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The Next Festival String Orchestra Featuring Seth Parker Woods

Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Jun 08 | Sat |
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Two-time GRAMMY nominee Seth Parker Woods, "a cellist of power and grace" (The Guardian), joins The Next Festival of Emerging Artists for a program of breathtaking scope showcasing the finest in contemporary music. Founder and Artistic Director Peter Askim leads a string orchestra composed of some of the world's foremost early-career string players in the world premiere of three new commissions: Essay #1: Leave the People — a searing exaltation of Black American Music by four-time GRAMMY nominee Curtis Stewart — and new works by Askim and GRAMMY-winning trumpeter and composer Michael R. Dudley.

The evening concludes with Herencia, a deeply personal ode to hybrid cultural identity by composer-cellist Andrea Casarrubios and the East Coast Premiere of the shape-shifting Ire: Concerto for Cello, Strings, and Percussion by Rebecca Saunders with Woods as soloist.

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The Next Festival of Emerging Artists Peter Askim, Artistic Director and Conductor Seth Parker Woods, Cello

CURTIS STEWART - Essay #1 (World Premiere) MICHAEL DUDLEY JR. - New Work (World Premiere) PETER ASKIM - New Work (World Premiere) REBECCA SAUNDERS - Ire: Concerto for Violoncello, Strings, and Percussion (Seth Parker Woods, Cello Soloist) ANDREA CASARRUBIOS - Herencia

Venue: Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center

129 West 67th Street Map