Posted by Jonathan Lakeland in Classical Music, Commissions, Composers, Composers Now, Concerts, Contemporary Classical, Festivals, New York, tags: Carnegie Hall, Edmonton, orchestra, Spring for Music, symphony
On Tuesday evening in New York City, Edmonton is taking Carnegie Hall by storm.
The “Spring for Music” series, a yearly Carnegie event, is an opportunity for symphony orchestras around North America to come and present their work in New York City- an opportunity that would not necessarily be possible for some of these orchestras if “Spring for Music” did not exist. This Tuesday will see the Carnegie debut of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, an up-and-coming star in the symphonic world.
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 60-year anniversary this year. An integral and beloved part of the Edmonton community, the orchestra is travelling to Carnegie to present a program made up mostly of works they have commissioned over the years, with the exception of Martinu’s first symphony. There is something thrilling about the three Canadian composers being featured on the program. Their voices are unique, in a way that only 21st-Century composers could be. Their inspirations and tastes range from Beethoven, to Brahms, to Stravinsky, to Adams; and they were not shy to have open conversations with me about their work.
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Composer Paul Moravec
No doubt if you have participated or read any of the chats below for Spring For Music
concerts, you are pretty excited. If you haven’t heard about Spring for Music
, it starts tomorrow night with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
at Carnegie Hall!
Orpheus has a wonderful resource
about their New Brandenburgs
project, but I was curious to talk with Paul Moravec
about the idea of hearing his Brandenburg Gate
with the other commissions. Here is our chat from Sunday night at his apartment: mp3 file
Concerts continue through May 14th at Carnegie including the Dallas Symphony in Steven Stucky’s August 4th, 1964
; the Albany Symphony in a Spirituals Re-Imagined project; and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Maria Schneider’s Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories
with Dawn Upshaw. Ticket prices are reduced, and I love the idea there will be hometown sections for the visiting orchestra fans!