New World Symphony Presents Highlights of 2013-14 Season
The New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy (NWS), is pleased to share details of our 2013-2014 season. As a research-and-development arm for classical music, the coming season includes a series of commissions, partnerships and events that showcase NWS as a laboratory for generating new ideas about the way music is taught, presented and experienced. Highlights include the commissioning and presentation of new works by emerging and established artists, the development of multi-media collaborative projects, and the continuation of innovative concert formats. These initiatives exist with the goal of developing New World Symphony Fellows, who will advance the field of classical music and become ambassadors for the art forms in their communities and beyond.
The following is a selection of 2013-2014 season highlights as of July 29, 2013. For complete program information please see the attached chronological listing or visit www.nws.edu.
NWS commissions and collaborates with talented visual artists to create new works to be displayed on the acoustic sails of New World Center. Video Commissions provide Fellows with the opportunity to collaborate with fellow artists and offer audiences a unique and immersive atmosphere that allows for multiple methods of understanding and interpreting the music.
· The 2013-14 season opens on October 5 and 6 with the world premiere of a video work by artist and filmmaker Tal Rosner made to accompany Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. The video is co-commissioned by NWS, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. The NWS performances, which will include a WALLCAST concert on October 5, will be conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and feature Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, performed by pianist Yuja Wang. Also on the program are Gershwin's Cuban Overture and Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite.
· On October 17 NWS will present the world premiere of a video installation produced by Netia Jones in creative collaboration with Michael Tilson Thomas, to accompany Niccolò Castiglioni's Inverno in-ver. The video will be integrated by Jones into the performance in real time. Conducted by Tilson Thomas and joined by mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell, tenor Matthew Newlin, and bass-baritone Rod Nelman, the program will include Berio's Violin Duets and Stravinsky's Pulcinella. On October 19 this program will be presented in Chicago by the Chicago Harris Theater, the co-commissioner of Ms. Jones' work.
· On Saturday, February 15, Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct a performance of contemporary classical works including Lukas Foss' Phorion, which will be accompanied by the world premiere of a NWS-commissioned video created byAdam Larsen. Synergy Vocals will also be featured on the program performing Luciano Berio's Sinfonia.
· On April 26, in a program titled New Work, NWS will perform Stravinsky's Huxley Variations paired with the world premiere of NWS commissioned digital animation by artist Emily Eckstein, produced in creative collaboration with Michael Tilson Thomas. The program will be conducted by Tilson Thomas and includes Eckstein's animation for Stravinsky'sCircus Polka, a 2011-2012 NWS commission.
New Voices, now in its second season, is an annual collaborative commissioning project between NWS, the San Francisco Symphony and music publisher Boosey & Hawkes that helps develop the professional careers of emerging composers in the Americas. This project creates opportunities for NWS Fellows to collaborate with composers, to workshop and premiere newly created works, to understand the compositional process, and to serve an important role in helping emerging composers-who are their future colleagues-realize their creations.
· On November 3 NWS will present the world premiere of 2013-2014 New Voices composer, Cynthia Lee Wong's chamber music work. The program will also include works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Welcher, and features the Miró Quartet.
· On Saturday, April 26, NWS will premiere Wong's work for orchestra as part of the New Work program listed above.
Innovative Concert Formats
NWS will continue to present performances in alternate formats, involving Fellows in the process of creating events that are attractive and engaging for new audiences, and meaningful and enjoyable to existing audiences. Highlights from the season include:
· Four evenings of thirty-minute Mini-Concerts scheduled an hour apart allow audiences to experience live music for only $2.50 per performance. Each concert begins with a brief introduction by Fellows that provides context for the music. On November 8, the program includes Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate and J. S. Bach's Suite No. 3. Additional Mini-Concerts will be held on November 9, March 14 and March 15.
· Four, one-hour themed Encounters concerts with special host Jamie Bernstein are designed to enhance the audience's understanding and appreciation of the music through the use of narration and video. Concerts are followed by a post-performance social hour. On November 1 and 2 concerts will include selections from the first symphonies of Mozart, Bizet, and Shostakovich. Programs for the March 7 and 8 concerts will be announced at a later date.
· Pulse-Late Night at the New World Symphony events will be held on February 21 and April 4. Pulse events transform the New World Center into a lounge-style setting, presenting contemporary classical music interspersed with DJ-spun electronic music between sets.
· Journey Concerts are extended-length, multi-part performances featuring the orchestra and ensembles of varying sizes on different stages around the performance hall. Dates and programming to be announced.