Christopher Cerrone (CRF 2012, Juror) has seven premieres coming up.
This Saturday, March 26, Anthony Demare will perform the long-delayed “Kiss Me,” a song by the late, great Stephen Sondheim, reimagined for piano and electronics at Merkin Hall in New York.
On April 6, Cerrone is curating a concert with the Phoenix Symphony under the baton of Tito Munoz, where they will give the world premiere of The Age of Wire and String, a new 18-minute orchestral work written between 2019 and 2022, along with a series of other music by musician friends that Cerrone chose around the theme of musical borrowing.
On April 10, the orchestra and choir of North Carolina State will give the premiere of What Divine Instrument, a short work for choir and orchestra (based on a short text by Bashō) that they commissioned to be performed virtually over the pandemic and are now premiering live with a brand new film by filmmaker Danie Harris. They’ll also perform the last movement of The Branch Will Not Break in the same concert.
On April 23, Adam Tendler will premiere Area of Refuge, a short piano piece he commissioned as part of his inheritances project. The project is created in memory of his father, and Cerrone’s piece is written in memory of his own father. The piece is being presented by Liquid Music in Minneapolis.
On April 30, Donald Nally leads the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs in the premiere of The Last Message at Pick-Staiger Auditorium at 7:30 pm (Donald and Cerrone will do a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm). This piece, delayed since 2020, features text taken from the tumblr of the same name, fashioned by Cerrone’s ongoing collaborator, Stephanie Fleischmann.
And finally, on June 4-5, also in LA, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra premieres a brand new Clarinet Quintet, co-commissioned by Omega Ensemble (who will give the Australian premiere at the Sydney Opera House and in Melbourne in September), Third Angle New Music, and Chatter ABQ.