Just as Barnes and Stokowski imported innovative art to the region, two chamber concerts of contemporary repertoire will serve as a laboratory for new music in Philadelphia. Featuring musicians from around the world and curated by new music presenter SoundLAB, the chamber concerts will include U.S. and Philadelphia premieres of works by living composers.
New contemporary music ensemble SoundLAB is led by Music Director Robert Whalen and Artistic Director Katherine Skovira, whose “diabolical enthusiasm … left me nearly begging for mercy … the artistic equivalent of NASA's New Horizons” (Philadelphia Inquirer). SoundLAB's final appearance in the Barnes/Stokowski Festival is this virtuosic program of contemporary masterpieces, including six Philadelphia premieres and three American premieres, with works by Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin, and Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas. The program features performances of Thomas's Prayer and Celebration and Plea for Peace alongside the works of French composer Michèle Reverdy, Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki, and Brazilian composer Michelle Agnes Magalhaes, whose gripping voices will reach a new Philadelphia audience in their American premieres.
SoundLAB Ensemble (Marina Kiefferstein and Giancarlo Latta, violins; Josh Wareham, viola; Issei Herr, cello; Emilio Guarino, bass; Emma Resmini, flute; Andrew Nogal, oboe; Eric Umble, clarinet; Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon; Sheryl Hadeka, horn; Gareth Flowers, trumpet; Weston Olencki, trombone; Won Suk Lee, percussion; Edo Frenkel, piano; Katherine Skovira, soprano)
This concert is FREE and open to the public, but online RSVPs are encouraged.