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The New York Philharmonic is headed into new musical terrain this week with CONTACT!, a music series that features seven international contemporary composers who created works for the Philharmonic.

CONTACT!, which was created by music director Alan Gilbert, had its first performance last night, December 17, at Symphony Space.

Justin Davidson, who writes on classical music for New York magazine, went to the performance. In this week's Arts File on WQXR, he talks to WNYC's Kerry Nolan about the works he heard by Marc-André DalbavieArthur KampelaArlene Sierra and Lei Liang. The New York Philharmonic performed the pieces.

The next performance of CONTACT! takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 19. In April, there will be another set of concerts featuring the works of conductors Nico Muhly, Matthias Pintscher and Sean Shepherd.

Learn more about the CONTACT! series from Q2 Music by clicking here. Or click below to listen to Janaya Williams of WNYC interview the series conductor, Alan Gilbert, about the series. 

If you still want to learn more, Arlene Sierra, one of the composers of the CONTACT! series discusses her composition below.