Aspen Contemporary Ensemble

The New York Philharmonic

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Aspen Music Festival and School at the Whitney


Susan and John Hess Family Theater

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Jun, 2016

Wednesday, 7:00 PM

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martiniPlay Date with the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Whitney Museum of American Art: mingle with the performers and composers after the concert at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The NY PHIL BIENNIAL ventures downtown to the Whitney, allowing for a singular experience of new music in a bastion of new art. Featuring musicians from the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble performing works by new-music giant Esa-Pekka Salonen; the late, great Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stucky; and more.

Co-Presented by Aspen Music Festival and School and the Whitney Museum of American Art


Thomas Kotcheff

bang Z (New York Premiere)


Stephen Hartke

The Blue Studio (New York Premiere)


Nina C. Young

Rising Tide (New York Premiere)



The Stars and the Roses (New York Premiere)


Christopher Stark

Mercy Bell (New York Premiere)


Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Timothy Weiss


Timothy Weiss



Conductor Timothy Weiss gained critical acclaim for his performances and brave, adventurous programming throughout the U.S. and abroad. His repertoire in contemporary music is vast and fearless, including masterworks, recent compositions, and an impressive number of premieres and commissions. Recently, he was the recipient of the Adventurous Programming Award from the League of American Orchestras. Upcoming and recent engagements include the Artic Philharmonic in Bodø, Norway; Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia; Eastman Broadband Ensemble; BBC Scottish Symphony; Britten Sinfonia in London; and Melbourne Symphony in Australia. In his 23 years as music director of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Mr. Weiss has brought the group to a level of artistry and virtuosity in performance that rivals the finest new-music groups. During his tenure with the CME, he has helped launch the ensembles eighth blackbird and ICE, as well as many other leading performers of contemporary music. As a committed educator, Timothy Weiss is professor of conducting and chair of the division of contemporary music at Oberlin. He holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium; Northwestern University; and the University of Michigan.

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Spencer Lang


Spencer Lang



Tenor Spencer Lang, a native of Sandy, Oregon, holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Pacific Lutheran University, a master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School, and a professional certificate from the Curtis Institute of Music. Since 2014 he has been a member of the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zurich, and he will join their ensemble in the 2016–17 season. In Zurich he has performed varied repertoire, including the World Premiere of Christian Jost’s Rote Laterne in the role of Fay-Pu. He was also seen as Daniel in Frank Schwemmer’s Robin Hood, Der Hirt in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and Monsieur Vogelsang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor. In the coming season he will reprise the role of Monsieur Vogelsang, and perform as Graf Gustav von Pottenstein in a new production of Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns. Mr. Lang also has an active recital and concert career. He has participated in the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival since 2012, and was a finalist at the International Wigmore Hall Song Competition in 2015. He recently performed the role of Jonathan in the Handel oratorio Alexander Balus to critical acclaim with the London Handel Festival, conducted by Laurence Cummings.

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Aspen Music Festival and School’s Aspen Contemporary Ensemble

Aspen Music Festival and School’s Aspen Contemporary Ensemble

The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble was formed to address the training and performance needs of composers of contemporary repertoire. Members of the ensemble are selected by audition for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion. This basic ensemble became the standard instrumentation for hundreds of compositions in the twentieth century, inspired by the scoring of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. The group appears regularly throughout the summer playing the energetic and challenging new chamber music of the world’s leading artists. The ensemble also provides concert performances of new works composed in Aspen by students in the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies. These performances are an essential element in the training of composers, who must experience their compositions firsthand with a live ensemble to complete the act of creation. The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States’s premier classical music festival, presenting more than 400 musical events during its eight-week summer season in Aspen. The institution draws top classical musicians from around the world to this Colorado mountain retreat for an unparalleled combination of performances and music education. Many events are free and seating on the David Karetsky Music Lawn and in the Music Garden is always free. More than 630 music students from more than 40 states and more than 40 countries come each summer to play in five orchestras, sing, conduct, compose, and study with approximately 130 renowned artist-faculty members. Students represent the field’s best talent; many have already begun their professional careers, and others are on the cusp. Renowned alumni include violinists Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Robert McDuffie, Midori, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Gil Shaham; pianists Ingrid Fliter, Orli Shaham, Conrad Tao, Yuja Wang, Wu Han, and Joyce Yang; conductors Marin Alsop, James Conlon, James Levine, Leonard Slatkin, and Joshua Weilerstein; composers William Bolcom, Philip Glass, David Lang, Augusta Read Thomas, Bright Sheng, and Joan Tower; vocalists Jamie Barton, Danielle de Niese, Sasha Cooke, Renée Fleming, and Dawn Upshaw; cellists Lynn Harrell and Alisa Weilerstein; guitarist Sharon Isbin; performer Peter Schickele; and bassist Edgar Meyer.

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Special Thanks

Major support for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The Francis Goelet Fund.

Additional funding is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation and Honey M. Kurtz.


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