Tonight: NY Phil premieres Carter at Contact!

103 year old Elliott Carter has written a new work, Two Controversies and a Conversation, which will be premiered tonight at the Met Museum as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Contact! series. The concert, conducted by David Robertson, also includes a newly commissioned work by Michael Jarrell and Pierre Boulez’sexplosante-fixe…

Carter discusses the piece in the video below.

The Contact! program will be repeated on Saturday at Symphony Space.

David Robertson

Today, one of my conductor-heroes, David Robertson, received an honorary doctorate at Westminster Choir College’s 2010 Commencement. He gave an excellent commencement address; his remarks were insightful and inspiring. As someone who’s passionate about contemporary classical music, I was particularly thrilled that Westminster acknowledged one of its leading lights with a degree.

Here’s a clip from his performance of the Carter Oboe Concerto at the 2008 Proms.