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for chamber orchestra


  • Instrumentation: chamber orchestra
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Description
I never get things right on the first try. I am a trial-and-error composer, an incurable reviser. And this is a problem when it comes to high profile commissions from world-class ensembles in spectacular concert halls, because in these rare cases I get exactly one try to get it right, and I really, really want to get it right. Disney Hall and the LA Philharmonic have meant so much to me over the years that the overwhelming desire to write for them the perfect piece was enough to stop me dead in my creative tracks. It took me many months to realize the obvious: my piece was never going to be perfect no matter how hard I tried, and perfection was not even the right target on which to set my sights. The best thing I could do to honor the adventurous spirit of the Philharmonic and Disney Hall was to try as many new things as I could, to embrace the risk and failure and serendipitous discovery implicit in the word 'try'.

The piece I ended up writing is a lot like me. It’s messy, and fragmented, and it certainly doesn’t get things right on the first try. It does things over and over, trying them out in as many different ways as it can. It circles back on itself again and again in search of any idea that will stick, that will lead it forward to something new. And, at long last, after ten minutes of increasingly frantic trying, it finds one small, unlikely bit of musical material it likes enough to repeat and polish and hone until it finally (fingers crossed) gets it right. Andrew Norman, May, 2011
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Performance duration: 14'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 24. Mai 2011 Los Angeles, CA, Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA) · Dirigent: John Adams · Los Angeles Philharmonic
Year of composition: 2011
instrumentation: 1.1.1.1-1.1.1.0-2perc(vib, tri, 3splash cym, 4opera gongs, tam-t, h.h, 4small tom-t, 2bng, kick drum, break drum, 4log drums, 5tempbl, guiro, spring coil)-pno-2vn.va.vc.db
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
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Conductor: Dalia Stasevska
Orchestra: Sinfonia Lahti
2019-11-21 | Lahti (Finland), Sibeliustalo — 19:00
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Orchestra: Opus Novus, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory
2019-11-09 | Singapore (Singapore), Yong Siew Toh Consevatory Concert Hall | national Premiere
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Conductor: Rebecca Smithorn
Orchestra: concert:nova
2019-05-25 | Cincinnati,OH (United States of America), Cincinnati Public Library - Downtown Branch
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Conductor: Chris Belt
Orchestra: Alterity Chamber Orchestra
2019-02-28 | Orlando,Florida (United States of America), Timucua Arts Foundation
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Conductor: William Drury
Orchestra: NEC Symphonic Winds
2019-02-26 | Boston,MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall
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Conductor: Dalia Stasevska
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2019-01-20 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room — 20:00
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Conductor: Matt Cook
2019-01-12 | Los Angeles,CA (United States of America), Ace Hotel
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2018-11-17 | York (United Kingdom), University of York — 19.30
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2018-05-31 | Nanning (China, People's Republic), Guangxi Arts and Cultures Center Hall
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2018-05-28 | Nanning (China, People's Republic), Guangxi Arts and Cultures Center Hall
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2018-05-26 | Beijing (China, People's Republic), CCOM Concert Hall
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Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin Sinfonietta
2018-05-10 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
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Conductor: Daniel Nesta Curtis
Orchestra: Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble
2018-04-07 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), Kresge Theater
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2018-03-08 | Greeley, CO (United States of America)
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2017-12-08 | Columbia, MO (United States of America), The Missouri Theatre
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Conductor: Tim Weiss
2017-11-29 | London (United Kingdom), Duke\'s Hall — 19:00
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Conductor: Kynan Johns
Orchestra: Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston
2017-11-19 | New Brunswick, NJ (United States of America), Nicholas Music Center
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Orchestra: Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
2017-11-18 | Palos Heights, IL (United States of America), Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College
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Conductor: Clark Rundell
Orchestra: Ensemble 10/10
2017-10-11 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), St George\'s Hall Concert Room — 19:30
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Conductor: Finalist des Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2017-08-05 | Salzburg (Austria), Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum — 15:00
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Orchestra: Aspen Music Festival and School
2017-07-22 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Benedict Music tent
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Orchestra: University of Rochester
2017-04-06 | Rochester, NY (United States of America), Kilbourn Hall
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Mannes American Composers Ensemble (MACE)
2017-02-21 | New York, NY (United States of America), Tishman Auditorium, The New School
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Conductor: Chris Rountree
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2017-02-11 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
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Conductor: Chris Rountree
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2017-02-10 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
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Conductor: John Adams
Orchestra: Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker
2017-01-25 | Berlin (Germany), Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie — 20:00
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Conductor: Jerry Hou
Orchestra: Rice University, Loop38
2016-12-06 | Houston, TX (United States of America), MATCH
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Conductor: Alan Pierson/Benjamin Bolter
Orchestra: Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble
