Insights at the Atrium: New York's New-Music Landscape

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Insights at the Atrium: "New York's New-Music Landscape"


David Rubenstein Atrium

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Nov, 2018

Monday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

How is new music adapting to and challenging contemporary culture? The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner Nadia Sirota and bassoonist / International Contemporary Ensemble co-artistic director Rebekah Heller survey the state of new music in New York City and consider its future. Philharmonic Vice President, External Affairs, Adam Crane moderates.

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Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). Ms. Sirota is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, John Legend, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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Rebekah Heller


Rebekah Heller


Rebekah Heller


Rebekah Heller is a bassoon soloist, collaborative artist, educator, and advocate for new music. As artistic director and bassoonist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ms. Heller has premiered hundreds of new works. Her two solo albums, 100 names and METAFAGOTE, exclusively feature World Premiere recordings of pieces written for and with her by a diverse group of contemporary composers.

Ms. Heller has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Nagoya Philharmonic. In the fall of 2018 she makes her debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing the music of longtime collaborator Ashley Fure. This season sees her continuing to collaborate with a wide array of composers, including Du Yun, Courtney Bryan, and George Lewis, on the stages of MetLiveArts, Miller Theatre, National Sawdust, ISSUE Project Room, and beyond.

Committed to fostering conversations around new ways music can be experienced and shared, Ms. Heller has been a featured panelist at the New York Public Library, Miller Theatre, and the Abrons Arts Center. She has led workshops and given lectures and master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Brown University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, The University of Texas at Austin, and most recently at the Banff Centre’s ICE-led summer program, Ensemble Evolution. As an overseer of ICEcommons, a free, crowdsourced index of newly composed music, Ms. Heller spearheads ICE’s mission of promoting underrepresented voices in contemporary music and diversifying the canon.

Before joining ICE in 2008, Rebekah Heller served as the principal bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony, and has served as a member of the New World Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and The University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Manhattan.

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Adam Crane


Adam Crane



Adam Crane became the New York Philharmonic’s Vice President, External Affairs — a newly created position — in January 2018. In that role he oversees public relations, publications, education, and community engagement for the Orchestra. He previously served as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s senior vice president of external affairs and strategic initiatives, overseeing public relations, publications, education, community partnerships, and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has also served as director of public relations at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and held positions at Universal Music Group in New York and Warner Music Group in Los Angeles. Musical America named Mr. Crane one of its “30 Professionals of the Year: The Influencers” in 2015 and one of its “30 Rising Stars in the Performing Arts” in 2012, and in 2010 he received a St. Louis Business Journal “40 under 40” award. He is the co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Street Symphony, a Los Angeles–based non-profit that promotes onsite outreach concerts for greatly underserved / incarcerated members of the community.

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