Late Tuesday (11/3) on the blog South Florida Classical Review, David Fleshler writes, “The contemporary music scene of New York comes to Miami Beach this weekend, as the New World Symphony adds an electric guitar to its roster for a performance of works by three of the city’s most prominent living composers. … They are all leaders—and two are founders—of New York’s renowned Bang on a Can collective, which puts on festivals that blend classical, rock, world music and jazz. … The biggest work on the program is a 30-minute film symphony called Gotham, an exploration of New York City, by Michael Gordon … Gotham is performed along with filmed still and video images of New York by the film maker Bill Morrison, although the music was composed before the film. The three-movement work, which uses an orchestra, piano, electric guitar and electric bass, will accompany images—some vintage, some deteriorated—that show the history, energy and endless change and reinvention of the city.” The program, led by Jeffrey Milarsky, also is rounded out by David Lang’s Pierced and Evan Ziporyn’s War Chant.
Posted November 4, 2009