In his latest report from the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, Kravis Emerging Composer Sean Shepherd muses on the "delicate art of programming" and recounts his biennial adventures from the past week, including Beyond Recall at MoMA, which he says "would have been unheard of as a New York Philharmonic presentation when I arrived in New York more than a decade ago, but the growth of CONTACT! has contributed to a new institutional norm: the new music band.... This orchestra is ready for this exhibition."
Check out all of Sean's insightful posts in his Biennial Blog on NewMusic Box, and hear his music June 18–21 when the Philharmonic gives the World Premiere of his Songs, led by Alan Gilbert during The Beethoven Piano Concertos festival with Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman.
There are only three concerts left in the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, which The New York Times calls "perhaps the most ambitious and extensive contemporary-music festival yet overseen by an American orchestra."