Orchestra of the League of Composers
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Orchestra of the League of Composers

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Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Jun, 2016

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

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Part of NY PHIL BIENNIAL

The League of Composers/ISCM — the nation’s oldest organization devoted to contemporary music — joins the NY PHIL BIENNIAL to present the Orchestra of the League of Composers performing a New York Premiere by Huck Hodge (United States, b. 1977), works by Pulitzer Prize–winning composers Charles Wuorinen (United States, b. 1938) and Paul Moravec (United States, b. 1957), and a U.S. Premiere by Felipe Lara (Brazil, b. 1979). The program, taking place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, will be conducted by Orchestra of the League of Composers music director Louis Karchin, and will feature pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as soloist.

Presented by the League of Composers/ISCM

Program

Huck Hodge

Alêtheia (New York Premiere)

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Paul Moravec

Sempre Diritto!

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Charles Wuorinen

Flying to Kahani for piano and chamber orchestra

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Felipe Lara

Fringes (U.S. Premiere)

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Artists

Louis Karchin

Music Director and Conductor

Louis Karchin

Music Director and Conductor

Music Director and Conductor

Composer and conductor Louis Karchin, music director of the Orchestra of the League of Composers, has worked for more than three decades at the nexus of music composition and new-music performance. He has founded or co-founded major performing ensembles, including the Harvard Group for New Music (while a graduate student at Harvard), the Chamber Players of the League-ISCM, the Washington Square Ensemble, and in 2009, the Orchestra of the League of Composers. He has collaborated in performance with such artists as sopranos Lucy Shelton and Kate Lindsey, cellist Fred Sherry, violist Paul Neubauer, clarinetist Virgil Blackwell, and baritones Evan Hughes and Thomas Meglioranza. As a composer, Mr. Karchin has amassed a portfolio of more than 75 works, including orchestral, solo, and chamber works and two operas. Recent commissions have come from the Daedalus String Quartet and the Network for New Music of Philadelphia, and his latest works have been championed by Fort Worth Opera, Plurimo Ensemble of Venice, Italy, and soloists such as Steven Beck and Miranda Cuckson. In the fall of 2016, the Center for Contemporary Opera will present his full-length opera, Jane Eyre, in a staged production. Mr. Karchin is the recipient of three awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment for the Arts awards, and Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Barlow commissions. Six CDs of his music are available on Naxos, Bridge, New World, and Albany labels, and his music is published by C.F. Peters and the American Composers Alliance. Louis Karchin is professor of music at New York University.

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Charles Wuorinen

Conductor

Charles Wuorinen

Conductor

Conductor

Charles Wuorinen’s many honors include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Wuorinen has written more than 260 compositions to date, encompassing every form and medium, including works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, soloists, ballet, and stage. His most recent works include an opera on Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain, premiered at the Teatro Real in Madrid in January 2014, with subsequent new productions in Aachen and Salzburg. Other recent works include Time Regained, for Peter Serkin, James Levine, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Eighth Symphony for the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Fourth Piano Sonata for Anne-Marie McDermott; and Metagong for two pianos and two percussionists for the New York New Music Ensemble. Both as composer and performer (conductor and pianist), Mr. Wuorinen has worked with some of the finest performers of the time and his works reflect the virtuosity of his collaborators. His works have been recorded on almost a dozen labels, including several releases on Naxos and Albany Records (Charles Wuorinen Series), and two releases on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Charles Wuorinen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Anne-Marie McDermott

Piano

Anne-Marie McDermott

Piano

Piano

For more than 25 years pianist Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals, and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also serves as artistic director of the Bravo! Vail and Ocean Reef music festivals, and as curator for chamber music for the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.

Ms. McDermott’s repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven as well as Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Scriabin, to works by today’s most influential composers. In the 2015–16 season she appeared with the Dallas, Nashville, and Pacific symphony orchestras, and premiered Poul Ruders’s new concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra — a piece she will record alongside Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Charles Wuorinen’s last solo piano sonata, which she has recorded, was written for her and premiered at New York’s Town Hall. This season Ms. McDermott participates in the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s all-Gershwin Silver Jubilee Celebration, and embarks on a cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos at Santa Fe Pro Musica.

She has recorded the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas, Bach’s English Suites and Partitas, solo works by Chopin, Gershwin’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart piano concertos with the Calder Quartet. Most recently she recorded piano sonatas and concertos by Haydn with Denmark’s Odense Philharmonic, with two Wuorinen-penned cadenzas.

 She has performed and toured with leading orchestras — including the New York Philharmonic; Minnesota Orchestra; and Dallas, Seattle, National, Houston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Atlanta symphony orchestras — and has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi.

She is a longtime member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and tours as a member of OPUS ONE, a chamber group with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, and Peter Wiley that has commissioned more than 15 new works. She also tours annually with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and performs in a trio with her sisters, cellist Maureen and New York Philharmonic violinist Kerry.

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Orchestra of the League of Composers

Orchestra of the League of Composers

Since 2009, the Orchestra of the League of Composers has presented concerts of the newest music of our time under the auspices of its parent organization, the League-ISCM. Founded in 2009 by then-ISCM president David Gordon, flutist Sue Ann Kahn, and composer and conductor Louis Karchin, the orchestra made its debut at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre performing works by Elliott Carter, Christopher Dietz, Julia Wolfe, Charles Wuorinen, and Alvin Singleton. The orchestra has commissioned and premiered ten new works by Singleton, Jason Treuting, Missy Mazzoli, Arthur Krieger, David Rakowski, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Keith Fitch, Wang Jie, Suzanne Farrin, and Morris Rosenzweig, and has presented 18 New York or World Premieres. It has been particularly active in advocating Carter’s late, ground-breaking works, presenting his song-cycle On Conversing with Paradise and his Concertino for Bass Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra in their New York Premieres. Other highlights have included the New York Premieres of Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody, with violist Paul Neubauer, the U. S. Premiere of Shulamit Ran’s Silent Voices, and the New York Premiere of Rome Prize winner Anthony Cheung’s Fog Mobiles, with Saar Berger as soloist. The orchestra’s parent organization, the League of Composers/ISCM, created in 1923, is the nation’s oldest organization in the United States devoted to contemporary music.

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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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