Mark Morris Dance Group:
Choreographer Mark Morris, hailed as the “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical,” returns to San Diego with Pepperland, a unique tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Pepperland features an original score by Ethan Iverson, interspersing arrangements of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “With a Little Help From My Friends”, “A Day in the Life”, “When I’m Sixty-Four”, “Within You Without You” and “Penny Lane” with six Pepper-inspired original pieces intended especially for Mark Morris’ profound understanding of classical forms: Allegro, Scherzo, Adagio, and the blues.
A live chamber music ensemble of voice, theremin, soprano saxophone, trombone, two keyboards, and percussion will explore and elaborate on Sgt. Pepper’s non-rock and roll influences. This colorful new piece resounds with the ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity for which a Mark Morris work is known.Buy Tickets
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Music and Original songs by The Beatles, arr. by Ethan Iverson*
Original compositions by Ethan Iverson**
Choreography by Mark Morris
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band*
With a Little Help from My Friends*
When I’m Sixty-Four*
Within You Without You*
A Day in the Life*
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band*
Fore information on Peppperland, including program notes and artist bios, visit pepperland.dance.
PRELUDE 7 PM
Jazz pianist and composer Ethan Iverson will talk about The Beatles and the music he created for choreographer Mark Morris’ newest evening-length work, Pepperland.
Mark Morris, choreographer
Mark Morris was born on August 29, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, where he studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson. In the early years of his career, he performed with the companies of Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, Eliot Feld, and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980, and has since created over 150 works for the company. He has created 22 ballets since 1986 and his work has been performed by companies worldwide, including San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His many awards and honors include a 1991 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, eleven honorary doctorates to date, and a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award. He has taught at the University of Washington, Princeton University, and Tanglewood Music Center. In 2015, Mr. Morris was inducted into the Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance. Mr. Morris opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York, in 2001 to provide a home for his company, rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for children and seniors, and a school offering dance classes to students of all ages and abilities.
Mark Morris Dance Group
The Mark Morris Dance Group was formed in 1980 and gave its first performance that year in New York City. The company’s touring schedule steadily expanded to include cities in the United States and around the world. Based in Brooklyn, New York, MMDG appears regularly in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Fairfax, and maintains strong ties to presenters in several cities around the world, most notably Cal Performances in Berkeley, California, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Company has performed at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, regularly performs at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart and White Light Festivals, and collaborates yearly with BAM on performances and master classes. Reflecting Mr. Morris’ commitment to live music, the Dance Group has featured live musicians in every performance since the formation of the MMDG Music Ensemble in 1996, and regularly collaborates with renowned musicians. In 2015, Mr. Morris’ signature work L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato had its national television première on PBS’ Great Performances. While on tour the Dance Group partners with local cultural institutions and community organizations to present arts and humanities-based activities for people of all ages and abilities.
Ethan Iverson, composer, arranger, piano
Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus (TBP), alongside Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” During his 17-year tenure TBP performed at diverse venues such as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring. Mr. Iverson also has been in the critically-acclaimed Billy Hart quartet for over a decade, occasionally performing with an elder statesman like Albert “Tootie” Heath. For almost 15 years Mr. Iverson’s blog Do the Math has been a repository of musician-to-musician interviews and analysis. Time Out New York selected Iverson as one of 25 essential New York jazz icons: “Perhaps NYC’s most thoughtful and passionate student of jazz tradition—the most admirable sort of artist-scholar.” More recently Iverson has been writing about jazz for the New Yorker. In 2017 he co-curated a centennial celebration of Thelonious Monk at Duke University and in 2018 he will be premièring an original piano concerto with the American Composers Orchestra and releasing a duo album with Mark Turner on ECM.