CONTACT! 2010 CONTACT! 2010 (Images Courtesy of New York Philharmonic)

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's New Music Series in 2010

Building upon its debut installment in 2009, New York Philharmonic's New Music series CONTACT! enters its second annual edition this November with a concert featuring spectralist composer Gérard Grisey and the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Souvenir (in memoriam Gérard Grisey). Music director Alan Gilbert conducts.

Q2 is pleased to present three Web casts of the complete concert: on Wednesday Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., Saturday Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday Nov. 30 at 4 p.m.

WNYC's John Schaefer hosts the opening November 19 CONTACT! concert from Symphony Space, while Alan Gilbert directs both the musical and conversational portions on the November 20 evening from the MET Museum. Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg joins the hosts on stage to explain his affinity for the music of the French avant-gardist Grisey, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 52 and under whom Lindberg studied while a student in Paris in the '80s.

In addition to the webcasts, Q2 will also be hosting an ongoing online forum for bloggers and music journalists both in real-time, as they live Tweet the opening concert at #nyphilcontact, and also after subsequent reflection through print and online media. Get an idea of the range of opinions in the blogging community from last year's CONTACT!.

In a 1996 interview with David Bundler in 20th Century Music, Grisey defines spectralism: "Spectralism is not a system. It’s not a system like serial music or even tonal music. It’s an attitude. It considers sounds, not as dead objects that you can easily and arbitrarily permutate in all directions, but as being like living objects with a birth, lifetime and death."

The second episode of this season's CONTACT! couples the U.S. Premiere of Julian Anderson's Comedy of Change with World Premieres by New York Philharmonic commissionees James Matheson and Jay Alan Yim.

Review: And Death Shall Have Four Dominions

Monday, November 29, 2010

I had never heard of Gérard Grisey and knew nothing about his Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold. Yet I had heard his music a month before it was performed .


Review: The New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT Live 11/19/10

Monday, November 29, 2010

We’re liveblogging from New York’s Symphony Space tonight. Latest updates at the bottom of the page. In a minute or two, what looks like a roughly fifteen-piece ensemble of the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert will open this fall’s first concert of their new music series CONTACT that began so auspiciously last year. First piece on the bill is a world premiere by the NY Phil’s composer-in-residence, Magnus Lindberg titled Souvenir (In Memoriam Gerard Grisey). They’ll follow that with Grisey’s final work, the suite Quatre Chants Pour Franchir le Seuil, featuring soprano Barbara Hannigan.