The first-ever full-length portrait concert of Judd Greenstein’s music, entitled City Boy: Music of Judd Greestein, took place at Music Mondays on February 15, thanks in part to a project grant from New Music USA. Two star new-music ensembles, Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth (“superb,” N Y Times). and the NOW Ensemble (“deft,” New Yorker), joined forces to present the New York Premiere of Greenstein’s Nothing New, composed specifically for these ensembles.
Here’s a video of Nothing New performed by the NOW Ensemble and Roomful of Teeth during the concert.
The Claremont Trio performed the New York premiere of A Serious Man, which the trio had commissioned. We screened Joshua Frankel’s film, “Plan of the City,” set to Greenstein’s piece Change, performed live by the NOW Ensemble. And we were privileged to hear a piece from Judd’s eagerly awaited opera, A Marvelous Order. Dashon Burton, bass-baritone, who performs with Roomful of Teeth, sang “The World Wants Us to Love It.” The NOW Ensemble accompanied him, to great applause.
Judd was actively involved in preparing the performances. Music Mondays Artistic Director Aaron Wunsch interviewed Judd several times during the course of the program. Judd gave background for his compositions and spoke about his work, his life in the city, and his style. This clearly helped increase the impact of the music.
Despite the snowy weather, we had a large audience. Our audience is diverse in age, socio-economic background, and familiarity with new music. This portrait concert continued our tradition of introducing new music in a friendly and accessible way.