Critic’s Choice

Tue Mar 22, 2016 at 9:37 pm
Hans Abrahamsen. Photo: Lars Skaaning

Hans Abrahamsen. Photo: Lars Skaaning

The Seattle Symphony’s 2014 Carnegie Hall performance of John Luther Adams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Become Ocean established Adams as a composer of importance and public stature in New York City.

The same may be about to happen for Hans Abrahamsen. In January, the Cleveland Orchestra, soprano Barbara Hannigan, and conductor Franz Welser-Most brought Abrahamsen’s Grawemeyer Award-winning let me tell you to Carnegie, for what was a luminous and enriching performance. This Thursday, Abrahamsen receives a Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre, where Ensemble Signal, with conductor Brad Lubman, will play his evening-lenth work Schnee.

For those who witnessed let me tell you, Schnee will introduce another side of the composer—the contrapuntalist who works with canons. For those who missed the first concert, Schnee will be an opportunity to hear what makes his work special: finely etched classical forms expressed through intriguing and distinctive orchestration.

Ensemble Signal plays Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee 8 p.m. Thursday at Miller


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