Listen: Four 'New York Stories' World Premieres at 2015 SONiC Festival

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

WNYC's John Schaefer interviews composer Judd Greenstein at Brookfield Place October 16, 2015 (SONiC Festival)

Friday, Oct. 16, the 2015 SONiC Festival presented four world premieres for orchestra at Brookfield Place in a program titled "New York Stories." Conductor George Manahan led the American Composers Orchestra and special guests The Crossing, JACK Quartet and DM Stith. The event was hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer (New Sounds).

The evening’s mash-up of styles and sonorities opened with Angélica Negrón’s acoustic and mechanical instrument orchestra work, Me He Perdido (I've Gotten Lost). Next was Andy Akiho’s steel pan percussion-colored Tarnished Mirrors and Alex Mincek's Continuo – a concerto for JACK Quartet and orchestra. The evening concluded with Judd Greenstein’s setting of Walt Whitman’s “Manhatta” and “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” with the singer DM Stith.

Program:

Angélica Negrón - Me He Perdido (I've Gotten Lost)

Andy Akiho - Tarnished Mirrors

Alex Mincek - Continuo

Judd Greenstein - My City

This performance was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jeremy Kinney.

The American Composers Orchestra’s inaugural SONiC Festival, presented in 2011, was hailed as "a brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium" (The Guardian). The second edition returned in 2015 with over 20 world premieres, and music from over 80 composers age 40 and under at venues across New York City. Q2 Music is the digital media partner of the SONiC Festival, and all concerts will be available for on-demand streaming at q2music.org.

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