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Devendra Banhart, k.d. lang, Caetano Veloso, Chris Thile & more played “A Nonesuch Celebration” @ BAM (pics)

Bob Hurwitz served as president of Nonesuch for 32 years, beginning in September 1984 when it was a classical label and home of the legendary Explorer series. As head of the label, he redefined its role in contemporary classical music and modern composition by expanding its mission in world music, and began recording and releasing artists from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz, musical theater, folk, bluegrass, and rock.

BAM paid tribute to Bob Hurwitz — who ran innovative label Nonesuch (“The Label Without Labels”) from 1984 to 2014 — on Saturday, April 4 at a concert dubbed “A Nonesuch Celebration.” The night featured performances by many of the artists signed to Nonesuch over the years, including Kronos Quartet, k.d. lang, Natalie Merchant, Stephin Merritt, Pat Metheny, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Thile, Thomas Barlett, Dawn Upshaw, and Caetano Veloso.

The centerpiece of the evening was the world premiere of piano music written expressly for Hurwitz by Nonesuch artists he worked with for many years: John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Timo Andres, Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, Philip Glass, Adam Guettel, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Nico Muhly, Randy Newman, and Steve Reich.

Pictures from the evening, including one of the program/setlist, are in the gallery above.

photos by P Squared

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