Composer Roberto Sierra will debut a new version of his acclaimed choral symphony, “Missa Latina,” this Sunday at New York’s Hunter College. The work originally premiered in 2006 at the Kennedy Center as commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra.
In 1968, director Stanley Kubrick amazed moviegoers with his epic sci-fi masterpiece, '2001: A Space Odyssey.' The accompanying soundtrack was an equivalent enchantment, featuring classic compositions from Richard Strauss, György Ligeti and Johann Strauss II.
Ostrava, a smallish Czech city of some 300,000 people about 10 kilometers from the Polish border, hosts the biennial Ostrava Days, a small festival, itself, but with audiences usually numbering a couple hundred. Both city and fest think big. In recent years, Ostrava has seen a remarkable amount of development via commerce and construction, as well as a laudable push to renovate the industrial facilities if its mining past into theaters, galleries and other art spaces. For its part, Ostrava Days is oriented toward big music--the 2015 edition even featuring a night of works for three orchestras--all the while making room for smaller-scale compositions.
The Grawemeyer Award’s 2016 recipient was chosen early this year following a leak by Musical America. Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has taken the title along with a $100,000 grant for his 30-minute song cycle for soprano and orchestra called 'let me tell you'.
In honor of Carnegie Hall's 125th Anniversary, the iconic performance hall has been assembling an eclectic series of events, some celebrating not just the venue's past, but its future as well. In the interests of spreading the joy of classical music to a new generation (and ensuring a full house for decades to come), Carnegie Hall invited forty second graders from Hamilton Heights School for a surprise classical concert performed by members of the Ensemble ACJW.
While the biannual Ostrava Days in the Czech Republic features, primarily, a wide array of post-1950 solo and small ensemble pieces, it is, at its heart, a symphonic endeavor--founded and curated by Czech composer/conductor Petr Kotik. Over the course of nine expansive nights in August, running this year from the 21st to the 29th, the festival hosted three different orchestras, and all three together on the first night. The Ostrava-based Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and resident ensemble Ostravská Banda did plenty of heavy lifting over the course of the fest, with the Miners Band from Stonava (a brass group from that nearby town in coal-mining Moravia) joining them on opening night.
Some contemporary composers prefer to use shapes, arrows and other visual symbols to indicate pitch, duration or volume in their music. Many of the graphic scores that result are quite beautiful and resemble works of modern art.
eighth blackbird's performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on March 8 and 9 will hold some of the group's favorite music, including works by György Ligeti and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.
Three-time Grammy-winning contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird returns with another awe-inspiring performance, Still in Motion, at one of New York City's most storied work spaces, The Kitchen.