Orchestra of the League of Composers to appear in
concert at Columbia University's Miller Theatre

Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM
New York Premiere by Martin Boykan

World Premieres by
Louis Karchin and Friedrich Heinrich Kern

Music by Thea Musgrave in honor of the
composer's 90th birthday

New York, NY -- May 2, 2019 The League of Composers/ISCM — the nation’s oldest organization devoted to contemporary music — will present the Orchestra of the League of Composers performing World Premieres by Louis Karchin (United States, b. 1951)
and Friedrich Heinrich Kern (German, b. 1980); a New York Premiere by Martin Boykan (United States, b. 1931); and music by Thea Musgrave (United Kingdom,
b. 1928) in honor of the composer's 90th birthday. 

The concert will take place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre at 7:30 p.m . Louis Karchin, music director of the Orchestra of the League of Composers, conducts, with guest conductor David Fulmer leading the Boykan work. All of the composers will be
in attendance.
Program & Tickets
Orchestra of the League of Composers

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 7:30 PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Louis Karchin, Music Director and Conductor
David Fulmer, Conductor
Heather Buck, Soprano
Curtis Macomber, Violin soloist

Martin Boykan: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Louis Karchin: Four Songs on Poems on Seamus Heaney
Friedrich Heinrich Kern: Von Taufedern und Sternen (Of Dew Feathers and Stars )
Thea Musgrave: Aurora , for string orchestra

General Admission $30, Students/Seniors $15
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at http://bit.ly/league2019
From left to right, clockwise: composers Martin Boykan, Thea Musgrave, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, Louis Karchin
About the Program
This will be the New York premiere of Martin Boykan ’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra , a landmark work by this composer. The piece unfolds in a musical narrative that extends across three movements, from the private, meditative world of the opening to the public, celebratory finale. Inspired by the dialogues of the Baroque between soloist and orchestra, the concerto takes it cue from a lyric opening solo phrase set against the unyielding beat of the orchestra.  Musicologist and composer George Perle described the concerto as "a synthesis of all we have cherished." The piece will feature violin soloist Curtis Macomber and will be conducted by guest conductor David Fulmer .

The world premiere of the orchestral version of Louis Karchin ’s Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney is a collection of “sonic paintings” of evocative poems by the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet of the title. One poem is a description of an unusual and exotic percussion instrument, a rainstick, set to music evoking an Irish jig; the last song is a tranquil evocation of a picturesque harbor shimmering in the sunset. This is Mr. Karchin’s first work to be presented by the Orchestra in its Miller Theatre series, and it will feature soprano Heather Buck .
Composer and glass harmonica player Friedrich Heinrich Kern   joins the Orchestra to premiere Von Taufedern und Sternen (Of Dew Feathers and Stars ), a collaboration with German poet Jörg Martin Hartmann, featuring soprano Heather Buck. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the ethereal colors of sounding glass rooted in a modern revisit of the orchestral song and follows Mr. Kern’s highly praised solo appearance on glass harmonica at last year’s Mostly Mozart Festival at David Geffen Hall.  .

The Orchestra performs Thea Musgrave s Aurora in honor of the composer’s 90th birthday. The title of the work, commissioned by the Coburn School of Performing Arts for its young musicians, is meant to reflect the musical potential and burgeoning of young talent. It is inspired by imagery in Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” specifically: “yonder shines Aurora’s harbinger, At whose approach, ghosts, wandering here and there, troop home to church yards...” The music follows this narrative, with the music starting mysteriously, even tentatively, and building to a gradual crescendo, touching on a brief moment of darkness and closing with a full and joyous coda.
About the Orchestra of the League
of Composers
Since 2009, the Orchestra of the League of Composers has presented concerts of the newest music of our time under the auspices of its parent organization, the League-ISCM. Founded in 2009 by then-ISCM president David Gordon, flutist Sue Ann Kahn, and composer and conductor Louis Karchin, the orchestra debuted at Miller Theatre in a program of works by Elliott Carter, Christopher Dietz, Julia Wolfe, Charles Wuorinen, and Alvin Singleton. The orchestra has commissioned and premiered eleven new works and presented 22 New York or world premieres, and it has been particularly active in promoting the late, ground- breaking works of Elliott Carter. At its debut, The New York Times wrote, “The orchestra, expertly conducted by the composer Louis Karchin, sounded terrific in this varied and demanding program." T he League’s 2010 season finale was praised by the Times for its “boundary-erasing sprit” and “stylistically omnivorous programming,” and in 2016, the orchestra was honored to perform as part of the NY Phil Biennial.
The League of Composers , created in 1923, is the nation’s oldest organization devoted to contemporary music. The League draws on a remarkably rich history, including such groundbreaking premieres as Schönberg’s Die Glückliche Hand , Béla Bartók’s Village Scenes , Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and Anton Webern’s Symphony for Chamber Orchestra. The League also sponsored the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps , many pieces by Aaron Copland, György Ligeti’s Horn Trio, and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlequin. 

The League of Composers/ISCM seeks to have 20th and 21st-century music play a more prominent role and obtain a more appreciated place in the lives of the concert music-loving public. The League’s mission is to engage audiences by presenting performances of new music of the highest caliber written by emerging and established living composers in the context of 20th and 21st-century masterpieces.
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