From outrageous fugues to murderous madrigals, Houston’s dynamic chamber ensemble, KINETIC, closes their 2017-18 season with “Musical Madness” on Sunday, May 6, 6:30pm at MATCH – a daring and virtuosic program that spans four centuries and includes two premieres. Centering on the famousy shocking Grosse Fuge, one of Beethoven’s last works, “Musical Madness” features six works by composers who dared to challenge the status quo of their time, revealing various elements of musical risqué. The program also offers a nod to our rich and ever-growing musical lineage, with composers finding inspiration from the past: Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov recalls the ghost of Astor Piazzolla in his Tango-infused Last Round; Estonian Erkki-Sven Tüür pays homage to the alarmingly progressive music of Renaissance duke, Carlo Gesualdo, in his haunting L’ombra della croce – which will be a U.S. Premiere – and KINETIC’s very own violinist-composer, Giancarlo Latta will offer his own reflections upon Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge in his new work, written specially for KINETIC.
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