Gidon Kremer and After Bach
If you haven’t yet had your Schnittke, Tickmayer or Gubaidulina experience, you’ve got the rare chance to hear those composers by the guy who introduced them to the West: Gidon Kremer. The fiery Latvian-born violin virtuoso has devoted himself to bringing new, rare and unusual works to audiences around the world. Alfred Schnittke, considered the successor to Shostakovich, was the master of “polystylism,” a fascinating musical form that alludes to the works of other times and styles while retaining a 20th-century sensibility. Tatar Republic native Sofia Gubaidulina’s compositions, heavily influenced by rare Russian and Asian folk and ritual instruments, are known for their mystical leanings. Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer, a former student of Louis Andriessen, is best known these days as the main musical force behind the ultracomplex band Science Group. Kremer performs works by these three pioneers, as well as pieces by Bach, Bartók and Piazzolla, with Lithuanian pianist Andrius Zlabys and Ukrainian percussionist Andrei Pushkarev, in a program that might be jarring, but never boring. Royce Hall, UCLA, Wstwd.; Sun., Nov. 19, 7 p.m.; $28-$50. (310) 825-2101 or www.UCLALive.org.
—Mary Beth Crain