Review: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra premieres League’s Women Composers Commission

Posted on: February 6, 2018

“Music Director Matthew Kraemer led the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra on Jan. 27 in a concert of collaboration and celebration in a wonderfully varied concert,” writes Chantal Incandela in Wednesday’s (1/3) (Indianapolis). “The ICO was chosen by the League of American Orchestras for their Women Composers Commissions Program, and gave a world premiere of Chen-Hui Jen’s in eternal dusk. This captivating piece started out with a mysterious air, with the bass drum and double basses, and then other instruments adding on at different intervals, and never finding a conventional resolution to them. While Kraemer was clearly conducting, the work seemed to have no time to it. The usual idea of phrases that we are used to hearing didn’t exist, yet I was still trying to listen for them; it was surreal and engaging. The second collaboration of the night was with 2013 America Pianist Award winner Sean Chen, in Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra, which also features a small, yet not insignificant solo trumpet part, that was played by John Rommel.… Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, known as the Jupiter Symphony, rounded the evening out.” The League of American Orchestras’ Women Composers Readings and Commissions program is administered with the American Composers Orchestra and EarShot and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Posted February 6, 2018