The Present Music Ensemble will perform with Margaret Leng Tan who has established herself as a major force within the American avant-garde. She is a talented and visionary pianist whose work sidesteps perceived boundaries within the usual concert experience. Tan, the first woman to earn a doctorate from Juilliard, actively collaborated with John Cage and is recognized as the pre-eminent interpreter of Cage’s music. Tan is the world’s first professional toy piano virtuoso. She will perform Ge Gan-ru’s Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!, a melodrama for voice self-accompanied by a 17-piece toy orchestra. John Adams' new string quartet,  Erik Griswold's Old McDonald's yellow submarine and Osvaldo Golijov's Last Round will also be performed.

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Eleanor Rigby arranged by Toby Twining
Gymnopedie #3 by Erik Satie
Modern Love Waltz by Philip Glass
Nightmare Rag by Toby Twining
Old MacDonald's Yellow Submarine, Pink Memories

Full Program
John Cage program info
Philip Glass program info
Stephen Montague program info
Erik Griswold program info
Osvaldo Golijov program info
Ge Gan-Ru program info
John Adams program info
John Lennon/Paul McCartney program info
Toby Twining program info
Erik Satie program info


Learn more about Margaret:
Treasures of the New York Public Library Video Collection: Inside the Piano
ABC Radio National feature
Video of Guy Klucevsek’s Sweet Chinoiserie
Video of John Cage’s In the Name of the Holocaust

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Margaret Leng Tan

Margaret Leng Tan is a highly visible, talented and visionary pianist whose work sidesteps perceived artificial boundaries within the usual concert experience and creates a new level of communication with listeners.

Tan was the first woman to earn a Doctorate in Music from Juilliard and debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 1991.

Present Music Ensemble
Zhan Shu, violin
Eric Segnitz, violin
Peter Vickery, violin
Matt Albert, violin
Erin Pipal, viola
Olga Tuzhilkov, viola
Adrien Zitoun, cello
Nicholas Photina, cello
Andrew Raciti, bass