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Julia Adolphe, Max Grafe, Andrew McManus Get Premieres at Biennial

Posted June 04, 2014

EarShot NY PHIL BIENNIAL NY Philharmonic

This just in! Emerging composers Julia Adolphe (26 years old, bottom right), Max Grafe (25 years old, top middle), and Andrew McManus (29 years old, top left) have been selected from an open call for scores (which drew 400+ composers from 8 countries and 37 states ranging in age from 9 to 84) to have their works premiered by the Philharmonic in concerts this week as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. Student Rush is available for June 5 and 6. On June 6, the first 100 fans aged 13–26 get a free ticket (go to Window 1 at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.).

They were chosen from six finalists (Wang Lu, bottom left; Jesse Jones, bottom middle; and William Dougherty, top middle) whose works the Philharmonic played at yesterday's EarShot Readings — a collaboration with American Composers Orchestra's EarShot: the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network — followed by feedback meetings with Alan Gilbert, Philharmonic musicians, and mentor composers.

Julia Adolphe's Dark Sand, Sifting Light will be led by Music Director Alan Gilbert June 5. Julia says: “Dark Sand, Sifting Light imagines a piano playing in the distance, overheard through an open apartment window. As the listener poised beneath the window begins to daydream, the piano sounds take on larger orchestral colors. Her mind wanders and the music transforms.”

Andrew McManus's Strobe will be led by Matthias Pintscher June 6. Andrew says: "The word 'strobe' conjures up quite a few images and concepts for me. These include jarring pulses of bright light, the stop-motion we might observe when watching someone or something move under a strobe light, and electronic dance music (or 'EDM')."

Max Grafe's Bismuth: Variations for Orchestra will be led by Alan Gilbert June 7. Max says: "I titled the work Bismuth in order to highlight the kinship between its own colorful, angular style and the kaleidoscopic patina and geometric edges of a pure bismuth crystal."

(Photo: Chris Lee)