Composer Steve Reich will celebrate his 70th birthday with a host of special events this fall. Dubbed Steve Reich@70 and due to kick off Oct. 3, the program is a joint venture between the New York venues the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
The festivities will begin at BAM with the U.S. premiere of the commission “Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings” as part of a dance program by the Akram Khan Company. The piece will be performed by the London Sinfonietta. The evening will also feature a performance by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Next up is a six-day Professional Training Workshop at Carnegie Hall, focusing on Reich’s instrumental pieces. The workshop will close with an Oct. 18 performance of “City Life.” Three days later, several landmark Reich works will be performed by the artists for whom they were originally written: Pat Metheny on “Electric Counterpoint,” the Kronos Quartet on “Different Trains” and Reich and Musicians on “Music for 18 Musicians.”
On Oct. 22, Reich will sit for a conversation with Carnegie Hall Artistic Advisor Ara Guzelimian before the U.S. premiere for “Daniel Variations,” inspired by the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
At Lincoln Center, the focus will be on Reich’s works for voice. The program begins Oct. 28 with “Tehillim” and the New York premiere of “You Are (Variations),” performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale as conducted by Grant Gershon. Reich’s own ensemble will revisit the video opera “The Cave” from Nov. 2-4, marking its first performance since 1999.