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Dream House Quartet feat. Katia & Marielle Labèque, Bryce Dessner & David Chalmin. Special guests Arooj Aftab & Ash Fure

Dream House Quartet at The Town Hall NYC


The Town Hall NYC
123 W 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036

A Benefit for The Kitchen
Produced by ArKtype

Ticket Types

Premium Ticket  ($65)
Includes an hour-long reception in private room at Town Hall

General Admission Ticket ($40)
Includes admission to concert


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5:00PM - 6:00PM

6:00PM - 7:30PM

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the long version

We're giddy with excitement to share with you the North American debut performance of Dream House Quartet, a classical supergroup made up of Bryce Dessner (Grammy-winning guitarist, composer, and founding member of legendary indie band The National), Katia and Marielle Labèque (two sisters who make up one of the greatest piano duos in history), and acclaimed composer, musician, and producer David Chalmin.

Taking place in the storied Town Hall, nestled amidst the bustle of Times Square, the quartet will perform the North American premiere of the first classical composition by Thom Yorke (frontman of a little-known band called Radiohead), along with world premieres by Bryce Dessner and David Chalmin, and works by Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, and more, plus special performances by luxury-cast musical guests like Arooj Aftab and Ash Fure.

We're offering a small number of tickets - a handful of which include a pre-show food, beer and spirits tasting - to this one-of-a-kind minimalist musical feast, so get 'em before they're gone!

The short version

Some of the greatest names in indie rock and classical music come together for an unforgettable evening of music-making in one of the great old-school New York performance spaces.

The Program

The Music

The Artists

The Performers

Katia and Marielle Labèque

Steinway Artists and sibling pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque are renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age; they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music) and have since developed a stunning career with performances worldwide. They have played with the most prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and more. They have also had the privilege of working with many composers throughout their career, including Louis Andriessen, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, György Ligeti, Nico Muhly and Olivier Messiaen. They’ve played in festivals and renowned venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, BBC Proms, Tanglewood, and Salzburg. Recent highlights include their gala concert with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at Berlin’s Waldbuhne, where an audience of more than 33,000 attended (now available on DVD with EuroArts), and their Vienna Summer Night Concert in Schonbrunn, with a record audience of more than 100,000 attendees (available as a CD and DVD by SONY).

Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner is a vital and rare force in new music. He has won Grammy Awards as a classical composer and with the band The National, of which he is founding member, guitarist, arranger, and co-principal songwriter. He is regularly commissioned to write for the world’s leading ensembles, from Orchestre de Paris to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is a high-profile presence in film score compositions, with credits including The Revenant, for which he was Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated, Fernando Mereilles’s The Two Popes, Mike Mill’s C’mon C’mon and the forthcoming Bardo by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Dessner collaborates with some of today’s most creative and respected artists, including Philip Glass, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Paul Simon, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Sufjan Stevens, Fernando Mereilles, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, Nico Muhly, and Steve Reich, who named Dessner “a major voice of his generation.” Dessner’s orchestrations can be heard on the latest albums of Paul Simon, Bon Iver and Taylor Swift. Also active as a curator, Dessner is regularly requested to program festivals and residencies around the world at venues such as at The Barbican, Philharmonie de Paris, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and is currently the inaugural artist-in-residence in music at Yale University's Schwarzman Center. He is the co-founder and curator of the MusicNOW festivals in Cincinnati, HAVEN in Copenhagen, Sounds from a Safe Harbour and PEOPLE.

David Chalmin

Over the past ten years, David Chalmin has not only assumed an increasing number of roles as a producer, arranger, and sound engineer alongside some of the most respected indie figures worldwide (including The National, Shannon Wright, Richard Reed Parry, Efterklang and many others) but also as a contemporary composer, founding member of Dream House Quartet with Bryce Dessner and Katia & Marielle Labèque and as a mastermind of dense, heady electronica with his album La terre invisible (2019). His current highlights include the Disney Hall premiere of his project Electric Fields in 2022, co-written with Bryce Dessner for Barbara Hannigan and the Labèque sisters with live video by Netia Jones and live electronics performed by Chalmin himself. His other compositions include: a piece for organ constellation premiered at Variations Festival Nantes, a piece for 100 pianos, piano orchestra premiered at paris philharmonie, a ballet star-cross'd lovers for two pianos, a drums electronics and guitar composition created at the Cité de la musique in Paris (recorded for Deutsche Grammophon), and original music for Madonna's short film Her-story filmed by Luigi & Iango.