Monochromatic Light (Afterlife)

“[Tyshawn Sorey] was the composer of the year…an artist at the nexus of the music industry’s artistic and social concerns.”
The New York Times

“[Tyshawn Sorey] is an extraordinary talent who can see across the entire musical landscape.”
The New Yorker

“Director Peter Sellars…has become a landmark in visionary programming.”
The Boston Globe

For nine performances, MacArthur “Genius,” multi-instrument virtuoso and genre-defying composer Tyshawn Sorey offers a new musical commission inspired by Houston’s iconic Rothko Chapel and by the work written by Morton Feldman as a tribute to it. Sorey often cites Feldman as an influence on his development as a composer and as his model for reconciling abstraction and collective memory, formal beauty, and ancestral trauma. Sorey’s work also resonates with the minimalism of the Chapel’s 14 black paintings and its symbolism as a non-denominational spiritual space dedicated to the pursuit of human rights. Using the same instrumentation as Feldman—viola, percussion, celesta, and choir—Sorey will amplify the mission of the Chapel to give audiences a different perspective on time, space, and movement in their lives. For the Armory performances, Sorey has selected Director Peter Sellars to realize a staged work of the composition designed specifically for the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Sellars also directed the St. Matthew Passion at the Armory in 2014 that  The New York Times called “revelatory.”

Artist Talk: Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) with Tyshawn Sorey and Peter Sellars
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory, DaCamera, and Rothko Chapel in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rothko Chapel

Composer, Conductor, Tyshawn Sorey
Director, Peter Sellars
Viola, Kim Kashkashian
Percussion, Steven Schick
Piano/Celesta, Sarah Rothenberg


Photo: John Rogers

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September 27–October 8, 2022

Monday–Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Tickets start at $55 (plus fees)

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