Get In CONTACT! with Nico Muhly

Redux of the New York Philharmonic's New Music Series

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pre-game for this weekend's New York Philharmonic CONTACT! series by listening to composer and CONTACT! alum Nico Muhly host a witch's brew of selections from the New Music series, featuring seven world premieres commissioned by the orchestra.

Alan Gilbert conducts the NYP through some heart-stopping works by the exciting young cast of Lei Liang, Marc-André Dalbavie, Arthur Kampela, Arlene Sierra, Matthias Pintscher, Sean Shepherd and Muhly himself.

Featured in the episode is Chinese-born Lei Liang’s Verge for string orchestra. You can hear a textural know-how in his writing that evokes electronic music without the use of electronics, all while echoing a ritual of the distant past. Not surprisingly, he studied with the early electronic music pioneer, Mario Davidovsky, who also knew a thing or two about channeling electronic sound with only acoustic instruments. The program begins with Verge on Sunday, December 19 at 2 p.m., so don't be late.

Hosted by:

Nico Muhly

Comments [3]

Thanks, Mr Anderson.

Dec. 19 2010 06:18 PM

Couldn't agree more with what you're saying, Richard. Nico walking us through Lei Liang's Verge? It's like being introduced to new literature by Damon Galgut or Tristan Garcia. This is why Q2 is the gamiest game in town. (Nico, welcome back!)

Dec. 19 2010 02:18 PM

This is what it is all about, folks: NYPhil-NIco-Maestro Gilbert- it's like a prism focusing down a hot white spotlight on New Music, and it only happens in NYC and only at Q2.

Dec. 19 2010 12:43 PM

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