2016-11-19 | Evanston, IL (United States of America), Galvin Recital Hall
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Orchestra: Holst-Sinfonietta
2016-11-09 | Freiburg (Germany), SWR-Studio — 20:00
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Conductor: David Bloom
2016-06-03 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), Turner Hall Ballroom
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Conductor: Dan Welcher
Orchestra: University of Texas at Austin
2016-03-30 | Austin, TX (United States of America), Bates Recital Hall
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Conductor: Yuga Cohler
Orchestra: Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra
2015-11-15 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), LACMA Bing Theatre
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Conductor: Jayce Ogren
Orchestra: Ensemble InterContemporain
2015-10-10 | Paris (France), Philharmonie de Paris — 20:30 | national Premiere
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Conductor: Ted Hearne
Orchestra: San Francisco Conservatory
2015-10-01 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2015-07-23 | Columbia, MO (United States of America), University of Missouri
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Conductor: Glen Adsit
Orchestra: Foot in the Door Ensemble
2015-01-30 | Reykjavik (Iceland), Harpa
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Conductor: John Adams
Orchestra: New World Symphony
2014-12-06 | Miami, FL (United States of America), New World Center
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Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2014-11-30 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall
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Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2014-11-29 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall
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Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2014-11-28 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall
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Conductor: Stilian Kirov
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2014-10-17 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), Benaroya Hall Grand Lobby
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Conductor: Glen Adsit
Orchestra: Foot in the Door Ensemble
2014-10-15 | West Hartford, CT (United States of America), Millard Auditorium; Hartt School of Music
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Conductor: David Bloom
Orchestra: Contemporaneous
2014-06-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Winter Garden
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Orchestra: Manhattan School of Music
2014-04-24 | New York, NY (United States of America), Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music
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Conductor: Daniel Nesta Curtis
Orchestra: Carnegie Mellon University
2014-03-01 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), Kresge Theater
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Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble
2013-12-13 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
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Conductor: John Adams
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2013-12-03 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall
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2013-04-25 | New York, NY (United States of America), Zankel Hall; Carnegie Hall
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Conductor: Christopher James Lee
Orchestra: University of Michigan School of Music
2013-02-26 | Ann Arbor, MI (United States of America), Britton Recital Hall
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Conductor: David Bloom
Orchestra: Contemporaneous
2013-02-11 | Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (United States of America), Bard College
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Conductor: David Bloom
Orchestra: Contemporaneous
2013-02-10 | Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (United States of America), Bard College
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Conductor: Roderick Cox
Orchestra: Alabama Symphony Orchestra
2013-01-10 | Birmingham, AL (United States of America), Alys Stephens Center
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Conductor: Jayce Ogren
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2012-12-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Peter Norton Symphony Space — CONTACT! New Music Series
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Conductor: Jayce Ogren
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2012-12-21 | New York, NY (United States of America), Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium — CONTACT! New Music Series
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Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2012-12-02 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 16.00 h - New Music Show 3
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Conductor: David Dzubay
Orchestra: Indiana University New Music Ensemble
2012-09-27 | Bloomington, IN (United States of America), Auer Hall, Indiana University
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Conductor: Marin Alsop
Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
2012-08-11 | Santa Cruz, CA (United States of America), Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
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Conductor: Sydney Hodkinson
Orchestra: Aspen Festival Contemporary Ensemble
2012-08-04 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Harris Concert Hall
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Conductor: Clark Rundell
Orchestra: Ensemble 10/10
2012-01-25 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), The Cornerstone, Hope University | national Premiere
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Conductor: John Adams
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2011-05-24 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall | World Premiere
I never get things right on the first try. I am a trial-and-error composer, an incurable reviser. And this is a problem when it comes to high profile commissions from world-class ensembles in spectacular concert halls, because in these rare cases I get exactly one try to get it right, and I really, really want to get it right. Disney Hall and the LA Philharmonic have meant so much to me over the years that the overwhelming desire to write for them the perfect piece was enough to stop me dead in my creative tracks. It took me many months to realize the obvious: my piece was never going to be perfect no matter how hard I tried, and perfection was not even the right target on which to set my sights. The best thing I could do to honor the adventurous spirit of the Philharmonic and Disney Hall was to try as many new things as I could, to embrace the risk and failure and serendipitous discovery implicit in the word 'try'.

