U.S. Premiere of EURYDICE: A SERENADE FOR STRINGS and More Set for Composer Russell Platt's 2013-14 Season
Noted American composer Russell Platt will have a banner year in the 2013-14 season, highlighted by the world premieres of three new works, a U.S. premiere that is also the first performance of his music by a major American orchestra, and a recording of a recent concerto, as well as performances of his works in New York City, Washington, DC, and on tour:
- The U.S. premiere of Eurydice: A Serenade for Strings presented by the Buffalo Philharmonic led by its music director, JoAnn Falletta, on April 26 & 27, 2014, marking the first performance of Platt's music by a major American orchestra. The work was commissioned and premiered by the Orchestre Symphonique Bienne (Biel) of Switzerland in 2011.
- The performance and recording of Concerto for Bassoon and Strings, with soloist George Sakakeeny, Oberlin Conservatory's distinguished Professor of Bassoon, and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble led by Tim Weiss, on December 10, 2013. When the concerto was premiered by soloist Peter Kolkay and the Wisconsin Philharmonic led by Alexander Platt in 2008, Tom Strini in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called it "a lock to become a standard work for bassoonists aspiring to more than sideman status in classical music."
- The world premiere of a song cycle on poems of Elizabeth Bishop commissioned by the Curtis Institute of Music for Curtis On Tour, the conservatory's student-faculty national performance tour in the winter of 2014.
- The world premiere of the song cycle Three Poems of Jeffrey Greene performed by the Mirror Visions Ensemble at the American University of Paris on March 27, 2014. This trio of soprano Vira Slywotzky, tenor Scott Murphree, and baritone Jesse Blumberg also commissioned and premiered Platt's From Noon to Starry Night: A Walt Whitman Cantata, about which Anthony Tommasini said in The New York Times in 2010, "the songs truly evoke a cantata by setting Whitman's words for long stretches with close-knit, pungent block harmonies for three singers."
- Memoir for Flute and Piano, to be performed by the Verge Ensemble at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on September 8, 2013. This 2010 work was premiered by Marya Martin and Shai Wosner at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.