BAM Affiliation BAM has presented the music of longtime artistic colleague/composer/performer Steve Reich since 1971, when world premiere performances of Drumming took place at BAM, MoMA, and Town Hall. In 1982, Steve Reich and Musicians performed Vermont Counterpoint, Tehillim, and other works as part of the Next Wave Series. The U.S. premiere of Reich's The Desert Music (conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas leading the Brooklyn Philharmonic) took place during the 1984 Next Wave Festival. In 1993, Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's The Cave made its U.S. premiere at BAM's Opera House. Music for 18 Musicians, a Grammy Award-winning composition, and Hindenburg were performed by the Steve Reich Ensemble at the Next Wave Festival in 1998. In 2002, BAM presented the New York premiere of Reich/Korot's Three Tales, a three-part digital documentary video opera. In 2006, BAM celebrated Reich’s 70th birthday — and his 35 year relationship with BAM — during the 2006 Next Wave Festival with Steve Reich @ 70. Eight years later, Reich shared the stage with Philip Glass in celebration of their collective legacy during the Next Wave Festival 2014 with The Philip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich and Musicians.
For many years, Reich's compositions have also been performed at BAM as part of diverse instrumental and dance programming. Reich collaborated with the Laura Dean Dance Company on a 1975 program, and that company, along with Reich, later performed the composer's Impact (later renamed Sextet) at the 1985 Next Wave Festival; the Brooklyn Philharmonic performed "The Music of Steve Reich," conducted by Kent Nagano, at the 1987 Next Wave Festival; a 1999 Brooklyn Philharmonic program entitled "Music & Religion" featured the music of Reich, Stravinsky, and Bach; and the Kronos Quartet played selections from The Cave as part of a 1995 program. Most recently, Reich contributed to in A Nonesuch Celebration, an evening of tribute to Bob Hurwitz, president of Nonesuch Records.
Works performed at BAM Three Tales, Drumming, Music for 18 Musicians, Octet, Clapping Music, Sextet, Three Movements, Electric Counterpoint, The Four Sections, Variations for Vibes, Pianos And Strings, The Cave, Variations For Winds, Strings, And Keyboards, Tehillim, Vermont Counterpoint, Hindenburg, Marimba Phase, Eight Lines, Four Organs, Piano Phase, Pendulum Music, The Desert Music, Falling Angels, Cascade, Bilingua, Different Trains, Radio Rewrite, WTC 9/11