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January 16th 2008
New York City, USA - St Paul the Apostle (Wordless Music Series)
orchestral performance
01.Popcorn Superhet Receiver
The Wordless Music Series has announced preliminary details of its 2007-08 season, which will include the much-anticipated U.S. premiere of Jonny Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver for string orchestra, which will take place at St. Paul the Apostle in New York City on January 16 and 17, 2008.
For its U.S. premiere, the work has been revised by the composer and will be performed by a string orchestra comprising 18 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos, and 4 double basses. The Wordless Music Orchestra will be led by conductor Brad Lubman, known for his work conducting the Steve Reich Ensemble, and will feature a one-time gathering of 50 instrumentalists, who represent many of the brightest talents in New York’s classical and new-music community. They come from a diverse group of bands and ensembles who have drawn inspiration from the music of Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead throughout the group’s 15-year history, including members of Alarm Will Sound and So Percussion.
Conductor Brad Lubman will lead a 50-piece Wordless Music Orchestra in a program of contemporary music exploring the subjects of religion, technology, and modernity. The concerts will include John Adams’ Christian Zeal and Activity (1973), for chamber ensemble and tape; Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), for orchestra and tapes; and the U.S. premiere of Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver (2006) for string orchestra, parts of which can now be heard in the score to Paul Thomas Anderson’s extraordinary new film There Will Be Blood.