Composer Sebastian Currier discusses his new orchestral work, Track 8, inspired by Beethoven’s lesser-known Eighth Symphony and commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of its Beethoven 2020 anniversary celebrations. Conductor Louis Langrée leads the orchestra in the world premiere of Currier’s work on April 3.
First European performances of John Adams's propulsive concert-opener, I Still Dance, take place in Amsterdam and London in March, conducted by the composer and the work's dedicatee Michael Tilson Thomas.
Following performances in the Netherlands and Germany, Detlev Glanert's epic Requiem for Hieronymous Bosch painted a vivid canvas in London in December, travelling on with conductor Semyon Bychkov to Prague in March.
This season sees two new operas for young audiences by composer Elena Kats-Chernin: Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver was premiered at the Komische Oper in Berlin in November, and June brings her new operatic version of The Wind in the Willows at the Kassel Staatstheater.
The coming months see a series of performances of Claude Vivier's music across the Netherlands. The highly charged spiritual theatricality of his works brings stagings of Musik für das Ende in Toronto, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Bruges, following upon the French premiere of Hiérophanie last autumn.
The Léonie Sonning Music Foundation has announced that the South Korean-born composer Unsuk Chin is awarded the 2021 Music Prize. Her music will receive a special feature in Copenhagen in June 2021 including the prize concert at the DR Concert Hall.
Major recent works by Sofia Gubaidulina, travelling widely this season, include the Triple Concerto for violin, cello and accordion, Dialogue: I and You for violin and orchestra, and the oratorio On Love and Hatred.
Clyne draws inspiration from poetry, art, and music in two new works premiering this spring: Breathing Statues for string quartet, written for Calidore String Quartet; and COLOR FIELD, for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Miller Theatre’s Composer Portrait series showcases Oscar Bettison’s dark and idiosyncratic musical style on February 20. Alarm Will Sound and Alan Pierson perform Livre des Sauvages and Pale Icons of Night, Bettison’s new violin concerto featuring soloist Courtney Orlando.
Leading German composer Manfred Trojahn has signed an exclusive publishing contract with Boosey & Hawkes. New works include a setting of Hofmannsthal’s ‘Chandos Letter’ with stagings in Bonn and Vienna in February 2020.