January 22, 2013
Spring For Music is delighted to announce the programming for the 2014 festival at Carnegie Hall May 5-11, 2014. This season, featuring seven New York premieres, will mark the fourth and final installment of the festival. “Adventure is king in Spring For Music, which chooses North American orchestras chiefly on the basis of the coherence, inventiveness and panache of the programs they submit,” The New York Times has said of the Spring For Music festival.
Monday, May 5, 2014
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, music director
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Requiem (NY Premiere)
Baritone soloist, TBA Westminster Symphonic Choir Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ludovic Morlot, music director
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: Become Ocean (NY Premiere) EDGARD VARÈSE: Déserts
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: La mer
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Christie, conductor
HOWARD HANSON: Merry Mount (complete concert performance)
with singers from the Eastman School of Music Opera Department
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Mickelthwate, music director
DEREK CHARKE: Thirteen Inuit Throat Song Games (NY Premiere)
Tanya Tagaq, Throat Singer
VINCENT HO: The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (NY Premiere)
Dame Evelyn Glennie, Percussion
R. MURRAY SCHAFER: Symphony No. 1 (NY Premiere)
Friday, May 9, 2014
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May
James Conlon, Cincinnati May Festival music director
JOHN ADAMS: Harmonium
R. NATHANIEL DETT: The Ordering of Moses (NY Premiere)
May Festival Chorus
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, music director
FRANCIS POULENC: Final Scene from Dialogues of the Carmelites
JAMES MACMILLAN: Woman of the Apocalypse (NY Premiere)
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Requiem and Death in Words and Music
The memorial service that might have been: the music that Mozart completed for the Requiem, interspersed with other music that he composed, for mourning, readings, chant and bells.
Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Betsy Burleigh, Music Director
Spring For Music is a four-year festival at Carnegie Hall, celebrating and exhibiting the quality and creativity of North American orchestras. During its inaugural season, Spring For Music was categorized by the press as “bold,” “gripping,” “vibrant,” “inspired,” “virtuosic,” and “brilliant.” The New Yorker hailed it as “fresh at every turn,” while The New York Times stated that Spring For Music gives “power to the listener.” The festival, which is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall, began in 2011. Tickets are $25 for any seat in the house.
Spring For Music firmly believes that great musical ideas and great concert programs are essential to the success of orchestras. The festival allows participating orchestras to showcase their artistic philosophies through distinctive and adventurous programming in one of the world’s most competitive musical environments. Spring For Music is an experiment: an idea to take risks, explore new territory, and build involvement. In past years, Spring For Music created two web initiatives in addition to its concert activities: the Fantasy Program and the Great Arts Blogger Challenge. Spring For Music’s Fantasy Program contest asked users to post a hypothetical program for orchestra online. Just like the Spring For Music orchestras, participants made a case for their programs.
Visitors to the Spring For Music website commented and voted fantasy programs up and down. Spring For Music’s Great Arts Blogger Challenge sought out the internet’s best arts bloggers. The festival posted a series of prompts about the larger arts community and challenged bloggers to respond. Forty-two blogs participated and thousands of votes were cast. After a mix of voting by the public and the three official judges, Trying to Remain Operational was declared the winning blog. Blogger Jennifer Rivera received $2,500 and six pairs of tickets to the Spring For Music festival. She writes about winning the contest here.
Spring For Music alumni orchestras: Albany Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oregon
Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
The Spring For Music 2013 participants are Albany Symphony (returning), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra.
For more information, or to request press tickets to Spring For Music, please contact:
First Chair Promotion