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AMOC returns, after last summer’s campus-wide extravaganza, to the Clark Art Institute for another afternoon of epic performances across the museum’s bucolic grounds. Performances will feature violinists MIRANDA CUCKSON and KEIR GOGWILT, percussionist JONNY ALLEN, cellist COLEMAN ITZKOFF, dancer/choreographer JULIA EICHTEN, composer/pianist MATTHEW AUCOIN, countertenor ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, and director/dancer ZACK WINOKUR


A Starling Recital, featuring violinist Keir GoGwilt and guest double bassist Kyle Motl

A Starling Recital features violinist Keir GoGwilt and guest double bassist Kyle Motl in an array of baroque, folk, and improvised music, variously composed, transcribed, ornamented, and re-composed by Johann Paul von Westhoff, Dick Gaughan, Motl, and GoGwilt. Authorship is distributed not only between people, centuries, and traditions, but also between disciplines. A running theme of the recital is Christopher GoGwilt’s ‘starling’ poetry form – a template of 27 words that lends itself to musical iteration and re-iteration. To date, hundreds, if not thousands of starlings have taken flight – this recital presents the most recent integration of this poetic form in a musical context.

Johann Paul von Westhoff / Partita in d minor

i. Allemande
ii. Courante
iii. Sarabande
iv. Gigue

With starling poems by Christopher GoGwilt

 Keir GoGwilt & Celeste Oram / Transcriptions of Craigie Hill

With starling poems by Keir GoGwilt

 Kyle Motl & Keir GoGwilt/Treesearch / Excerpts from Know More Knowledge


AMOC artists animate the Ando Terrace and Clark landscape with a vast sound and movement journey, from Henry Purcell’s ethereal Dido’s Lament to the visceral and spatialized music of Iannis Xenakis and Tom Johnson. This hour-long extravaganza features violinist Miranda Cuckson, cellist Coleman Itzkoff, percussionist Jonny Allen, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and dancers/choreographers Julia Eichten and Zack Winokur.

Iannis Xenakis / Rebonds B

Jonny Allen, percussion

Iannis Xenakis / Mikka S

Miranda Cuckson, violin

 Andy Akiho / 21

Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Jonny Allen, percussion

 Tom Johnson / Nine Bells: First Bell

Jonny Allen, percussion

 Bobbi Jene Smith / Whip-poor-will

Julia Eichten, dancer

 Tom Johnson / Nine Bells: Second Bell

Jonny Allen, percussion

 Henry Purcell / “Dido’s Lament” from Dido and Aeneas

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Zack Winokur, dancer & choreographer


AMOC’s marathon of performances concludes with an intimate concert that exists at the edge of silence. On this August afternoon, come in from the heat into the cool oasis of The Clark’s auditorium for an hour of reflective and mysterious music. The program will include AMOC artists performing music by Monteverdi, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Matthew Aucoin, among others.

Frederic Rzewski / Excerpt from To the Earth

Jonny Allen, percussion

Jörg Widmann / Selections from 24 Duos for Violin and Cello

Miranda Cuckson, violin
Coleman Itzkoff, cello

Brett Dean / Intimate Decisions

Coleman Itzkoff, cello

Matthew Aucoin / This Earth

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Matthew Aucoin, piano

Salvatore Sciarrino / Caprices Nos. 2 & 6

Miranda Cuckson, violin

Kyle Motl & Keir GoGwilt / Treesearch / Excerpts from Know More Knowledge

Keir GoGwilt, violin
Kyle Motl, double bass

Georges Aperghis / Requiem furtif

Miranda Cuckson, violin
Jonny Allen, percussion

Claudio Monteverdi / “Oblivion soave” from L'incoronazione di Poppea

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Matthew Aucoin, piano


JONNY ALLEN is a Brooklyn-based percussionist whose passion for music is contagious. Described by the Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jaw-dropping virtuosity,” he has won prizes at both the International Chamber Music Competition and the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg, giving performances at Carnegie Hall and Schloss Hoch in Flachau, Austria, respectively. Jonny has also performed as a drum set soloist with Ghana's National Symphony Orchestra at the National Theatre in Accra. He performs across the United States and internationally with his percussion quartet, Sandbox, and his jazz trio, Triplepoint, and is the percussion director at Choate Rosemary Hall. Jonny is sponsored by Remo Drumheads and by the stick and mallet company Vic Firth. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he performed with the world-class Yale Percussion Group.

