2019 Summer Festival Digest
Jul. 15, 2019
Summer 2019 marks another exciting festival season for our composers. A snapshot of selected festival activities across the globe follows:
Aspen Music Festival
The 2019 Aspen Music Festival features Gustav Holst's Walt Whitman Overture, J.S. Bach's Concerto in D Major, George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F Major and Cuban Overture, Vijay Iyer's Radhe, Radhe: Rites of Holi, a captivating work for chamber ensemble and electronics, Kodaly's Dances from Galanta, and Schuller's 7 Studies on Themes of Paul Klee.
Notable performances at the 2019 BBC Proms include the world premiere of Gavin Bryars's Birthday Variations for M. C. B., performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on August 13 under the direction of Martyn Brabbins, to whom the work is dedicated. Additionally, on July 24, the UK premiere of Peter Eötvös's violin concerto, Alhambra will be performed by Isabelle Faust and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, under the composer's direction. This new work received its first performance at the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada in Spain before touring internationally. The world premieres of Ryan Wigglesworth's Piano Concerto and Huw Watkins's The Moon for chorus and orchestra, will be given on August 28 and August 8 respectively. Finally, on August 26, Jörg Widmann's Babylon Suite receives its UK premiere with the Orchestre de Paris, led by Daniel Harding.
Carlsbad Music Festival
The music of Andrew Norman is featured in a portrait concert on August 2 at the Ana Chapel.
Carmel Bach Festival
Joaquín Rodrigo's beloved Concierto de Aranjuez is performed by Jason Vieaux, guitar and the Festival Orchestra, led by Paul Goodwin.
Des Moines Metro Opera Summer Festival
The 2019 Summer Festival included Alban Berg's Wozzek, effectively arranged for reduced orchestral forces by Erwin Stein.
From August 2-9, Singers from the Young Artist Program and the Glimmerglass Youth Chorus perform Benjamin Britten's Noah's Flood, a charming operatic adaption of a 15th-century play about Noah’s Ark.
Grant Park Music Festival
Performances include Friedrich Gulda's Violin Concerto, George Gershwin's Cuban Overture and Piano Concerto in F Major.
Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center
The International Contemporary Ensemble and soprano, Kate Soper perform Soper's The Ultimate Poem is Abstract, as well as Ann Cleare's teeth of light, tongue of waves on August 3.
From August 19-22, Wolfgang Rihm leads the Lucerne Festival's Composer Seminar designed to encourage “encounters between creative young people and performers.” On August 25, George Benjamin leads the Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Academy in a performance of his work At First Light for orchestra, and Rihm's Jagden und Formen for orchestra. On August 27, saxophonist Jess Gillam and pianist Zeynep Özsuca perform Benjamin Britten's Temporal Variations in concert. George Benjamin leads the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy in a performance of his Palimpsests for orchestra and Wolfgang Rihm's Marsyas for orchestra on September 1.
Composer-in-Residence Hannah Lash's new work for flute and orchestra Fault Lines, receives its world premiere by the Presteigne Festival Orchestra, led by George Vass, and featuring flutist Katherine Bryan. A number of Lash's other works receive their UK premieres. Read more.
On August 24, The Festival Orchestra, led by David Zinman, performs the world premiere of Pierre Jalbert'sLuminous Flux. Read more.
Tanglewood Music Festival
The 2018 Tanglewood Music Festival includes works by a number of our composers including Richard Ayres, Gerald Barry, Chaya Czernowin, George Gershwin, Paul Hindemith, Oliver Knussen, Zoltán Kodaly, György Ligeti, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Richard Wagner. BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès directs the 2019 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. The complete 2019 Tanglewood Festival line-up may be found here.
TIME SPANS FESTIVAL
Running from August 10-28 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC, the 2019 Festival features Chaya Czernowin's HIDDEN performed on August 11 by the JACK Quartet and IRCAM Engineers.
Yellow Barn Music Festival
Jörg Widmann is a 2019 Yellow Barn Music Festival Artist-in-Residence. In addition to leading a masterclass, a number of his works will be performed, including his string quartets. Other works of note include Hans Werner Henze's cantata Being Beuteous and Alexander Goehr's Since Brass, Nor Stone…, a fantasy for string quartet and percussion.