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Iconic BAM Artists

Steve Reich

BAM has presented the music of longtime artistic colleague/composer/performer Steve Reich since 1971, when world premiere performances of Drumming took place at BAM, MoMA, and Town Hall. In 1982, Steve Reich and Musicians performed Vermont Counterpoint,Tehillim,and other works as part of the Next Wave Series (an early program that led to the development of the Next Wave Festival). The U.S.premiere of Reich's The Desert Music-conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas leading the Brooklyn Philharmonic-took place during the 1984 Next Wave Festival. In 1993, Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's The Cavemade its U.S.premiere at BAM's Opera House; Music for 18 Musicians, a Grammy Award-winning composition, and Hindenburgwere performed by the Steve Reich Ensemble at the Next Wave Festival in 1998. In 2002, BAM presented the New York premiere of Reich/Korot's Three Tales-a three-part digital documentary video opera-one part of which was the previously performed Hindenburg.

For many years, Reich's compositions have also been performed at BAM as part of diverse instrumental and dance programming-Reich collaborated with the Laura Dean Dance Company on a 1975 program, and that company, along with Reich, later performed the composer's Impact (later Sextet) at the 1985 Next Wave Festival; the Brooklyn Philharmonic performed "The Music of Steve Reich," conducted by Kent Nagano, at the 1987 Next Wave Festival; a 1999 Brooklyn Philharmonic program entitled "Music & Religion" featured the music of Reich, Stravinsky, and Bach; and the Kronos Quartet played selections from The Caveas part of a 1995 program.

Performance History
Steve Reich at BAM
Dec 11, 1971
Apr 3—6, 1975
Steve Reich and Musicians
Sep 30—Oct 3, 1982
The Desert Music
Oct 25—27, 1984
Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians
Oct 31—Nov 3, 1985
The Music of Steve Reich
Nov 5—8, 1987
The Cave
Oct 13—16, 1993
Hindenburg/Music for 18 Musicians
Oct 15—17, 1998
Different Trains, performed by the Kronos Quartet
Oct 22, 1998
Drumming: Rosas
Oct 16—20, 2001
Three Tales
Oct 16—19, 2002
Nov 12—15, 2003
Steve Reich @ 70
Oct 3—7, 2006
Steve Reich Evening
Oct 22—25, 2008