NY Phil to Open Fifth Season of CONTACT! with Esa-Pekka Salonen, 11/4

NY Phil to Open Fifth Season of CONTACT! with Esa-Pekka Salonen, 11/4

The fifth season of CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic's new-music series, opens with An Evening with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Monday, November 4, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at SubCulture, a new arts venue in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood. Composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen hosts this concert that features musicians from the New York Philharmonic performing five of his compositions: knock, breathe, shine for solo cello, Memoria for wind quintet, YTA III for solo cello, Homunculus for string quartet, and Second Meeting for oboe and piano. The program is a co-presentation by the New York Philharmonic and 92nd Street Y.

"I find writing for small forces refreshing. It's like sorbet in the middle of a heavy meal: something that cleans your palate. Every note matters; you cannot hide behind flashy orchestration. You have to think about the degree of invention and the quality of your ideas,"said Esa-Pekka Salonen. In the 2013-14 season CONTACT! extends its reach by presenting more concerts in new venues, including three programs at SubCulture presented in partnership with 92nd Street Y.

"CONTACT! is essentially about making contact with a fresh, excited, exciting audience, with new music that is absolutely important to play," said Alan Gilbert. "We have always felt it important for the series to reach acrossNew York City, with performances in more intimate spaces not necessarily associated with the formality of a New York Philharmonic concert. This coming season brings CONTACT! as far south as NoHo, where SubCulture offers a great energy that perfectly matches the atmosphere we want for these concerts."

"CONTACT! is more than a symbolic title for this series," said Hanna Arie-Gaifman, director of 92nd Street Y's Tisch Center for the Arts. "It really points to the relationship between today's music, composers, musicians, audience, and all of us who make music happen. It also hints at the creative nature of the partnership between 92nd Street Y and the New York Philharmonic: innovative, energetic, and, like the music we jointly present, quite intimate."

Q2 Music, WQXR's online contemporary music station, will record the concert for an exclusive stream on Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. and will make it available for on-demand listening for 30 days following the stream. To hear the stream, select the Q2 Music tab on the Player at wqxr.org and click "Play." To listen on-demand, go to wqxr.org/q2music.

Photo: Chris Lee