Sean Shepherd, the Philharmonic's Kravis Emerging Composer, has been busy. He's been running across the city attending almost all 21 NY PHIL BIENNIAL concerts, but he's barely breaking a sweat.
"Performances have been truly stellar and, in some cases, illuminating and transcendent. This is proving to be no marathon, where participants and spectators alike must drag themselves across a finish line to the earthly comforts of burgers and booze, only to say, 'I was there for it all,'" he writes in his Biennial Blog on NewMusicBox. "Each pavilion is an event worth seeing, and after seeing seven in the last four days, I still would recommend each one."
Check out the post here, and stay tuned for more of his biennial insights from a composer's perspective.
You can also hear from Sean in person during the free Insights Series event "21st-Century Landmarks" June 4, when he sits down with Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse, composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher, composer Julia Wolfe, composer/NewMusicBox senior editor Frank J. Oteri, and Scholar-in-Residence Carol J. Oja to talk about this century's emerging masterworks.
And you can hear his music June 18–21 when the Philharmonic gives the World Premiere of his Songs, led by Alan Gilbert during The Beethoven Piano Concertos festival with Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman.