In Memoriam: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's Death
LocationDallas City Performance Hall
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- November 23, 2013 7:30 pm
The city may be getting mixed reviews for certain elements of its presentation of John F. Kennedy’s 50th anniversary memorial, but the Nasher Sculpture Center’s “Soundings” series is treating the somber occasion with the care and attention we’ve come to expect from the institution. Vermont’s Yellow Barn organization, along with New York City’s iconic Carnegie Hall, teamed up with the Nasher to commission an exclusive composition by Steven Mackey. In addition to the premiere of virtuoso guitarist Mackey’s piece, One Red Rose, the performance will include works by John Cage and Olivier Messiaen, two towers of 20th century music who were actually still creating while Kennedy was alive. The men left a legacy of boundary pushing that sonically reflects the tumult and social upheaval of the president’s brief but profound tenure. The Brentano String Quartet, along with clarinetist Charles Neidich, will interpret the program alongside Soundings artistic director and pianist, Seth Knopp. Mackey’s One Red Rose will also be performed in a more acutely historical setting later in the weekend, when it repeats at the Sixth Floor Museum.