Shift toward new music in orchestras’ 2015-16 seasons

Posted on: February 9, 2015

“Change is in the air—with new music becoming a more serious part of the repertoire, as recently announced 2015-16 seasons show,” writes Ronni Reich in Sunday’s (2/8) Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.). “Nowhere is the shift clearer than at Carnegie Hall. Next season, the iconic home for classical music will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the 125 Commissions Project, bringing that many new pieces into the repertoire during the next five years…. Fifty composers will collaborate with the Kronos Quartet, who will be in residence through an initiative called ‘Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire,’ which will feature 10 annual co-commissions between the hall and the quartet.” The Detroit Symphony Orchestra “is poised to rebuild and carve out a niche within the orchestral scene. Six premieres of new work by American composers will be part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s next season,” as previously reported at the Hub. “The New York Philharmonic … will have the vital composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen in residence.” The Philharmonic will feature new works by an additional eight composers. “Perhaps the upcoming season shows smaller inroads than some of us would like to see, but these are still concrete, important steps in an encouraging direction.”

Posted February 9, 2015