Artist-in-Residence Program

2017-18 Edward T. Cone Concert Series

October 20 & 21
Stephen Drury

Drury will highlight Frederic Rzewski’s masterpiece, The People United Will Never Be Defeated. This piece, 36 variations on a Chilean revolutionary song, cycles kaleidoscopically through every style of piano playing in music history, from Bach-style counterpoint to pointillism and from stride piano to free improvisation. Wildly virtuosic, it is regarded as one of the greatest piano works of the last 50 years. 

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November 10 & 11
The Crossing Choir

The Crossing returns to the Institute in a program of politically thoughtful music for choir and instruments. The Crossing will perform Ted Hearne’s Consent, a piece on how language influences thinking about women’s rights, and To the Hands, which focuses on immigration, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. The concert also features a piece by Lang, the national anthems, whose text is created from poetic lines from the national anthems of every country in the world, creating a meta-anthem of fear, blood, and hope.

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Click here to reserve tickets for Saturday, November 11.

January 12 & 13
Vicky Chow

Vicky Chow will perform Surface Image, a tumultuous, evening-length work. Commissioned from musical pioneer and composer Tristan Perich, this performance will feature a wall of 40 tiny electronic speakers surrounding Chow, whose elemental electronic sounds complement the oceanic sound of the piano.

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March 9 & 10
Ensemble Signal

The season will conclude with a string orchestra performance by Ensemble Signal, led by conductor Brad Lubman. The program will highlight Bang on a Can cofounder Michael Gordon’s Weather, a wild, explosive work that began with his curiosity about how musical instruments might be useful in mapping chaotic weather patterns. Ensemble Signal will also perform MacArthur Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister, a tour de force of story telling in which the music dramatizes the story behind a harrowing and heartbreaking traditional folk song.

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Click here to reserve your tickets for Saturday, March 10.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. Tickets will be available to the public approximately one month before each concert.

Concert Tickets

Tickets are required for the concerts and will be available to the public approximately one month before each concert.

October 20 & 21
Stephen Drury

Drury will highlight Frederic Rzewski’s masterpiece, The People United Will Never Be Defeated. This piece, 36 variations on a Chilean revolutionary song, cycles kaleidoscopically through every style of piano playing in music history, from Bach-style counterpoint to pointillism and from stride piano to free improvisation. Wildly virtuosic, it is regarded as one of the greatest piano works of the last 50 years. 

Click here to reserve tickets for Friday, October 20.

Click here to reserve tickets for Saturday, October 21.

November 10 & 11
The Crossing Choir

The Crossing returns to the Institute in a program of politically thoughtful music for choir and instruments. The Crossing will perform Ted Hearne’s Consent, a piece on how language influences thinking about women’s rights, and To the Hands, which focuses on immigration, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. The concert also features a piece by Lang, the national anthems, whose text is created from poetic lines from the national anthems of every country in the world, creating a meta-anthem of fear, blood, and hope.

Click here to reserve tickets for Friday, November 10.

Click here to reserve tickets for Saturday, November 11.

January 12 & 13
Vicky Chow

Vicky Chow will perform Surface Image, a tumultuous, evening-length work. Commissioned from musical pioneer and composer Tristan Perich, this performance will feature a wall of 40 tiny electronic speakers surrounding Chow, whose elemental electronic sounds complement the oceanic sound of the piano.

Click here to reserve your tickets for Friday, January 12.

Click here to reserve your tickets for Saturday, January 13.

March 9 & 10
Ensemble Signal

The season will conclude with a string orchestra performance by Ensemble Signal, led by conductor Brad Lubman. The program will highlight Bang on a Can cofounder Michael Gordon’s Weather, a wild, explosive work that began with his curiosity about how musical instruments might be useful in mapping chaotic weather patterns. Ensemble Signal will also perform MacArthur Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister, a tour de force of story telling in which the music dramatizes the story behind a harrowing and heartbreaking traditional folk song.

Click here to reserve your tickets for Friday, March 9.

Click here to reserve your tickets for Saturday, March 10.

About Artist-in-Residence David Lang

David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, became Artist-in-Residence in July 2016. His works have been performed worldwide by distinguished artists and ensembles, including the BBC Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Boston Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet. A recipient of the prestigious Grammy Award, Lang has received numerous honors, including Musical America’s Composer of the Year, Carnegie Hall’s 2013­–14 Debs Composer’s Chair, the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lang is a Professor of Music Composition at the Yale School of Music and is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music festival Bang on a Can.  

Program History

The Artist-in-Residence program was established at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1994 to create a musical presence within the Institute community and to have in residence a person whose work could be experienced and appreciated by scholars from all disciplines. Pianist Robert Taub was the first Artist-in-Residence from 1994 to 2001, followed by composer Jon Magnussen, who served as Artist-in-Residence from 2000 to 2007. Paul Moravec served as Artist-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008 and Artistic Consultant from 2008 to 2009. Derek Bermel, a composer, clarinetist, conductor and jazz and rock musician, served as Artist-in-Residence from 2009 to June 2013. Following Bermel, composer Sebastian Currier served as the Artist-in-Residence from 2013 to June 2016. His complex and imaginative works have been performed by such eminent artists and ensembles as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic. A recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, Currier has received numerous honors including the Berlin Prize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, became Artist-in-Residence in July 2016. His works have been performed worldwide by distinguished artists and ensembles, including the BBC Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Boston Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet. A recipient of the prestigious Grammy Award, Lang has received numerous honors, including Musical America’s Composer of the Year, Carnegie Hall’s 2013­–14 Debs Composer’s Chair, the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lang is a Professor of Music Composition at the Yale School of Music and is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music festival Bang on a Can.  

Concert Venue

Constructed between 1991 and 1993, the Institute for Advanced Study’s 220-seat Wolfensohn Hall was built to serve as both lecture and concert hall. As the first new construction since 1969, the auditorium was named for James and Elaine Wolfensohn. Mr. Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank, is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees at the Institute. The hall has been called “an instrument for sound,” (U.S. 1, April 13, 1994) as its physical appearance suggests: the curving side wall panels, articulated by horizontal stripes of red fabric covering, are made of wood. To attain acoustical excellence, the project’s designer, Jeff Paine, worked closely with the Boston-based acoustical design firm, Acentech. The design features open trusses overhead, with nothing to stop the resonance of sound. The only structures which absorb sound are in the rear wall, inhibiting sound from bouncing back toward the stage. That Wolfensohn Hall turned out to be a fine concert hall is no accident: Mr. Wolfensohn is an amateur cellist and an old friend of violinist Isaac Stern. (Stern surprised the Institute community by playing the inaugural concert for Wolfensohn Hall in April 1993, and sharing the program with Wolfensohn’s daughter, Sara, an accomplished pianist.) Wolfensohn Hall’s architect, Caesar Pelli and Associates, is known for the Carnegie Hall tower and one of the Museum of Modern Art expansions and renovations, as well as Princeton University’s DeNunzio aquatic building. The designer, Jeff Paine, has served as project manager for some of the firm’s most high-profile creations – including Manhattan’s four-tower World Financial Center and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

Support the Artist-in-Residence Program

The Institute is pleased to make concerts and related talks featuring well-known performers and others from the music world freely available to the community, and we are delighted with the large crowds that regularly attend the performances. IAS is committed to providing our concerts free of charge, and we invite you to help us sustain that commitment by making a contribution to support the Edward T. Cone Concert Series. Your gift, along with the gifts of others who have enjoyed these concerts, will help us to continue to develop and offer outstanding musical programs. Make an online donation or contact Kathleen Eastman for further assistance.