Tonight at Alice Tully Hall, composer/clarinetist Derek Bermel plays his clarinet concerto Voices with the Mannes Orchestrs. Bermel, who is currently composer-in-residence at Mannes, hasn’t performed the piece in New York since its premiere in 1998.
Voices celebrates the incorporation of vocalisms into instrumental writing. Over the course of the piece all manners of speech are mimicked: from murmurs to shouts. In Voices, Bermel also revels in polystylism, with references from funk, jazz, Irish folk music, and, of course, contemporary classical music.
BMOP’s recording of the work was nominated for a Grammy in 2010.
Below is a video of Bermel performing the piece in Beijing.
Admission to tonight’s concert is free, but tickets are required; contact the Alice Tully box office at 212.671.4050.