This Sunday, the Australian Chamber Orchestra - reputed to be one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world - makes a rare stateside visit to Zankel Hall with a wide-ranging program including works by Haydn, Mozart and Prokofiev. The highlight, though, is Jonny Greenwood's lastest orchestral work Water, which he wrote for the ACO after Radiohead ended it's tour in Australia last year. Greenwood, who says was inspired by the Philip Larkin poem of the same name, wrote the 20-minute work for an all-acoustic ensemble featuring the tanpura, a traditional Indian stringed instrument. According to The Australian: "The tanpura’s twang adds mysticism to the sinewy mix, with the ACO’s strings finding depth in Greenwood’s soundwashes that few other chamber ensembles could match."
Tickets and additional info on Carnegie's website. An interview with Greenwood and ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti below.