Tanglewood FCM 2017 Highlights (Pt. 1)

This year’s Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood (in Lenox, Massachusetts) was curated by three youngish stars of the new music community: pianist Jacob Greenberg (ICE), cellist Kathryn Bates (Del Sol Quartet), and violist Nadia Sirota (Q2, ACME). Each planned a chamber music concert, consisting of commissioned new works and contemporary repertory selections. The curatorsContinue reading “Tanglewood FCM 2017 Highlights (Pt. 1)”

7/23: Pierrot plus Percussion at Tanglewood

The Pierrot Ensemble, named after Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and consisting of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, has, since its inception, been a signature assembly for contemporary music. The preferred version of the ensemble also includes a percussionist: the “Pierrot plus Percussion” grouping is the default core membership for many new music groups. Even afterContinue reading “7/23: Pierrot plus Percussion at Tanglewood”

Tanglewood 2014

The BSO announced its 2014 Tanglewood season today. The 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music is a potpourri – a single work per composer year instead of focusing on a few figures. Co-curated by Michael Gandolfi and John Harbison, the programmed composers include Perle, Rands, Druckman, Mackey, Lash, Cheung, and Soper. Most exciting: Sessions’ Concerto forContinue reading “Tanglewood 2014”