Steve Reich on Bridge

Celebrations of Steve Reich’s 70th birthday on 3 October 2006 are already underway, with surveys of his output around the world.

Boosey & Hawkes has worked closely with performing organizations and venues to co-ordinate Reich@70 events. The calendar includes a London retrospective, a rare celebratory collaboration between presenters in his hometown of New York, and a collection of concerts in Los Angeles.

For full details read the Press Release.

Performance highlights include:

5 January 2006

To inaugurate the birthday year, Marin Alsop leads members of the Colorado Symphony in an all-Reich program featuring Tehillim and Different Trains.

17-19 February 2006

Reich is featured composer at RTE’s Living Music Festival, including Three Movements and Variations for Winds, Strings, and Keyboards, a Reich Marathon with six concerts on one day, and the Irish premiere of You Are (Variations) with Ensemble Modern.

1/4 March 2006

Reich feature at Festival des Musiques Contemporanies including Music for Eighteen Musicians performed by Barcelona 216. Concerts take place in Barcelona’s L’Auditori.

European Tour (ECHO)
18 March – 3 April 2006

New collaboration between Steve Reich and choreographer Akram Khan, Variations for Vibes, Piano and Strings, features the London Sinfonietta conducted by Bradley Lubman. European Concert Halls Organisation (ECHO) venues include Philharmonie Cologne (18 March), Cité de la Musique Paris (22 March), Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels (23 March), Konzerthaus Vienna (26 March), Concertgebouw Amsterdam (29 March), Symphony Hall Birmingham (30 March), Megaron Athens (3 March). The tour programme also includes Sextet and Different Trains .
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Los Angeles
25-30 March 2006

Reich works at Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Minimalist Jukebox  festival, curated by John Adams, include Variations for winds, strings and keyboard, Three Movements and Tehillim .

28 March 2006

Tivoli Hall plays host to all-Reich programme including the Scandinavian premiere of You Are (Variations)

7/9 April 2006

Three programmes by Ensemble Modern at the Festspielhaus include City Life, Tehillim, Triple Quartet, Clapping Music,  Violin Phase, Music for Pieces of Wood, New York Counterpoint  and Music for Eighteen Musicians. The composer himself will take part in the lecture concert on 9 April (11.30 am)

28 September – 8 October 2006

Phases: the Music of Steve Reich  at Barbican features Steve Reich & Musicians, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Kronos Quartet and Bang on a Can. Highlights includes staging of The Cave, a dance triple bill and the world premiere of Daniel Variations for ensemble.
For full details visit the Barbican website

30 September/3 October 2006

The Sibelius Academy presents a pair of all-Reich concerts featuring  Music for 18 Musicians, Eight Lines, the orchestral version of Tehillim, and the rarely heard Six Pianos.

2-4 October 2006

Graz Studio Percussion tours an all-Reich program to three Austrian cities, performing City Life, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ, Sextet, and Electric Counterpoint in Vienna (2 Oct.), Graz (3 Oct.), and Innsbruck (4 Oct.).

New York
3 October – 4 November 2006

Concerts at BAM Next Wave festival, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center featuring Steve Reich & Musicians, Kronos Quartet, London Sinfonietta.  Whitney Museum to show Three Tales and present program on 15 October featuring Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, Prism Sax Quartet, and Tactus.
For full details read the Press Release.

3/5 October 2006

Reich festival with Klaus Simon’s Holst-Sinfonietta and VOCALS 12/21, featuring Know What Is Above You, Vermont Counterpoint, Come Out, City Life and Music for 18 Musicians, in connection with a new Naxos recording

12-18 November 2006

Steve Reich and Musicians tour of Daniel Variations and Music for Eighteen Musicians, including Casa da Musica in Porto and Cité de la Musique in Paris.

7 December 2006

The Amadinda percussion ensemble and the Uzme ensemble present an all-Reich program featuring You Are (Variations) and Electric Counterpoint at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall.

Los Angeles
28/29 January 2007

LA Master Chorale performs the West Coast premiere of Daniel Variations, paired with You Are (Variations), 28 January at Disney Hall; University of Southern California hosts all-Reich concert at Thornton School of Music, 29 January.

Please visit our Performances  area for a detailed calendar of Reich events over the coming months.

Reich photo © Jeff Herman