CARNEGIE HALL’S 125 COMMISSIONS PROJECT CONTINUES IN FOURTH YEAR WITH PREMIERES OF NEW WORKS BY LOUIS ANDRIESSEN, VALERIE COLEMAN, CHRIS THILE, AND MORE
(New York, NY, September 21, 2018) Carnegie Hall’s commitment to the music of tomorrow continues with the fourth year of its five-year project during which at least 125 new works will be commissioned from today’s leading composers. Through the 125 Commissions Project, Carnegie Hall expands upon its history as the preeminent venue where music history is made. Launched during the Hall’s 125th anniversary season in 2015, the project features new solo, chamber, and orchestral music from both established and emerging composers, including John Adams, Thomas Adès, Timo Andres, Donnacha Dennehy, Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Sofia Gubaidulina, Brad Mehldau, Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Caroline Shaw, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Thile, and Jörg Widmann. As part of the project, Carnegie Hall has sought to partner with co-commissioners as much as possible in order to maximize the number of performances for each new work.
New works presented in October and November include: The Sphinx Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra comprised of alumni of the renowned Sphinx Competition, performs the New York premiere of Dance for a New Day by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard on Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m. The program, entitled Music Without Borders, also includes a dramatic string orchestra arrangement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, as well as music from Spain, Syria, South Africa, and the United States.
The Belcea Quartet plays the world premiere of Joseph Phibbs’s String Quartet No. 3 on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. Also on the program is Mozart’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589, "Prussian" and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80. Ensemble Connect gives the New York premiere of a new work by Gabriella Smith on Monday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall along with works by Brahms, Ligeti, and Kaija Saariaho.
Pianist Ralph van Raat plays the world premiere of Searching for Unison (Etude for Solo Piano) by Louis Andriessen (holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair for the 2009–2010 season) in his Weill Recital Hall debut on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. Also on the program is the US premiere of Boulez’s Prelude, Toccata, and Scherzo; Alkan’s Symphony for Solo Piano from 12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys; and Debussy’s "Etude retrouvée" (1915; realized Howat).
On Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich play the US premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Keyboard Engine, Construction for Two Pianos on a program that also includes duo keyboard works by Bartók, Ravel, and Messiaen. Tenor Paul Appleby sings the world premiere of Hannah Lash’s Songs of Imagined Love with pianist Natalia Katyukova on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. The program also includes works by Britten, George Crumb, Handel, and selections from Schubert’s Schwanengesang, D. 957.
Music Director George Manahan leads the American Composers Orchestra in the world premiere of Valerie Coleman’s Phenomenal Women Concerto for Wind Quintet featuring Imani Winds on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. Also on the program is Joan Tower’s Chamber Dance and the world premiere of Alex Temple’s Three Principles of Noir. In addition, on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. chamber music ensemble Decoda plays the world premiere of a new work by Valerie Coleman, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, in Weill Recital Hall. On Wednesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., renowned mandolin player and vocalist Chris Thile, holder of the 2018–2019 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, gives two intimate Weill Recital Hall performances featuring the world premiere of an original piece commissioned for the occasion by Carnegie Hall, as well as works by Bach and other selections to be announced.
Additional 125 Commissions Project premieres this season include the New York premiere of a new work by Andrew Norman for yMusic; the New York premiere of a new work by Julia Wolfe featuring the New World Symphony conducted by Artistic Director and Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist Michael Tilson Thomas; and the US premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Clarinet Quintet, featuring the composer on clarinet with the Hagen Quartet.
Also part of the 125 Commissions Project, Kronos Quartet and Kronos Performing Arts Organization continue Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Collaborating with many diverse partners over five seasons, Kronos is co-commissioning 50 new works by 25 men and 25 women devoted to contemporary approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. Composers commissioned to write works for previous seasons have included Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Rhiannon Giddens, Garth Knox, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Wu Man, and Karin Rehnqvist. Commissions for the 2018–2019 season include works written by Bryce Dessner, Susie Ibarra, Jlin, Vladimir Martynov, Missy Mazzoli, Misato Mochizuki, Terry Riley, Henry Threadgill, Mario Galeano Toro, and Lu Yun.