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Grand Band
Grand Band will play at Peak Performances. COURTESY PEAK PERFORMANCES

On Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Peak Performances presents Grand Band: Piano Evolution, described in a release as “an ambitious program of landmark contemporary works,”, featuring a circle of six pianos. 

 Erika Dohi, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell will perform compositions by Julius Eastman, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, and Julia Wolfe, with the world premiere of Joshua Frankel’s animated film “Emergent System,” made in collaboration with choreographer Faye Driscoll. 

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Grand Band, organizers write, is the only professional piano sextet in the United States. The ensemble has been described by The New York Times as “a kind of new-music supergroup” and “the Traveling Wilburys of the city’s new-music piano scene.” 

A First Impressions talk with Frankel, Mazzoli, and O’Connell will take place following the Saturday performance. 

Performances will be at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave. For tickets and information, call 973-655-5112 or visit peakperfs.org.