The 2019-2020 season sees dynamic presentations of new works by today’s leading composers, with significant premieres from John Adams, Anna Clyne, Brett Dean, Steven Mackey, and more.
See below for premieres and other highlights of the season, organized by composer, in North and South America. For season highlights taking place in Europe, Asia and Australasia, click here.
Adams kicks off the concert season with the world premiere of I Still Dance, a propulsive concert opener written for longtime collaborator and friend Michael Tilson Thomas. The work premieres in September with the San Francisco Symphony, then travels to Amsterdam, New York, and London in March 2020.
Adams’s new piano concerto for Yuja Wang and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, continues to travel around the world during its first year—hitting Edinburgh, London, New York City, Paris, Amsterdam, St. Louis, and Seattle this season; and introducing Jeremy Denk and Vikungur Olafssen as new piano soloists along the way.
> Sep 19-22: I Still Dance (WORLD PREMIERE) with San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas at Davies Symphony Hall
> Nov 25: Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (NY PREMIERE) with Yuja Wang, piano; Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel at Lincoln Center
> Mar 18: I Still Dance (NY PREMIERE) with San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall
> Mar 27-28: Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? with Jeremy Denk, piano; St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and John Adams at Powell Hall
> Apr 16-19: Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, City Noir, Short Ride in a Fast Machine with Jeremy Denk, piano; Seattle Symphony and John Adams at Benaroya Hall
Last October, Jaap van Zweden and New York Philharmonic gave the world premiere of Agamemnon, a stand-out orchestral work by Andriessen. Following critical acclaim, van Zweden brings the Greek mythology-inspired work to The Cleveland Orchestra this October.
> Oct 17-19: Agamemnon with The Cleveland Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden at Severance Hall
Bettison’s Remaking a Forest, a new orchestral work that explores the ideas of transformation and renewal, receives its world premiere with the Oregon Symphony this fall. In the spring, Miller Theatre’s renowned Composer Portrait series spotlights Oscar Bettison on a program that includes the New York premiere of his 2018 violin concerto, Pale Icons of Night.
> Sep 27-30: Remaking a Forest (WORLD PREMIERE) with Oregon Symphony and Carlos Kalmar at Smith Auditorium and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
> Feb 20: Miller Theatre Composer Portrait, featuring Pale Icons of Night (NY PREMIERE) and Livre des Sauvages with Courtney Orlando, violin; Alarm Will Sound and Alan Pierson at Miller Theatre
Chen’s acclaimed 2017 violin concerto La joie de la souffrance travels from Russia and Armenia to Newark, New Jersey, this fall. Soloist Ning Feng gives the North American premiere of the work with the New Jersey Symphony and conductor Xian Zhang before traveling to Hong Kong to perform the piece with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Long Yu.
> Nov 7, 9-10: La joie de la souffrance (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) with Ning Fen, violin; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Xian Zhang at NJPAC
The New York Philharmonic spotlights Unsuk Chin, recipient of its Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music. The orchestra performs her 2009 sheng concerto, Šu, in three concerts this fall featuring soloist Wu Wei, who originally premiered and recorded the work.
> Oct 18-19, 22: Šu with Wu Wei, sheng; New York Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki at David Geffen Hall
This Midnight Hour, a colorful symphonic opener that evokes poetry by Juan Ramón Jiménez and Charles Baudelaire, is performed this season by orchestras across 14 different cities around the world, including three of Americas top orchestras: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Additional highlights include the North American premiere of Restless Oceans with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, plus a brand new chamber work written for the Calidore String Quartet. Also of note, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Pekka Kuusisto, premieres Clyne’s Sound and Fury this fall in Edinburgh.
> Jan 18: This Midnight Hour with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Stéphane Denève at Powell Hall
> Feb 20: New Work with Calidore String Quartet at Princeton University
> Feb 21-22: This Midnight Hour with Minnesota Orchestra and Eivind Gullberg Jensen at Orchestra Hall
> Apr 17-18: This Midnight Hour with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Stéphane Denève at Verizon Hall
> April 30: New Work with Calidore String Quartet, presented by Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center
> Apr 30-May 3: Restless Oceans (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop at Strathmore Music Hall and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Currier’s Track 8, a large-scale, four-movement work for orchestra, is an impressive contribution to Beethoven 2020 celebrations across the globe. Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the new work is inspired by Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and premieres in April 2020.
> Apr 3-4: Track 8 (WORLD PREMIERE) Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée at Music Hall/Cincinnati
Brett Dean’s critically acclaimed Cello Concerto from 2018 debuts in the US with performances by The Minnesota Orchestra and New York Philharmonic this fall and winter, respectively. The work was written for cellist Alban Gerhardt, whose playing Dean knows intimately through their chamber music collaborations.
Additionally, the Doric String Quartet gives the North American premiere of Dean’s String Quartet No. 3 at Carnegie Hall, following performances of the work at Musica Viva Australia, Edinburgh International Festival, and the Berlin Konzerthaus.
