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On July 14, Festival audiences will get a chance to hear Tim McAllister perform City Noir, a symphonic creation that John Adams wrote in 2009, prominently featuring the alto saxophone. It will be conducted by Adams, who is serving as the Festival’s composer-in-residence and co-curator of its Music of Today series.
The Attacca Quartet makes its Colorado Music Festival debut July 12, presenting a concert of all contemporary music as part of the summer event’s Music of Today and Robert Mann Chamber Music series.
This year’s edition of the Music of Today series runs July 12-17 and puts an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. It features works by more than a dozen living composers ranging from such well-established masters like Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov to up-and-comers Stacy Garrop and 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw to cross-genre talents like Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus, a Los Angeles DJ and rapper.
Music Director Peter Oundjian sat down with composer Wang Jie to discuss her “Flying on the Scaly Backs of Our Mountains,” a brand new piece of music which the Festival will premiere on August 4, 2022.
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The acclaimed Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic, makes his mark on Chautauqua Auditorium on August 4. The orchestral centerpiece of the show is Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite — an exciting and dramatic musical fairytale drawn from generations of folklore.
“I’m just honestly seeking out masterworks from all eras and all styles,” Lark said. “It’s pretty common now to hear from musicians of my generation and later that people are over the term ‘genre.’ I look for music that I fall in love with and that has a deep message.”
His big breakthrough came in 2018 when he won both first prize and the audience prize at the Malko Competition in Copenhagen, an international conducting contest that the symphonic world follows closely for new talent. “I can measure everything before that and everything after that as two completely times in my life,” Bancroft said.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream — including its famous Wedding March — with help from actor John de Lancie and more.