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April 20 concert features Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche
Photo credit: Zoran Orlic

(ST. LOUIS)—The STL Symphony, in partnership with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, is pleased to announce a special Wednesday, April 20 performance of Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams’ Ilimaq by percussionist Glenn Kotche, most widely known for his work with the critically-acclaimed rock band Wilco.

Ilimaq, or “spirit journey” in the native Alaskan language Inupiaq, is a 50-minute work of percussion with live electronics, which The New York Times calls, “music that refuses to be pegged.” Composed in collaboration and originally premiered by Kotche in 2012, Ilimaq was released in October 2015 on Cantaloupe Music to The Guardian proclaiming it, “a work of great power and often surprising, stark beauty.”

Started in 2002, The Pulitzer Concert Series is an on-going collaboration that pairs contemporary classical works, carefully selected by STL Symphony Music Director David Robertson, to complement current exhibitions on view in the Pulitzer galleries.

On view for the April 20 concert will be Ellipsis, a group exhibition which invites visitors to listen, look, touch, taste, and pause—celebrating the senses and embracing a range of individual and collective experiences. Through six distinct installations spanning six galleries, Ellipsis encompasses a variety of mediums, time periods, and disciplines,  with works by artists Janet Cardiff, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roman Ondák, and Odilon Redon; poets Thylias Moss and Claudia Rankine—with a specially commissioned video poem by Ms. Rankine, created in collaboration with filmmaker John Lucas—and essayist John Bresland. Ellipsis has been organized by the Pulitzer, and is on view from April 15 through July 2, 2016.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm

Ilimaq          50’

Movement listing:


Under the Ice

The Sunken Gamelan

Untune the Sky



Next Pulitzer Series Concert
Wed, May 11, 2016 at 7:30pm

About Glenn Kotche
Since 2001, Kotche has been the rhythmic anchor in Wilco, one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet. His first studio outing with the Chicago- based band was the breakthrough Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and has continued over the course of five albums, including the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born and the critically acclaimed The Whole Love. He has appeared on more than 80 recordings by artists as diverse as Andrew Bird, Edith Frost, Neil Finn and Radiohead’s Phil Selway, and he’s a founding member of two other bands—Loose Fur, with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and longtime collaborator Jim O’Rourke, and On Fillmore, with upright bassist Darin Gray. He has also written music for classical and post-classical ensembles like Kronos Quartet, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, So Percussion, eighth blackbird and many more.

About STL Symphony
Founded in 1880 and now in its 136th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts and hundreds of free education and community programs each year.  Media partners include St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 –KWMU, which broadcasts the Symphony’s Saturday night subscription concerts live, and The Nine Network, which features STL Symphony performances on its Night at the Symphony program.

About Pulitzer Arts Foundation
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts provides an intimate space for exploring the arts, fosters community engagement, and inspires its audiences to think differently about art and its relationship to their lives. Founded in 2001 as a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, the Pulitzer is dedicated to utilizing its Tadao Ando-designed building to create multilayered, sensory experiences that link the visual arts with other cultural forms and heighten audience understanding and enjoyment. Its diverse public programming and extended exhibition presentations stimulate deeper public engagement and have made the institution an integral part of the Grand Center arts district and cultural landscape in St. Louis. The Pulitzer is open and free to the public Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 314-754-1850.

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