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Harmonium Mountain Clifford Ross and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Oneida and Lee Ranaldo open the show at 8:15pm

The artist Clifford Ross teams up with NYC-based chamber ensemble Orchestra of St. Luke’s to bring us a massive, site-specific, multi-screen installation with a varied and transportive suite of live music. Ross, whose work evokes “profound vitality and pleasure,” (Art in America) has gained notoriety for his ambitious, large-scale endeavors and technological innovations, such as his MASS MoCA exhibition Landscape Seen & Imagined. While developing the piece Harmonium Mountain, he worked with animators to enhance a single high-resolution photograph of a landscape with 3D computer-generated elements.

St. Luke’s is an ensemble marked by “roving curiosity” and “stylistic flexibility,” (The New York Times) and a linchpin of the New York chamber music scene. Equally at home interpreting newly commissioned works and the central European canon, they are fast-rising musical omnivores with a knack for unconventional programming. To accompany Harmonium Mountain, Ross and St. Luke’s have devised a program featuring works by Antonio Vivaldi, Steve Reich, John Adams, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and Wojciech Kilar, including excerpts from Vivaldi’s celebrated “The Four Seasons” and Adams’ “Shaker Loops.”

Brooklyn-based band Oneida and special guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth perform live amidst the enveloping 12-screen video installation that transforms Courtyard D into a twisting world of color and light.

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