Yesterday's New York Times had a Critic's Notebook profile by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim of Unsuk Chin, the Korean-born, Berlin-based composer whose music we perform on this week's program.
"Ms. Chin, 53, is sought after by leading orchestras and soloists for her colorful, audacious and often darkly humorous music," the article said. "On Tuesday, Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic and the Finnish star clarinetist Kari Kriiku in the American premiere of Ms. Chin’s Clarinet Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall." ...
“Humor is distance from yourself,” Ms. Chin said. Then she made a declaration that, in certain new-music circles, may elicit even more horror than her decision to quote from Bizet: “I, for instance, don’t take myself seriously at all.”
The article is a good introduction to a colorful and down-to-earth composer who has become a favorite of Music Director Alan Gilbert and the musicians of the Orchestra.
Below is a tweet a member of the audience at yesterday's Open Rehearsal sent about her piece. Join us Friday, Saturday, or Tuesday to hear her music alongside Mahler's First Symphony. And she will participate in the Pre-Concert Insights before the Friday concert.