> Nov 14-16: Cello Concerto (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) with Alban Gerhardt, cello; The Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
> Jan 30-31: Cello Concerto (NY PREMIERE) with Alban Gerhardt; New York Philharmonic and Simone Young at David Geffen Hall
> Feb 6: String Quartet No.3 (“Hidden Agendas”) (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) with Doric String Quartet at Carnegie Hall
Bernd Richard Deutsch
Last season, The Cleveland Orchestra introduced Bernd Richard Deutsch’s brand of colorful, virtuosic orchestral writing to its audiences with his organ concerto, Okeanos. This season, as the orchestra’s Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow, Deutsch has composed a new work styled as a concerto for orchestra, to be premiered in May, conducted by fellow Austrian Franz Welser-Möst.
> May 28-31: New Work (WORLD PREMIERE) with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst at Severance Hall
Written in 1954, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah ranks as one of the most performed American operas today, exploring themes that continue to resonate powerfully with modern-day audiences: power, privilege, and suppression of victims’ voices. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis stages a new production directed by Patricia Racette—a celebrated Susannah herself—and starring soprano Susanna Phillips in the title role and conductor Gemma New at the podium.
> Jun 13-27: Susannah with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; featuring Susanna Phillips, soprano, Gemma New, conductor, and Patricia Racette, director
Andris Nelsons conducts first performances this season of Gruber’s new suite from his acclaimed opera Tales from the Vienna Woods. Co-commissioned by Nelsons’s two orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Symphony Orchestra, Short Stories from the Vienna Woods debuts in Boston and New York in April.
> Apr 2-4: SHORT STORIES from 'Tales from the Vienna Woods' (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall, Boston
> Apr 14: Short Stories from the Vienna Woods (NY PREMIERE) with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons at Carnegie Hall
This season brings first performances of Miserere: Songs of Mercy and Redemption, Karl Jenkins's new work for soloists, choir, and strings. DCINY, led by Jonathan Griffith, gives the North American premiere at Carnegie Hall in a concert dedicated to the music of Jenkins, who turned 75 this year.
> Jan 20: Miserere (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) & The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace with Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, Distinguished Concerts Singers International, and Jonathan Griffith at Carnegie Hall
Lindberg’s Two Episodes was originally written to prepare the way for the startling opening of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, evoking the bold sounds and energy of Beethoven’s first movement, as well as the beauty of the slow movement. Dalia Stasevska leads the Dallas Symphony in the North American premiere of this work.
> May 7-9: Two Episodes (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) with Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dalia Stasevska at Meyerson Symphony Center
David T. Little
This May, David T. Little’s acclaimed monodrama Soldier Songs is presented by Chicago Opera Theater, starring Nathan Gunn. The multimedia evening-length work poetically traces the shifting perceptions of war at a soldier’s different stages of life, from childhood to old age.
> May 14-17: Soldier Songs, Nathan Gunn, voice; Chicago Opera Theater and Lidiya Yankovskaya at Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
A Different Drummer for timpani and orchestra receives its world premiere with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Gemma New, featuring DSO principal timpanist Brian Jones as the soloist. The concerto premieres in November, followed by its European premiere on March 24 in Paris with Orchestre national d’Ile de France.
> Nov 8-10: A Different Drummer (WORLD PREMIERE) with Brian Jones, timpani; Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Gemma New at Meyerson Symphony Center
As part of its White Light Festival, Lincoln Center presents an all-MacMillan program with the Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, featuring the North American premieres of MacMillan’s haunting Miserere and his monumental new Stabat Mater—the first musical work ever to be livestreamed from the Sistine Chapel.
> Nov 7: Miserere (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) and Stabat Mater (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) with the Britten Sinfonia, The Sixteen, and Harry Christophers at Lincoln Center
Reich’s recent works of the past year, Music for Ensemble and Orchestra and Reich/Richter, continue to tour worldwide. In stateside presentations, the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden give the New York premiere of Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, Reich’s first orchestral work in over 30 years. In California, the LA Phil New Music Group, led by Brad Lubman, perform an all-Reich concert that includes the West coast premiere of Reich/Richter, a film project collaboration with artist Gerhard Richter that premiered last April at The Shed.
> Dec 5-7: Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (NY PREMIERE) with New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden at David Geffen Hall
> Jun 6: Double Sextet, Runner, and Reich/Richter (WEST COAST PREMIERE) with LA Phil New Music Group and Brad Lubman at Walt Disney Concert Hall
America’s great symphonist Christopher Rouse has written a Sixth Symphony—a 25-minute, four-movement work that premieres in October with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In the spring, Rouse’s recent Bassoon Concerto is presented by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, one of the work’s co-commissioners, featuring principal bassoonist Robert Wagner as soloist.
> Oct 18-19: Symphony No. 6 (WORLD PREMIERE) with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée at Music Hall
> Mar 26-29: Bassoon Concerto with Robert Wagner, bassoon; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Xian Zhang at NJPAC
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