April 4: Brooklyn’s Interpretations’ 30th Anniversary Special Performance with Thomas Buckner

On Thursday, April 4th, 2019, at 8pm, the sixth concert of the 2018-2019 Interpretations series’ Thirtieth Anniversary Season presents a special performance by founder and artistic director Thomas Buckner, who in turn celebrates his thirtieth annual performance with the series. Held at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, tickets are $20 for adults / $15 for students & seniors, and available on Roulette.org and Interpretations.info.

Photo by Chris Bowen

The baritone Thomas Buckner is joined by pianist ​Joseph Kubera​, percussionist ​William Winant, harpist ​Melanie Genin​, and bassist James Ilgenfritz. This concert​ continues to uphold that tradition of presenting a concert of commissioned pieces, nearly all world premieres, every season.

Buckner will present Roscoe Mitchell​’s voice and piano take of ​e. e. cummings’​ poems “because it’s”, “this”, and “dim”; as well as New York premieres of ​Michael Byron’s Tenderness in Late Afternoon Light, for voice and piano (text by Anne Tardos); as well as French composer ​Christian Dachez​’s Stimmen, for baritone, vibraphone, and harp (text by Rainer Maria Rilke); Steed Cowart’s [where late the sweet] BIRDS SANG, for baritone and percussion (with text by Stephen Ratcliffe); and ​James Ilgenfritz​’s ​A Bell in Every Finger,​ settings of poems by New York poet ​Steve Dalachinsky ​for baritone, piano, percussion, and contrabass, dedicated to ​Muhal Richard Abrams ​and ​Cecil Taylor​. (Harpist Melanie Genin will also perform Dachez’s Vers toi les etoiles for solo harp.)

For more information, please visit interpretations.info.

About Interpretations: 

“When we started, this was a real need, especially for the more experimental new music,” says Founder and Artistic Director Thomas Buckner. “Now we are experiencing a blossoming of new music groups and solo performers, which makes the series necessary in a new way. There are so many exceptional composers and performers who need a great place to perform.”

The Interpretations series, now in its thirtieth season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. 

For its 30th Anniversary, Interpretations has assembled an eclectic line-up of innovative composers and their interpreters, representing a wide variety of approaches to music making. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers.


Thursday, May 2, 2019: Annie Gosfield (with Harris, Chow, Kleier, and Courvoisier); Edmund Camplon (with Marilyn Nonken, Manuel Laufer, and others)

Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris); The String Trio of New York (featuring James Emery, Toni Marino, Rob Thomas)