APRIL 30 – MAY 1, 2016

The Swiss-American composer Daniel Schnyder is a master of stylistic fusion; his influences range from Bach and the demonic Schubert to Kurt Weill and Duke Ellington. He is most recently the composer of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, premiered by Opera Philadelphia and acclaimed in the New York Times (“a pulsing, jazz-infused score”) and Philadelphia Inquirer (“a great piece”) en route to this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival.

PCE premieres Schnyder’s Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra
with the peerless pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-fen.

Photo Credit: Noah Stern Weber

Photo Credit: Noah Stern Weber

“A pipa player like no other” – The New York Times

Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm
The National Gallery of Art West Garden Court

Min Xiao-fen, pipa
David Taylor, bass trombone
Daniel Schnyder, saxophone
Matt Herskowitz, piano
PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez


Schnyder: Alladin: Tales from Another Time (2002)
Schnyder: Worlds Beyond (1999)
Schnyder: Blues for Schubert (1999)

Schnyder/Kurt Weill: Zuhaelterballade from Threepenny Opera
Schnyder/Gershwin: The Half of it Deary Blues

Schnyder: Trio for soprano saxophone, bass trombone, and piano (1996)

Schnyder/Robert Stolz: Zwei Herzen im Dreivierteltakt
Schnyder/Gershwin: Let Them Eat Cake

Schnyder/Beethoven: Around the World (seid umschlungen Millionen)  — American premiere (2006)



Min Xiao-fen: Adaptations of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, etc. for solo pipa

Schnyder: Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra (2016) world premiere performance; PCE commission


Related event:
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

The National Gallery of Art Film Auditorium

Murnau’s silent film classic Faust (1926), with Daniel Schnyder’s soundtrack performed live by Schnyder, David Taylor, and Matt Herskowitz

All National Gallery of Art events are free of charge.

Special support for PCE’s Schnyderfest events comes from a grant awarded by ProHelvetia: