“The hypnotically iridescent colors in a new piece by composer Philip Lasser, that cast the strongest spell.” Philip Kennicott – The Washington Post
Cantori New York will premiere Lasser's "The Elements" for Choir and 2 Cellos.
Saturday November 10th at 8PM and Sunday Nov 11 at 3PM
at the Church of St. Lukes in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street New York City.
For tickets: Cantori New York
Commissioned by Mark Shapiro and Cantori New York, “The Elements” is a poetic tribute to the 100th Anniversary of World War 1 and its Armistice.
With poems by Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings, “The Elements” speaks of the philosophy of human hate, love, faith and their frailty in the face of natural earth.
Makoto Nakura will perform Lasser's "Bach Echoes" A Hybrid Variation set on Bach's A minor Flute Partita BWV 1013 for solo Marimba.
Sunday April 29, 2018 4PM Summit NJ. Commissioned by Makoto Nakura for the Saito Grand Vibraphone, Philip Lasser’s Bach Echoes is a work delving into the inner working of Bach’s magnificent counterpoint and creating a unique work which dialogues with the past and speaks of today.
American Brass Quintet to Premiere Philip Lasser's "Common Heroes-Uncommon Land"
Commissioned by The Juilliard School in honor of the American Brass Quintet’s 30 years of residency at Juilliard, Philip Lasser’s Common Heroes – Uncommon Land is a work celebrating the nobility of the enduring American spirit. Click here for info
Juilliard's Chamberfest to perform Lasser settings of Songs by Debussy and Fauré
In 2016, Philip Lasser was commissioned by Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect (formerly known as Ensemble ACJW) to arrange eight songs of Debussy and Fauré for a private concert under the auspices of the Rothschild Foundation with French opera singer Natalie Dessay in Paris. Now, in January 2018, Juilliard’s prestigious Chamber Music festival, ChamberFest, will perform these songs. Click here for more info
“These settings are like seeing old friends in new clothes,” —Natalie Dessay
“Having been trained in the counterpoint-rich tradition of Nadia Boulanger, Lasser plumbs Germanic depths while managing to distil them on a Gallic surface without seeming superficial.” Ken Smith – Gramophone