21st Century Landmarks

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Insights Series: "21st-Century Landmarks"

Location

David Rubenstein Atrium

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Date & Times

4

Jun, 2014

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info
A panel of composers from across the musical spectrum, some of whom will be featured during the NY PHIL BIENNIAL — The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse; composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher; Kravis Emerging Composer Sean Shepherd; composer Julia Wolfe; and composer and senior editor of NewMusicBox Frank J. Oteri — discuss what they consider to be this century’s emerging masterworks with moderator Carol J. Oja, The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic.

Learn more about the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, May 28–June 7, 2014.

This lecture is free — seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subscribers, Friends at the Affiliate level and above, and Patrons may secure guaranteed admission by emailing AdultEd@nyphil.org.

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This series is co-presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Artists

Carol J. Oja

Moderator

Carol J. Oja

Moderator

Carol Oja

Moderator

As The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2014–15 season, Carol J. Oja presented Insights events and conducted research in the Philharmonic Archives. Dr. Oja is William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University, where she is Chair of the Department of Music and also on the faculty of the graduate program in American Studies. Her newest book, Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, was recently published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Oja’s Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s won the Lowens Book Award from the Society for American Music and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. Her other books include Aaron Copland and His World (co-edited with Judith Tick); Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds; A Celebration of American Music: Words and Music in Honor of H. Wiley Hitchcock; and American Music Recordings: A Discography of 20th-Century U.S. Composers. Carol J. Oja has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, the National Humanities Center, NEH, and the Mellon Faculty Fellows Program at Harvard. She is past-president of the Society for American Music.

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Christopher Rouse

Speaker

Christopher Rouse

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Christopher Rouse is one of America's most prominent composers of orchestral music. Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Trombone Concerto (commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic), he has created a body of work perhaps unequalled in its emotional intensity. The New York Times has described his oeuvre as "some of the most anguished, most memorable music around," and Stephen Wigler of The Baltimore Sun stated: "When the music history of the late 20th century is written, I suspect the explosive and passionate music of Rouse will loom large."

Born in Baltimore in 1949, Christopher Rouse developed an early interest in both classical and popular music. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and Cornell University, numbering among his principal teachers George Crumb and Karel Husa. He taught composition at the Eastman School of Music for two decades and currently teaches composition at The Juilliard School.

Mr. Rouse's music has been performed by almost every major orchestra in the United States and by numerous ensembles abroad, including the Berlin Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, and the Austrian Radio Orchestra. Recent highlights include the world premieres of the Requiem (2007, by the Los Angeles Master Chorale), Concerto for Orchestra (2008, by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music), Oboe Concerto (2009, by the Minnesota Orchestra), and Odna Zhizn (2010, by the New York Philharmonic). His Symphony No. 3 was premiered by the Saint Louis Symphony in May 2011. Mr. Rouse wrote Seeing for Piano and Orchestra for Emanuel Ax on commission from the Philharmonic, which gave its premiere in May 1999. Christopher Rouse's works are published by Boosey & Hawkes.

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Matthias Pintscher

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Matthias Pintscher

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Matthias Pintscher Felix Broede

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Matthias Pintscher is music director of Ensemble intercontemporain, the contemporary music ensemble founded by Pierre Boulez. Equally known as one of today’s foremost composers, Mr. Pintscher will have two works premiered this season: Nur, a concerto for piano and ensemble performed by Daniel Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble conducted by the composer, and a new work for baritone, chorus, and orchestra performed by Dietrich Henschel and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra led by Kent Nagano.

This season Mr. Pintscher serves as creative chair for Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and he is finishing a nine-year term as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-association. Additionally, he makes his debuts with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Berlin Staatsoper, where he conducts the World Premiere of Violetter Schnee, a new opera by Beat Furrer. He returns to conduct the New York Philharmonic, leading the New York Premiere of his own mar’eh and curating a Kravis Nightcap event, as well as The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and New World symphony orchestras. In Europe, Mr. Pintscher returns to the Orchestre de Paris, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and Helsinki Philharmonic.

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Sean Shepherd

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Sean Shepherd

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New York Philharmonic Kravis Emerging Composer Sean Shepherd recently completed his tenure as the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellow of The Cleveland Orchestra, culminating with the premiere of Tuolumne in April 2013. Other recent performances include those with the New York Philharmonic; National, BBC, and New World symphony orchestras; leading European ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; and at festivals in Aldeburgh, Heidelberg, La Jolla, Lucerne, Santa Fe, and Tanglewood. He has been championed by conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Pablo Heras-Casado, Susanna Mälkki, Matthias Pintscher, and Franz Welser-Möst, as well as composer-conductors Oliver Knussen and George Benjamin. Mr. Shepherd’s most recent orchestral work, Magiya, written for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, toured the U.S. and Europe in summer 2013, led by Mr. Gergiev. In March 2013, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble debuted his Quintet at various New York venues. Following the premiere of These Particular Circumstances on the inaugural season of CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic’s new-music series, he composed Songs, to be premiered by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic in June 2014. Other recent premieres include Blue Blazes, a Hechinger Commission from the National Symphony Orchestra (performed in Washington, D.C. and on a South American tour); Blur for Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris and Cologne); Quartet for Oboe and Strings (Santa Fe and La Jolla Summer Festivals); and Trio for the Claremont Trio (Boston). Mr. Shepherd has received degrees in composition and bassoon performance from Indiana University and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and he pursued doctoral work at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. From 2010 to 2012 he was composer-in-residence of the Reno Philharmonic, his hometown orchestra. His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

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Julia Wolfe

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Julia Wolfe

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Julia Wolfe by Peter Serling

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Drawing inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, Julia Wolfe’s music brings a modern sensibility to each while tearing down the walls between them. Her art-balled Steel Hammer, runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, was inspired by the legends and music of Appalachia. Its text is culled from more than 200 versions of the John Henry ballad — telling the story of the story. The work, for Trio Mediaeval and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, was recently released on CD in April 2014 and will be presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) 2015 Next Wave Festival directed by Anne Bogart. Ms. Wolfe’s recent body concerto, riSE and fLY, for percussionist Colin Currie and orchestra, features Mr. Currie playing rapid fire rhythms on his body. Ms. Wolfe has a major body of work for strings. In addition to her quartets, Cruel Sister for string orchestra, inspired by a traditional English ballad, received its U.S. Premiere at the Spoleto Festival. A CD of the work, coupled with Fuel, performed by Hamburg’s Ensemble Resonanz, is on the Cantaloupe label. Julia Wolfe’s collaborators include Anna Deavere Smith, Diller Scofidio+Renfro, Bill Morrison, Ridge Theater, Francois Girard, Jim Findlay, Jeff Sugg, and Susan Marshall. Her music has been heard at BAM, Settembre Musica (in Italy), Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, NCPA in Beijing, and LG Arts Center Korea, among others. In 2009 Ms. Wolfe joined the New York University–Steinhardt School composition faculty. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s music collective Bang on a Can. Her music is published by Red Poppy Music (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc.

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