2013/14 Highlights from Boosey & Hawkes New York(August 2013)
Michel van der Aa
Michel van der Aa has quickly become one of the most sought-after composers on the circuit today. This October, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival dedicates an entire evening to the Dutch composer, programming his Grawemeyer Award-winning work Up-close (the US premiere), featuring cellist Kaori Yamagami and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble also perform the composer’s Memo, Oog, and Transit. Up-close will also be performed by cellist Johannes Moser and the LA Phil New Music Group in January.
This season, John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto will receive its world premiere by the Sydney Symphony with soloist Tim McAllister; additionally, the Baltimore and St. Louis symphonies give US performances. The São Paulo Symphony performs the work later in 2014 as part of a seven-city tour of Brazil. Slonimsky’s Earbox and Absolute Jest will receive their first Canadian performances in March with the Toronto Symphony. Also in March, Long Beach Opera presents The Death of Klinghoffer.
2014 marks Louis Andriessen’s 75th birthday and several institutions have joined together to celebrate. The week-long, Washington, DC-based Andriessen 75 festival (April 6–13, 2014) includes performances by the Great Noise Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Aeolus Quartet, EDGE Ensemble, violinist Monica Germino, and others at the National Gallery of Art, Atlas Performing Arts Center, and Shenandoah Conservatory, among other locations. Also in April, the Los Angeles Philharmonic gives the US West Coast premiere of De Materie.
The premiere of the revised version of Dominick Argento’s The Dream of Valentino will be produced by the Minnesota Opera in March, part of the company’s New Works Initiative. Germany’s Staatstheater Braunschweig also premieres a new production of The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe in a series of performances from November to March.
In June, the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial will feature the New York premiere of Oscar Bettison’s Krank for solo percussion.
This March, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre focuses on the works of Unsuk Chin in a Composer Portrait concert. Ensemble Signal performs selections from her Six Piano Etudes, Doppelkonzert (New York premiere), and snagS&Snarls (New York premiere), along with the US premiere of the tape piece, Gradus ad infinitum.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra gives the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, the concert opener of The Last Night of the Proms in September. Other highlights include the UK premiere of A Wonderful Day by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, performances of Within Her Arms by the Britten Sinfonia, and the world premiere of Postponeless Creature members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the CSO’s MusicNOW series.
The American Brass Quintet gives the world premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Cadence, Fugue, Fade this October in New York and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players will premiere a new work for flute and string quartet this April in Boston.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic gives the US premiere of Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates in October and pianist Emanuel Ax gives the world premiere of Etude: Hommage à Brahms at Walt Disney Concert Hall in February.
David Del Tredici
Alice in Wonderland has been David Del Tredici’s obsession for decades. The culmination of a body of work surrounding Lewis Carroll’s fiction will be seen in the world premiere of the complete version of Del Tredici’s opera, Dum Dee Tweedle, performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in November and December.
Recently joining the Boosey & Hawkes family is eminent banjoist Béla Fleck. A composer and performer, he brings to Boosey & Hawkes two works: The Impostor, a concerto for banjo and orchestra, and Night Flight Over Water for banjo and string quartet. Night Flight Over Water will receive its world premiere with Fleck and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider in November.
Osvaldo Golijov is no stranger to high profile engagements. Yo-Yo Ma is the soloist at the New York Philharmonic’s opening gala this year, and the beautiful and lush Azul for cello and orchestra takes a prominent position on the program. Golijov’s Ainadamar also receives a run at Opera Philadelphia this February.
The New York Philharmonic has programmed HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale for its Biennial this May and June — performances take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (Alan Gilbert conducts Juilliard School musicians).
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) celebrates the 70th birthday of Karl Jenkins during the 2013–14 season. In January, DCINY performs the composer’s Stabat Mater and gives the New York premiere of The Bards of Wales.
Marvin David Levy
Florida Grand Opera presents Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra in November with performances in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic premieres Magnus Lindberg’s new work for cello and orchestra, featuring cellist Anssi Karttunen, this October. In March, the Toronto Symphony gives the Canadian premiere of the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Yefim Bronfman.
Tod Machover knows how to pay tribute to a city, as was seen in his A Toronto Symphony last season. Now, Edinburgh gets the Machover treatment with Festival City, premiering in August at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Machover’s robot opera, Death and the Powers, will also be performed by The Dallas Opera in February.
The New York Philharmonic presents the New York premiere of Steven Mackey’s Dreamhouse in May, part of the Philharmonic’s Biennial. Mackey commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with One Red Rose — the Brentano String Quartet performs this work throughout the season. The San Francisco Symphony gives performances of Eating Greens in November (both in San Francisco and at Carnegie Hall in New York), and the Cincinnati Symphony performs Stumble to Grace with pianist Orli Shaham in April.
This April, James MacMillan’s new St. Luke Passion will receive its US premiere at Duke University and The Death of Oscar will also get its first US performances by the Seattle Symphony. The Toronto Symphony gives the Canadian premiere of MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Pittsburgh Symphony will give the New York premiere of Woman of the Apocalypse.
Last season, the premiere of Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite received rave reviews in the UK. Now, the work will receive its New York premiere in November by Alarm Will Sound in an all-Steve Reich concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other works on the program include Four Genesis Settings from The Cave arranged by Alan Pierson, New York Counterpoint, City Life, Piano Counterpoint (the New York premiere), and Clapping Music. Other works by Reich will be featured in ballets choreographed by Stephan Thoss and Heinz Spoerli. The St. Louis Symphony and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will present an all-Steve Reich concert in February, and the St. Louis Symphony performs The Four Sections in May.
This year, Ned Rorem turns 90. A number of special events and performances are planned, including the New York Festival of Song’s presentation Ned is Ninety on November 1 (Providence, RI), 3 (Boston, MA), and 5 (New York, NY). New York’s Bargemusic will also be hosting a birthday celebration for Ned Rorem on October 18 that will feature performances of the composer’s works, as well as musical tributes from other composers. In addition, the world premiere of Rorem’s How Like a Winter for mezzo-soprano, piano, and double bass will take place in Amsterdam this October.
Christopher Rouse remains busy this season as he continues his residency with the New York Philharmonic. His Requiem is the only work on the program for the Philharmonic’s appearance at the next and final Spring for Music festival in May. The Philharmonic also performs the composer’s Oboe Concerto with soloist Liang Wang in November, and gives the world premiere of his Symphony No. 4 in June. In addition, the Pittsburgh Symphony premieres a new work by Rouse this April.
Sean Shepherd was recently named the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Kravis Emerging Composer; the orchestra will give the world premiere of a new work by the composer in June. In March, Shepherd’s Blue Blazes receives its UK premiere in Glasgow by the BBC Scottish Symphony.
The highly anticipated US premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole comes to New York this September, a co-production between BAM and New York City Opera. Two other orchestral works receive US premieres, as well: the New York Philharmonic performs Frieze and the Boston Symphony performs Speranza, both in October.
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