Bruce Levingston and Brooklyn Rider Celebrate The Premiere Commission's 10th Anniversary

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On February 13, the NYC-based Premiere Commission organization celebrated its 10th anniversary of promoting new music with a performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Pianist Bruce Levingston, the founder of Premiere Commission, was joined by Brooklyn Rider for an evening largely comprised of former and current commissions by the organization.

Beginning with City Lights, an aria originally sponsored in 2004 by Premiere Commission for Pulitzer-prize winner William Bolcom (though presented here as as a solo piano piece) the evening featured composer-pianist Kimball Gallagher performing his Four Preludes, and Lisa Bielawa with Brooklyn Rider in performance of her Graffiti dell'amante. Brooklyn Rider paid homage to Philip Glass by performing his Suite from Bent and Bruce Livingston offered a tender performance of Augusta Gross's solo piano work Toward Night, before being joined by Brooklyn Rider's Colin Jacobson for a fragmented take on Silent Night.

The evening was fittingly rounded out by two world premieres: Bielawa's Rondolette for piano quintet and Christopher Tignor's South by Southwest, for piano with electronics.

Bolcom: City Lights

Gallagher: Four Preludes

Purcell: The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation

Bielawa: Graffiti dell'amante

Glass: Suite from Bent

Gross: Toward Night

Schnittke: Silent Night

Bielawa: Rondolette

Tignor: South by Southwest