Dates & Price
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Reserved Seating: $37
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $31*
Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble. Programmed for curious audiences, their inventive repertoire and instrumentation spans anything between a snare drum and a flower pot.
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Sō Percussion’s repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall. Sō Percussion also composes and performs their own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programs—including Imaginary City, Where (we) Live, and A Gun Show, which was presented in a multi-performance presentation as part of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival. In these concert-length programs, Sō Percussion employs a distinctively 21st century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values, and visual art into a powerful exploration of their own unique and personal creative experiences.
Recent highlights include an acclaimed Trilogy portrait at the Lincoln Center Festival; appearances at Bonnaroo, the Eaux Claires Festival, MassMoCA, and TED 2016; international tours to Poland and Ireland; performances of David Lang’s man made with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil; Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings at the Barbican in London; and an original score for a live performance and broadcast of WNYC’s Radiolab with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich at BAM.
Rooted in the belief that music is an essential facet of human life, a social bond, and an effective tool in creating agency and citizenship, Sō Percussion enthusiastically pursues a growing range of social and community outreach. Examples include their Brooklyn Bound presentations of younger composers; commitments to purchasing offsets to compensate for carbon-heavy activities such as touring travel; and leading an annual food-packing drive, yielding up to 25,000 meals, for the Crisis Center of Mercer County through the organization EndHungerNE.
Sō Percussion is the Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University, where they offer educational work and present an annual series of concerts. They are also co-directors of the percussion department at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, and run the annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI), which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018, providing college-age composers and percussionists an immersive exposure to collaboration and project development.
*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive up to 15% off 2018–2019 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing.
Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artists after this performance.