Hans Tutschku’s nighttime songs from afar

An excerpt from my review of Tutschku’s two-night concert series at Music and Literature: “Beneath the tension between machine and human in Tutschku’s compositions lies a confrontation of human with human—something we rarely admit is more uncomfortable and uncertain than the cool steel against flesh that nighttime songs from afar makes explicit. Next to friends and facing strangers on the Turrell’s squared marble benches, the audience held camaraderie while the work unfolded layer after layer of new experience.” Read it in its entirety here.

Nota Bene

As the spring semester hurtles onward after the break, take refuge in many heartening concerts this weekend. Tomorrow evening, the storied saxophonist and artist Dickie Landry will regale anyone lucky enough to grab a seat in the Menil Collection’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel. Saturday morning, KINETIC is giving a pop-up chamber music performance at A 2nd Cup–a worthy outing for a number of reasons.

And come Monday, Sebastian Stefanović, a former writing student of mine and a fierce violist, will take the stage at the Shepherd School in a solo recital you’ll not want to miss. In December, I was witness to his performance of the harrowing Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130. Energy and enigma don’t begin to cover it. True to form, on offer in Monday’s concert is György Ligeti’s remarkable (and rarely heard) viola sonata.