We know you are dying to hear another version of Thelonious Monk’s undying “‘Round Midnight.” That’s just the way jazz fans are and will be. How about twenty new versions-or let’s call them variations-on the tune? That’s just what Italian new-music pianist Emanuele Arciuli will present Nov. 14 at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre in New York City. Arciuli commissioned some of today’s leading composers to write variations on Monk’s most famous standard and he’ll premiere them all that night, ’round 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling (212) 854-7799 (student tickets are $12 at the box office only, with a valid ID). The pieces and composers:
“…Waiting for Monk” with variations by Eric Reed, Uri Caine, Alberto Barbero, Fred Hersch and Aaron Jay Kernis
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (A Little Midnight Music): Ruminations on a Tune
of Thelonious Monk, by George Crumb
“‘Round Midnight Variations” with variations by Matthew Quayle, Frederic Rzewski, Milton Babbitt, Roberto Andreoni, Augusta Read Thomas, Filippo Del Corno, Michael Torke, Carlo
Boccadoro, John Harbison, David Crumb, Michael Daugherty, William Bolcom,
Gerald Levinson and Joel Hoffman