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Sound On: Music of Displacement and Connection

May 10

In this exciting series of contemporary music, Kwamé Ryan conducts the World Premiere of a Project 19 commission by Mary Kouyoumdjian, the composer’s meditation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. Also on the program are Hannah Kendall’s shouting forever into the receiver, inspired by the writings of Ocean Vuong, and works by Péter Eötvös and Michel van der Aa.

Part of Project 19 and Sound On

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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


Program to Include


Ligetidyll (US Premiere)

Michel van der Aa


Hannah Kendall

shouting forever into the receiver

Mary Kouyoumdjian

ANDOUNI (Homeless), with photography by Scout Tufankjian (World Premiere—New York Philharmonic Commission, part of Project 19)


Kwamé Ryan Conductor

Born in Canada and raised on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Kwamé Ryan discovered his passion for conducting at the age of nine. He read musicology at Cambridge University and studied conducting under the guidance of renowned composer / conductor Peter Eötvös. Ryan held the position of general music director of Freiburg Opera, 1999–2003, and served as musical and artistic director of the National Orchestra of Bordeaux Aquitaine, 2007–13.  

Learn more about Kwamé Ryan


Lead support for Project 19 is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, and Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang.

Generous support for Project 19 is also provided by Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation; Sheree A. and Gerald L. Friedman; Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts; The Hauser Foundation; Daniel M. Healy; The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Kimberly V. Strauss, The Strauss Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; and an anonymous donor.

Project 19 is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.