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Bryce Dessner, The Knights, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Wordless Music Orchestra to Perform at Brookfield Place Winter Garden for New Sounds Live October 14-16

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Oct 01, 2014 10:28 PM EDT

Classicalite favorite The National’s Bryce Dessner is back at it again. This time with The Knights, Bang on a Can All-Stars and the world premiere of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells as part of New Sounds Live, a free, three-night series at Brookfield Place Winter Garden from October 14 to 16.

The series is curated by WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck host John Schaefer. He will also introduce each concert and conduct on-stage interviews with the performers.

Kicking off on October 14, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Steel Hammer by composer Julia Wolfe. Steel hummer is Wolfe’s take on the John Henry folk tale about a steel driver who races against a machine. The piece, inspired by Wolfe’s admiration for the legends and music of Appalachia, will feature banjo, bones, mountain dulcimer and a trio of singers as acoustics.

Following on October 15, Bryce Dessner of The National is set to perform his own compositions with Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights. Dessner draws from baroque music to the blues to create his own compositions, which we have celebrated on Classicalite as part of his Big Sur score.

And lastly, on the 16 Wordless Music Orchestra, with lead by guitarist and singer Grey Mcmurray, will world premiere Mike Oldfield’s new arrangement Tubular Bells. Originally composed in 1973, Oldfield's seminal work was part of The Exorcist film soundtrack. However, McMurray recreated this new arrangement for Wordless Music Orchestra to perform.

“In just three nights, this year's New Sounds Live lineup showcases world-renowned new-music pioneers, acclaimed new voices, and works ranging from recent compositions to fresh takes on classics in the genre,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. "Best of all, it’s a chance to enjoy new music's leading lights for free in the spectacular Winter Garden.”

The event is free and takes place at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden.

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