Louisiana Philharmonic to pair new work with Beethoven symphony

Posted on: March 2, 2009

In Saturday’s (2/28) Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Chris Waddington writes that the Louisiana Philharmonic is poised to complete a cycle of all of Beethoven’s symphonies, under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto. This season’s programming has also included many new works, however. “The next pairing sets Beethoven’s grand Symphony No. 7 in company with ‘The Oceanides’ of Sibelius and a new piano concerto from Lowell Liebermann, a 48-year-old New Yorker who burst into the limelight at age 16 when he performed his first piano sonata at Carnegie Hall. … Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 3 will be performed by pianist Jeffrey Biegel, a soloist who has taken an active, entrepreneurial interest in the commissioning of new works. Biegel assembled a consortium of orchestras, including the LPO, to commission the Liebermann piece. The LPO will be the 17th group to present the work with Biegel at the keyboard.” Biegel notes that a consortium commissioning model means most orchestras don’t get to “premiere” the work, but it addresses the problem that many new works don’t get repeat performances after the premiere.