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New York Repertory Orchestra to Present Premiere Work by Peri Mauer, 5/18


The New York Repertory Orchestra proudly presents its 2012-13 season finale featuring a world premiere by Peri Mauer alongside works by Jean Sibelius and Claude Debussy. Led by conductor David Leibowitz, the concert features guest artist, violinist Airi Yoshioka, and takes place on Saturday, May 18th at 8pm at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square.

"When I began composing ILLUMINATIONS OF THE NIGHT I lived in a studio apartment 28 floors above midtown Manhattan with my piano facing my window. As a night person, my work habits and creative energy had me composing far into the night, as I watched the changing view of lights of the city night dance against the backdrop of darkened streets and sky. Often I composed all night until the sun came up. The sound of awakening traffic initiated by the low-pitched screeching of garbage trucks making their early morning rounds signaled that it was time to go to sleep.

My first sketches of ILLUMINATIONS OF THE NIGHT date back to my student days at the Manhattan School of Music, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to complete it for performance by the New York Repertory Orchestra conducted by David Leibowitz on May 18, 2013. I now live in a midtown Manhattan studio 24 floors above 42nd Street. The lights of the World Trade Center no longer dance, and there are many new buildings whose purpose is that of reflecting the city's night lights in changing colors and patterns. The night illumination carries on as determined as ever within the changing cityscape, as optimistic and invigorated as ever. The sound of awakening traffic harkened by the screeching garbage trucks remains unchanged, as the night lights soften and lower their glow for the daylight to take over."

This work was funded in part by the Composers Assistance Program of New Music USA.

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