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.