Boosey & Hawkes composers feature in the major music festivals taking place around the country throughout the summer months. Below is a list of major performances, premieres, and residency highlights.
Highland Park, Illinois, June 3–September 17
John Adams’s Chamber Symphony is performed by The Knights on August 17, while Christina and Michelle Naughton—piano duo champions of Adams work—take on Roll Over Beethoven and Hallelujah Junction on August 24.
Chelsea Music Festival
New York, New York, June 9–17
Sebastian Currier is the 2017 composer-in-residence at Chelsea Music Festival, which brings together leading international artists and musicians in a cross-sectional celebration of the performing, culinary and visual arts. Currier, who has earned particular acclaim for his writing for strings, has several of his chamber works presented throughout the course of the festival: Clockwork (1989) for violin and piano, Next Atlantis (2008) for string quartet, and Quiet Time (2004) for string quartet. The Verona Quartet, the festival’s ensemble-in-residence, performs the world premiere of two new string quartets on Friday, June 16—Etude 2: Interactions and Lullaby 1: Pulsing.
Bravo! Vail Music Festival
Vail, Colorado, June 22–August 4
This year’s Bravo! Vail Festival opens its season on June 22 with the world premiere of Edgar Meyer’s Overture for Violin and Orchestra, performed by violinist Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
On August 3, the festival also presents Steve Reich’s classic Triple Quartet, performed by Aeolus Quartet, Calder Quartet, and Lyris Quartet.
Aspen Music Festival and School
Aspen, Colorado, June 29–August 20
On July 19, Anna Clyne’s The Seamstress is performed by the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor George Manahan, and violinist Jennifer Koh, who gave the world premiere of the work in 2015.
Christopher Rouse’s Fifth Symphony, which premiered in February with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, receives its second performance on August 6 at the Aspen Music Festival, which co-commissioned the work alongside the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony. Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Aspen Festival Orchestra for this performance.
Additionally, Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet is performed by the festival’s Percussion Ensemble on August 7, and Steven Mackey’s Urban Ocean for orchestra is performed on August 16, conducted by Hugh Wolff.
Tanglewood Music Festival
Lenox, Massachusetts, June 16–September 3
Mark-Anthony Turnage has three works featured at the Tanglewood Music Festival: On July 10, From the Wreckage for trumpet and orchestra and Dispelling the Fears for two trumpets and orchestra are both performed by the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, with trumpet soloists Håkan Hardenberger and Thomas Rolfs. On July 20, his recent string quartet Shroud is performed by the Emerson String Quartet. The quartet has been performing the work on an international tour as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations.
The festival, with its deep ties to Leonard Bernstein, presents the composer’s Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Gustavo Gimeno.
On July 29, the Boston Symphony and Charles Dutoit perform Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, a recently rediscovered early orchestral piece that was written to commemorate the death of the composer’s teacher Rimsky-Korsakov. Dutoit gave the US premiere of the work in Chicago on April 6.
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Santa Cruz, California, July 30–August 12
On August 5, David T. Little’s The Conjured Life receives its world premiere at this revered contemporary music festival, conducted by Cristian Macelaru during his debut season as music director. A 16-minute work for orchestra, The Conjured Life was commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival to commemorate the centenary of the great composer and Cabrillo Festival paragon, Lou Harrison.
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