March 17, 2016
Rehearsals Begin for New Work Concert
On the New World Symphony’s New Work program on April 30, Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the world premiere of his first original composition in ten years. Titled Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind, and based on Carl Sandburg’s eponymous poem, the work will feature renowned soprano Measha Brueggergosman, backup singers, a bar band and orchestra.
Rehearsal began on Monday, March 14th for another world premiere work on the program by composer Timo Andres for two pianos and two percussionists. The NWS commissioned piece will feature Andres along with Piano Fellow John Wilson, and Percussion Fellows Stephen Kehner and Matthew Howard. (pictured above)
“We were work shopping his piece. We were testing a lot of things. It is not final. It was just a draft,” said Matthew.
Matthew described the first rehearsal as an experiment with different sounds, to see what would work and what wouldn’t. The week leading up the April 30th concert, Andres and the Fellows will rehearse the finalized piece.
A micro-play with music titled Stereo | Blind by playwright Lauren Yee and composer Amy Beth Kirsten will also be featured. This annual showcase of world premieres serves as a forum for exploring new works by some of the most exciting artists, taking advantage of the acoustic and technological capabilities of the state-of-the-art New World Center.