It’s hard to believe it all happened in the space of just over 25 hours. A 20 January concert on Viale Trinità dei Monti at the French Academy, co-sponsored by the AAR, in homage to composer Luigi Nono (1924-1990). The next evening, on the Gianicolo at the American Academy, a lecture and the opening of an exhibition on Nono’s opera Intolleranza 1960. And a concert at the AAR’s Villa Aurelia in homage to 101 year old Elliott Carter (FAAR’53, RAAR’63, ’69, ‘80), including the European premieres of his Tintinnabulation and Figment V for percussion ensemble.
The programs highlighted two giants of contemporary music, and underlined certain trans-Atlantic symmetries in their careers. As is well recognized, Italian composer “Luigi Nono created some of the most exploratory, disturbing, and influential music of the 20th century”, explains AAR Heiskell Arts Director Martin Brody (RAAR’02). Plus “Nono’s life as an avant-garde activist artist brought him into contact with an astonishing variety of collaborations and influences.” (more…)