On Tuesday, April 9 at 8 pm on New York Now, Q2 Music streams the next installment of the New York Philharmonic's touchstone new-music series CONTACT!, with premieres of works by four Europe-based composers: Korea's Berlin-based Unsuk Chin, Denmark's Poul Ruders, France's Yann Robin and Sweden's Anders Hillborg.
After lending the podium to composer-conductor Jayce Ogren for December's CONTACT!, conductor Alan Gilbert returns to lead the Phil in U.S. premieres of Poul Ruders's Oboe Concerto with soloist Liang Wang and Unsuk Chin's Gougalōn, a work inspired by "her childhood memories of street entertainment in Seoul following the Korean War," according to the orchestra.
Yann Robin's explains that his Backdraft, a NY Phil co-Commission receiving its U.S. premiere, "follows in the continuity of pieces making metamorphic references to fire, that element often associated with volcanoes;" while orchestra composer-in-residence Christopher Rouse describes the final piece, Anders Hillborg's Vaporized Tivoli, as "Hillbord at his wildest."
The concerts take place on Friday, April 5 at 7 pm at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Saturday, April 6 at 8 at Peter Norton Symphony Space. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts the Friday performance; Alan Gilbert and Christopher Rouse co-host on Saturday.