included sets at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, and McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn (see Nonesuch Journal), Wilco headlines the Jackson Hole Music Festival in Wyoming on Saturday, sharing a bill with Brian Wilson, among others. (Coincidentally, Sun Volt, the other spin-off from Wilco predecessor Uncle Tupolo, plays the following day.) Info: festivalnetwork.com.

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