Spectrum Presents Festival Featuring The Music of Michael Hersch

Spectrum proudly presents a festival of music by composer Michael Hersch on September 7th, 8th and 11th. Featured performers include Michael Hersch, Miranda Cuckson, Mariel Roberts, Ah Young Hong, Jacob Rhodebeck, Gary Louie, Sophie Shao, and Michael Atkinson. Works include two New York premieres, a world premiere, and only the third-ever complete performance of his landmark "The Vanishing Pavilions" of 2005.

Spectrum is located at 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor. Tickets are available at the door: $20; $10 Students & Seniors.

Widely considered among the most gifted composers of his generation, Michael Hersch's work has been performed in the U.S. and abroad under conductors including Mariss Jansons, Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Carlos Kalmar, Yuri Temirkanov, Giancarlo Guerrero, and James DePreist; with the major orchestras of Cleveland, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Oregon, among others; and ensembles including the String Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Ensemble Klang, the Kreutzer Quartet, the Blair Quartet, NUNC, and the Network for New Music Ensemble. He has written for such soloists as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Thomas Hampson, Midori, Garrick Ohlsson, Shai Wosner, Miranda Cuckson, Béla Fleck, and Boris Pergamenschikow.

His solo and chamber works have appeared on programs around the globe - from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in the U.S. to Germany's Schloss Neuhardenberg Festival in Brandenberg and the Philharmonie in Berlin; from the U.K.'s Dartington New Music Festival and British Museum to Italy's Romaeuropa and Nuova Consonanza Festivals. Performances in the far east include those with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Japan's Pacific Music Festival.

Recent and upcoming premieres include his Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in Saint Paul and the Avanti Festival in Helsinki, the NYC premiere of Zwischen Leben und Tod, at the newly established National Sawdust in Brooklyn, new productions of his monodrama, On the Threshold of Winter, which premiered last year at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music to acclaim, and new works for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Library of Congress, and Holland's Ensemble Klang. Other notable recent events include European performances by the Kreutzer Quartet of Images From a Closed Ward in the U.K. and Sweden, and the premiere of Of Sorrow Born: Seven Elegies, a work for solo violin commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, premiered at the orchestra's Biennial.

Born in Washington D.C., Michael Hersch came to international attention at age twenty-five, when he was awarded First Prize in the Concordia American Composers Awards. The award resulted in a performance of his Elegy, conducted by Marin Alsop in New York's Alice Tully Hall in early 1997.

Later that year he became one of the youngest recipients ever of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition. Mr. Hersch has also been the recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and many other honors. Also a gifted pianist, Mr. Hersch has appeared around the world including appearances at the Van Cliburn Foundation's Modern at the Modern Series, the Romaeuropa Festival, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Cleveland's Reinberger Chamber Hall, the Festival of Contemporary Music Nuova Consonanza, the Warhol Museum, the Network for New Music Concert Series, the Left Bank Concert Society, Festa Europea della Musica, St. Louis' Sheldon Concert Hall, and in New York City at Merkin Concert Hall, the 92nd St. Y - Tisch Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, among others. Mr. Hersch currently serves on the composition faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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