“Upholding in the next season an unbroken record, Berkeley Symphony continues its tradition of championing new music, started during decades of Kent Nagano’s direction, beginning in 1978, and now for the fifth year under Joana Carneiro,” writes Janos Gereben in Tuesday’s (4/1) San Francisco Classical Voice. “The orchestra’s 2014-2015 will feature world premieres by British composer Oscar Bettison (Sea Shaped) and homie Jake Heggie (a full-orchestra version of Camille Claudel: Into the Fire, with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke); the mighty choruses from the opera of another ‘local composer,’ John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer; the Bay Area premiere of Thomas Adès’ Asyla…. Berkeley Symphony continues its Under Construction program in collaboration with Earshot, the national orchestral discovery network, administered by the American Composers Orchestra with partner organizations American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. Public readings of new symphonic works by the composers selected to participate in this program will take place on May 2-3, 2015 at Osher Studio in Berkeley.” Also planned are Mozart’s Requiem, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4.
Posted April 2, 2014