For its 35th season in 2015-16, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra will highlight the work of five living composers, four of them women, in tribute to PSO founder Portia Sonnenfeld. The season, billed as “celebrating the creativity of women,” opens on September 27 with Anna Clyne’s The Seamstress for solo violin, featuring Jennifer Koh; also on the program is Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Jing Jing Luo’s Tsao Shu, based on the motions of traditional Chinese calligraphy, will be performed in January. Luo will be in residence at the PSO throughout the season as part of Music Alive: New Partnerships, a program supported by the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw will be featured in March performing as violinist in her own Lo, a violin concerto co-commissioned by the orchestra. A commissioned work by Sarah Kirkland Snider will be featured on a May program that includes works by Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, and Johann Strauss Jr. Clyne, Luo, Shaw, and Snider will each participate in Behind the Music discussions held by the PSO. Founder Portia Sonnenfeld conducted the Princeton Symphony from 1980 until 1986, the year she died. The PSO’s current music director is Rossen Milanov.
Posted June 16, 2015