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Douglas J. Cuomo's a raft, the sky, the wild sea Premiered by Joe Lovano and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 11, 2022

Joe Lovano and The Fort Worth Symphony, under the baton of Robert Spano, perform the world premiere performances of Douglas J. Cuomo's concerto for improvising tenor saxophone and orchestra, a raft, the sky, the wild sea on October 14-16 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. Douglas J. Cuomo describes his new composition,

"The central inspiration for this work is the idea of a journey through the unknown, expressed in two ways. On an intimate level it reflects an individual spiritual exploration; on a global level it grapples with the realities faced by the millions of children, women, and men throughout the world who are forced to flee their homelands in search of a better life."

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Joshua Weilerstein, performs the UK premiere of a raft, the sky, the wild on November 2 at the Royal Festival Hall. The Winston-Salem Orchestra, the third co-commissioner of the concerto, will perform the work at the beginning of the 2023/24 season.

In addition, guitarist Nels Cline and The Overlook string quartet will perform the New York City premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo's evening-length piece, Seven Limbs at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 24. For those unable to attend in person, the performance will be livestreamed on YouTube here.

Composer Douglas J. Cuomo and guitarist Nels Cline joined Kathy Schuman,
Artistic Director of Caramoor, for an in-depth discussion about Seven Limbs,
which was performed at Caramoor on July 9, 2021.

To learn more about Douglas J. Cuomo, visit:

Douglas J. Cuomo
a raft, the sky, the wild sea (2022)
concerto for improvising tenor saxophone and orchestra
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Seven Limbs (2020)
for electric guitar and string quartet