Albany Symphony commissions ten composers in digital “Hot w/Mustard” series

Posted on: August 4, 2020

“Ten freshly commissioned works by emerging American composers will be performed online in ‘Hot w/Mustard,’ a new digital series from the Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire,” the orchestra’s 18-member new-music ensemble, writes Amy Biancolli in Wednesday’s (7/29) Times Union (Albany, N.Y.). “Works by Annika Socolofsky, Andre Myers, Paul Mortilla, Clarice Assad and others … will be performed [in the] free series [which] kicks off Sunday evening, Aug. 2, with Alexis Lamb’s ‘Look Through,’ a piece exploring points of view, the events of this past May and a quote from Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden.’ Other … composers include Carlos Bandera, Derrick Spiva, Gala Flagello, Nina Shekhar and Jack Frerer…. According to Albany Symphony music director David Alan Miller, the series was created to serve … first, ‘our beautiful, emerging composers’ who find themselves ‘with a lot less to do’ in the midst of COVID-19. The second is the symphony’s musicians who … ‘are really in incredibly challenging financial straits.’ The third, he said, is … audiences in the Capital Region and beyond…. Musicians and composers worked remotely… Performances will be premiered at 6 p.m. each Sunday on albanysymphony.com and the orchestra’s social media channels [and] include interviews with performers and composers.”