Anat Cohen, the Israeli-born clarinet virtuoso, will premier a new concerto, Triple Helix, at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on Jan. 12. The piece, composed by Oded Lev-Ari for Cohen and her Tentet, whose last album was Happy Song, will also have a showing at Chicago’s Symphony Center on Feb. 1. Lev-Ari wrote the piece on a commission from Carnegie Hall and the Symphony Center.
“The concerto wasn’t designed as a feature for Anat as a soloist with just an ensemble backdrop,” Lev-Ari, who will conduct the piece, says in a press release. “I wrote it for her as the leader of an organic, interactive band, the Tentet, and the way they play together live. It’s a three-movement piece—medium tempo, slow, and then fast—and it’s concise in the writing. But I composed the concerto like a tailor leaving a lot of slack in a suit—we can really let it out, if we want to. We could easily double the length of the piece with the improvisations.”