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2012 Event Media Release - Planetarium

Monday April 16, 2012

Sydney Opera House today announced that due to popular demand, a third and final concert of Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium has been added for Vivid LIVE on Tuesday 29 May.

In an exceptional collaboration, Dessner, Muhly and Stevens, three of the most defining creative minds of New York’s current music scene, have worked together in a three way commission between Sydney Opera House, Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven and Barbican, London.

The first performances in April at The Netherland’s Muziekgebouw and London’s Barbican centre, were sold out and described as “heavenly” by The Guardian.

Each artist has established themselves as a forerunner in their respective field: Bryce Dessner has consistently delivered stellar performances as guitarist in indie rock band The National, Nico Muhly has developed into an international star of contemporary composition with his score for The Reader and the opera Two Boys, set for The Metropolitan Opera’s 2013/2014 season, and Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz tour confirmed his status as an ambitious live force.

Bryce Dessner is a composer/guitarist/curator based in New York City, best known as the guitarist for the acclaimed rock band The National. Dessner has also received widespread acclaim as a composer and guitarist for the improvising new music quartet, Clogs and has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s most creative musicians including songwriters Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, and Antony Hegarty, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, composers Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly and Michael Gordon, the contemporary ensembles, Kronos Quartet and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and visual artist Matthew Ritchie. In 2012, Bryce and his brother Aaron brought The Long Count to Barbican in London for its UK debut and are currently creating the score for the film “Big Sur”. Dessner is also the creator and artistic director of the acclaimed MusicNO W Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, which will present its seventh season in March 2012.

Nico Muhly is a New York-based composer. A former boy chorister, he has composed extensively for choir, including commissions from the Clare College Choir and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. His orchestral works have been premiered by the American Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra (Seeing is Believing), the Boston Pops (Wish You Were Here), the New York Philharmonic (Detailed Instructions) and the Chicago Symphony (Step Team). Film credits include Muhly’s scores for Joshua (2007), and The Reader (2008). He has also lent his skills as performer, arranger and conductor to other musicians, including Antony and the Johnsons (The Crying Light), Bjork (Medulla, Drawing Restraint 9, Volta), Bonnie Prince Billy (The Letting Go), Doveman (The Conformist), Grizzly Bear (Veckatimest), and Jonsi from Sigur Ros (Go).

Sufjan Stevens is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Acclaimed by Pitchfork as a “literary indie-pop god”, he mixes autobiography, religious fantasy, and history to create folk songs of grand proportions. His recordings cross a broad musical styles from the symphonic instrumentation of Michigan (2003) & Illinois (2005), to an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac, Enjoy Your Rabbit (2001) a fivedisc Christmas box set Songs for Christmas and The BQE, a multi-media performance and recording inspired by The Brooklyn- Queens Expressway and the Hula Hoop. Stevens last played Sydney Opera House in 2011 as part of the Sydney Festival in a performance that was hailed by many as the concert of the year.

28, 29, and 30 May 2012
Time: 9.00pm
Venue: Concert Hall
Tickets: From $59
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or
Helene Fox – Publicity Manager, Sydney Opera House / 02 9250 7805 / 0401 711 764

Natasha Bowron – Publicist,Vivid LIVE 02 9250 7822 / 0401 206 657


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