Big Ears Festival

Cellist, Oliver Coates, is equally at home performing the music of Shostakovich and of Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. An incredibly versatile musician, Coates will perform two sets at this year's Big Ears Festival. One concert will present some of his favorite classical compositions, while on the other, he will perform two of his own albums, including his newest record, Upstepping, which fuses together elements of techno and classical.

Recently deemed "one of the decade's most gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers" (Pitchfork magazine), Sarah Kirkland Snider's compositions draw from a variety of inspirations: Mozart, Chopin, Arvo Part, and David Lang, to Radiohead and St. Vincent. Sarah's orchestral, chamber, and choral works are critically acclaimed, as are her song cycles, which fuse together her love for both classical and pop/rock influences.

The music of British composer, Gavin Bryars, will be presented at four different concerts at this year's Big Ears Festival. Two of his earliest compositions will be performed: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet and The Sinking of the Titanic. Also being performed is his newest composition, The Fifth Century, which will be presented by the chamber choir, The Crossing, and the Prism saxophone quartet. Additionally, his own ensemble, The Gavin Bryars Ensemble, will be performing for the first time in the United States.

Big Ears Preview Podcast

Mar 21, 2017
Todd Steed

Melony, Todd and Garrett explore the plethora of classical and jazz performances coming this weekend. 

Rachel Grimes Digs Deep

Mar 18, 2017

Composer Rachel Grimes shares the stories and sometimes unpleasant surprises behind her new work, The Way Forth, which she will debut at the Big Ears Festival.  

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