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Retrospective Concerts

Continuum's "The Latin Legacy" 2008 concert at Americas Society.

Composers from left: Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Fernando Benadon, Jorge Martín, Sebastián Zubieta; Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs, co-directors; Arthur Kampela, Manuel Sosa, Ileana Pérez-Velázquez, Marcelo Toledo, Ricardo Romaneiro

Photo: Arturo Sánchez

In New York City CONTINUUM has pioneered "retrospective concerts," which celebrate individual composers. Exploring a broad range of their work, such concerts offer the listener deep insights into a composer's development. Retrospective concerts have dealt with established masters -- who are sometimes known by only a handful of their works -- and introduced important new figures from around the world.

Continuum also has opened new vistas through topical concerts centering on decisive developments in new music. Those who attend Continuum performances over a period of years often talk of the perspective that they have gained on the controversial music of the last hundred years and the music of our time.

*An asterisk indicates a new program.

2009-10

See the CALENDAR.

2008-09

Roberto Sierra*
 
Illuminating Ukraine - Virko Baley & The Avant Garde - Works of Baley*, Valentin Bibik, Leonid Hrabovsky, Alexander Shchetynsky, Valentin Silvestrov
 
China in America - the younger generations of Chinese-born composers in the U.S. - Bun-Ching Lam, Du Yun, Huang Ruo, Jing Jing Luo, Kui Dong, Lei Liang, Wang Jie.

2007-08

Benjamin Yusupov

Galina Ustvolskaya*

The Latin Legacy (Latin American-born composers in the U.S. - Fernando Benadon, Arthur Kampela, Jorge Martín, Ileana Pérez-Velázquez, Ricardo Romaneiro, Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Manuel Sosa, Marcelo Toledo, Sebastián Zubieta)

2006-07

Israel's Music - A New Wave (Recent immigrants from Central Asia and Beyond - Hana Ajiashvili [Georgia], Josef Bardanashvili [Georgia], Valentin Bibik [Ukraine], Uri Brener [Russia], Michael Liebman [Russia], Benjamin Yusupov [Tajikistan])

CONTINUUM at People’s Symphony Concerts (Paul Chihara, Thea Musgrave, Pablo Ortiz, Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Paul Schoenfield, Francis Schwartz, Roberto Sierra, Virgil Thomson)

Tania León

2005-06

Continuum is 40! (Works written for Continuum by Milton Babbitt, Paul Chihara, Robert Erickson, Ursula Mamlok, Pablo Ortiz, Arvo Pärt, Francis Schwartz)

Luigi Dallapiccola*

Betty Olivero

2004-05

Arvo Pärt - recent works*

American Composers - Jewish Music (Aaron Copland, Mario Davidovsky, Miriam Gideon, Osvaldo Golijov, Paul Schoenfield, Francis Schwartz, Roberto Sierra)

Roberto Sierra*

2003-04

Paul Schoenfield

Valentin Bibik and Leonid Hrabovsky

Mario Davidovsky birthday tribute (Davidovsky, Orlando Jacinto García, Tania León, Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Roberto Sierra)

2002-03

Darius Milhaud*

Stefan Wolpe and Ursula Mamlok

Music at the Crossroads (Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)

2001-02

Aaron Copland

Sofia Gubaidulina*

Osvaldo Golijov

Japanese Composers - New Voices

2000-01

Sonic Boom for kids (a children's concert)

Mauricio Kagel

Continuum at 35 (music written for Continuum)

1999-2000

Selected Schwartz -- music-theatrical works by Francis Schwartz, Jon Deak, John Cage, and Joan LaBarbara

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

Roberto Sierra

Ushio Torikai

1998-99

Arvo Pärt*

Leon Kirchner*

Paul Schoenfield

1997-98

Remembering Conlon Nancarrow*

Virko Baley -- 60th Birthday

Viktor Ullmann

1996-97

Chinary Ung

Giacinto Scelsi

Honoring Finland

Homage to Takemitsu

1995-96

Speaking Out! A Continuum Cabaret

Celebrating Continuum at 30

The World of Kobo Abe

1994-95

Pulse Puerto Rican

Giya Kancheli

Takemitsu and Mayuzumi

1993-94

The Caucasus Connection (Music of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia)

Morton Feldman

György Kurtág

1992-93

Latin in America (Latin American composers in the US)

Ruth Crawford Seeger*

György Ligeti

1991-92

Nancarrow complete solo and chamber works

Leonid Hrabovsky

Stefan Wolpe

1990-91

Luciano Berio 65th Birthday

3 Pioneers: Grazyna Bacewicz, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Galina Ustvolskaya

Milton Babbitt 75th Birthday

1989-90

A Portrait of Virgil [Thomson]*

Magyar Muzsika

Henry Cowell*

1988-99

minimal and beyond

Leon Kirchner - 70th Birthday

Sofia Gubaidulina

1987-88

Nicolas [Slonimsky] at 93

John Cage - 75th Birthday

Valentin Silvestrov

1986-87

Luigi Dallapiccola*

Ives the Visionary

The New Ukrainians

1985-86

New from Israel

Continuum is 20!

Nancarrow with Nancarrow

1984-85

Rags and Riffs Reborn

Two at the Frontier: Robert Erickson, Lou Harrison

Mario Davidovsky

1983-84

George Crumb

Arvo Pärt

"Pierrot and His Time"

1982-83

Anton Webern Centennial*

"Pianos With..."

Erik Satie*

1981-82

Alfred Schnittke

Eastward Ho!

America's Composers Encounter the Orient

Stefan Wolpe*

1980-81

USSR: Unveiling the Avant-Garde

Debussy: the Final Years

Roger Sessions

1979-80

Shostakovich - late works*

Rice Bowls, Cans, Tympani, Gongs:

The Percussion Revolution in America

Alban Berg*

1978-79

Virgil Thomson

America's Architects of Musical Space

Béla Bartók - the Late Years*

1977-78

Igor Stravinsky*

50 Years Ago: the NY Avant-Garde in the 1920s

Olivier Messiaen

1976-77

Shostakovich: late works

Leon Kirchner

Henry Cowell*

1975-76

Carl Ruggles

Milton Babbitt

Percy Grainger

1974-75

Ruth Crawford Seeger

Maurice Ravel

Luciano Berio

1973-74

Erik Satie

Aaron Copland

Arnold Schoenberg*

1972-73

Roger Sessions

John Cage

Edgard Varèse

1971-72

Stefan Wolpe*

Scott Joplin

Darius Milhaud

1971

Igor Stravinsky

Paul Hindemith

Elliott Carter

1969-70

Charles Ives

Luigi Dallapiccola

Alban Berg

1968-69

Claude Debussy: Late Works

Henry Cowell

Béla Bartók

1967-68

Stefan Wolpe

Arnold Schoenberg

1966-67

Anton Webern

"A distinguished musical occasion ... performances, big and small, were first class."
--New York Times

"The excellent ensemble Continuum created such a relaxed atmosphere that contact with the audience was established before the first note sounded."
--Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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