MATTHEW AUCOIN is an American composer and conductor. He is both Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Opera and co-artistic director of the newly-formed American Modern Opera Company. Aucoin’s next opera, Eurydice, a collaboration with the playwright Sarah Ruhl, has been co-commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera’s new works program and Los Angeles Opera, where it will have its premiere in 2020. His orchestral and chamber music has been commissioned and performed by such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra, the Brentano Quartet, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Chanticleer. Aucoin’s operas include Crossing (2015), commissioned by the American Repertory Theater and subsequently performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Los Angeles Opera; and Second Nature (2015), a chamber opera for the young, commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

MIRANDA CUCKSON is an American violinist and violist who delights audiences with her expressive playing of a large range of music, from the newest creations to music of older eras. She has in recent years been deeply and widely involved in contemporary music. Active internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, she is passionate about the creative role of the performer/interpreter in the artistic process and in communicating the music. Downbeat magazine said “violinist Miranda Cuckson reaffirms her standing as one of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music.”

JULIA EICHTEN grew up dancing in Minnesota. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School under the directorship of Lawrence Rhodes. Upon graduation Julia received the Hector Zaraspe award in recognition of her choreography. She has shown her work around New York City, at venues ranging from, The Le Poisson Rouge to Dumbo Dance Festival and Dance Theater of Harlem, as well as choreographic residency at The Yard, in Martha’s Vineyard in 2011. She has performed professionally with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, as well as Aszure Barton & Artists. Julia is a founding member of L.A. Dance Project and she has had the pleasure to perform around the world, works by Benjamin Millepied, Merce Cunningham, Justin Peck, Martha Graham, Danielle Agami, Emanuel Gat, Sidi Larbi, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. In the spring of 2015, Julia had a world premiere of her piece, O'de, in collaboration with L.A. Dance Project and Lil Buck at the Palace of Versailles.

KEIR GOGWILT is a violinist, scholar, and poet, whose work spans a range of genres and disciplines. He is at home in collaborative, often interdisciplinary work, in which creative labor is shared and recognized. He has been described as a "formidable performer" (New York Times) noted for his "evocative sound" (London Jazz News) and "finger-busting virtuosity" (San Diego Union Tribune). He has soloed with groups including the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Chinese National Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia, and the La Jolla Symphony.

COLEMAN ITZKOFF is a concert cellist currently based in New York. Hailed by Alex Ross and The New Yorker for his “flawless technique and keen musicality,” cellist Coleman enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He has been an Artist-in-Residence on “Performance Today” and has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras across the nation including the Cincinnati, San Diego, and Houston symphonies. Coleman’s major mentors have been Eric Kim, Desmond Hoebig, and Ralph Kirshbaum, and he holds a BM from Rice University and an MM from the University of a Southern California. Coleman plays a 1730 Gennaro Gagliano, generously loaned to him by the Amatius Foundation of Austin, Texas.

KYLE MOTL (guest artist) is a bassist, composer, and improviser dedicated to the performance of creative music. He is active in a number of ensembles across the field of creative and improvised music, including Sibarg Ensemble (improvisation at the intersection of jazz and classical Persian music), Peter Kuhn Trio, Abbey Rader Trio and Quartet, Kyle Motl Trio, and Treesearch with Keir GoGwilt. His trio record with Kjell Nordeson and Tobin Chodos, Panjandrums, appeared on Best-of-2017 lists on the Free Jazz Blog and Perfect Sound Forever. He maintains regular duo projects with Keir GoGwilt, Drew Ceccato, TJ Borden, and Tommy Babin. Kyle has performed and recorded alongside artists including Anthony Davis, Kidd Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Roscoe Mitchell, and Wadada Leo Smith, among others. Kyle holds a BM from Florida Atlantic University and an MM from Florida International University. He holds a DMA from UC San Diego, where he studied bass with Mark Dresser and composition with Anthony Davis.

ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. His debut album, ARC, on Decca Gold was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award, and he is Musical America’s 2019 vocalist of the year. Costanzo, a countertenor, has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Dallas Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Spoleto Festival USA, Glimmerglass Festival and Finnish National Opera. In concert he has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed at a wide-ranging variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, Versailles, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Minamiza Kyoto, Joe’s Pub, The Guggenheim, The Park Avenue Armory, and Madison Square Garden.

ZACK WINOKUR is a stage director, choreographer, and dancer recognized as one of the most innovative and exciting talents working in opera today, with work described as “pure poetry” (The Boston Globe). Highlights of this season include a fully staged production of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde – the centerpiece of Santa Fe Opera’s 2020 season – under the baton of James Gaffigan. His 2018-19 season included his “rich, seamless” (The New York Times) production of The Black Clown, an adaptation of the Langston Hughes poem starring Davóne Tines with music by Michael Schachter, at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and the American Repertory Theater; his “darkly captivating” (The New York Times) production of Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine, with music by Tyshawn Sorey, text by Claudia Rankine, and starring Julia Bullock on the grand staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with the Nederlandse Reisopera in collaboration with design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero and visual artist Cynthia Talmadge; a new production of Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón starring Davóne Tines, also at the Met Museum; and a new piece for the Los Angeles Dance Project at the Luma Foundation in Arles, France. 

Earlier Event: July 26