Guest: Paul Haas
Interlocutor: Anne Patterson
According to The New York Times, composer, conductor, and installation artist Paul Haas “is surely on the brink of a noteworthy career.” Time Out New York calls him a “visionary.” The world premiere of his 80-minute concert event ARCO took place on the opening night of the Park Avenue Armory’s Tune-In Music Festival, ranked by New York’s WQXR as The Top New Music Event of 2011. Haas is the founder and Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed Sympho, a groundbreaking orchestra that engages audiences by placing classical music in new contexts. He has been commissioned an unprecedented two times by the Oliver Ranch Foundation to create immersive, site-specific concert experiences for Ann Hamilton’s Tower in Geyserville, the first premiering in June, 2012. Paul Haas attended the Cathedral School for Boys, and was a chorister in the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys from 1980 – 1984, under the direction of John Fenstermaker.
Anne Patterson is Grace Cathedral's 2013 Artist in Residence. Anne is an installation artist, and one of the leading designers working in American theater and music today. Anne was trained at Yale and London's Slade School of Art. Her work engages audiences through a synthesis of art and music, light and sound, space and self. She will create a number of works throughout the year, in conjunction with the 100 Years of Music at Grace Cathedral celebration.