The piece I ended up writing is a lot like me. It’s messy, and fragmented, and it certainly doesn’t get things right on the first try. It does things over and over, trying them out in as many different ways as it can. It circles back on itself again and again in search of any idea that will stick, that will lead it forward to something new. And, at long last, after ten minutes of increasingly frantic trying, it finds one small, unlikely bit of musical material it likes enough to repeat and polish and hone until it finally (fingers crossed) gets it right. Andrew Norman, May, 2011
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Performance duration: 14'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 24. Mai 2011 Los Angeles, CA, Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA) · Dirigent: John Adams · Los Angeles Philharmonic
Year of composition: 2011
instrumentation: 1.1.1.1-1.1.1.0-2perc(vib, tri, 3splash cym, 4opera gongs, tam-t, h.h, 4small tom-t, 2bng, kick drum, break drum, 4log drums, 5tempbl, guiro, spring coil)-pno-2vn.va.vc.db
Delivery rights: worldwide
Try
Conductor: Dalia Stasevska
Orchestra: Sinfonia Lahti
2019-11-21 | Lahti (Finland), Sibeliustalo — 19:00
Try
Orchestra: Opus Novus, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory
2019-11-09 | Singapore (Singapore), Yong Siew Toh Consevatory Concert Hall | national Premiere
Try
Conductor: Rebecca Smithorn
Orchestra: concert:nova
2019-05-25 | Cincinnati,OH (United States of America), Cincinnati Public Library - Downtown Branch
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Conductor: Chris Belt
Orchestra: Alterity Chamber Orchestra
2019-02-28 | Orlando,Florida (United States of America), Timucua Arts Foundation
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Conductor: William Drury
Orchestra: NEC Symphonic Winds
2019-02-26 | Boston,MA (United States of America), Jordan Hall
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Conductor: Dalia Stasevska
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2019-01-20 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room — 20:00
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Conductor: Matt Cook
2019-01-12 | Los Angeles,CA (United States of America), Ace Hotel
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2018-11-17 | York (United Kingdom), University of York — 19.30
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2018-05-31 | Nanning (China, People's Republic), Guangxi Arts and Cultures Center Hall
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2018-05-28 | Nanning (China, People's Republic), Guangxi Arts and Cultures Center Hall
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2018-05-26 | Beijing (China, People's Republic), CCOM Concert Hall
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Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin Sinfonietta
2018-05-10 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
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Conductor: Daniel Nesta Curtis
Orchestra: Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble
2018-04-07 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), Kresge Theater
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2018-03-08 | Greeley, CO (United States of America)
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2017-12-08 | Columbia, MO (United States of America), The Missouri Theatre
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Conductor: Tim Weiss
2017-11-29 | London (United Kingdom), Duke\'s Hall — 19:00
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Conductor: Kynan Johns
Orchestra: Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston
2017-11-19 | New Brunswick, NJ (United States of America), Nicholas Music Center
Try
Orchestra: Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
2017-11-18 | Palos Heights, IL (United States of America), Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College
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Conductor: Clark Rundell
Orchestra: Ensemble 10/10
2017-10-11 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), St George\'s Hall Concert Room — 19:30
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Conductor: Finalist des Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award
Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg
2017-08-05 | Salzburg (Austria), Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum — 15:00
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Orchestra: Aspen Music Festival and School
2017-07-22 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Benedict Music tent
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Orchestra: University of Rochester
2017-04-06 | Rochester, NY (United States of America), Kilbourn Hall
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Mannes American Composers Ensemble (MACE)
2017-02-21 | New York, NY (United States of America), Tishman Auditorium, The New School
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Conductor: Chris Rountree
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2017-02-11 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
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Conductor: Chris Rountree
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
2017-02-10 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
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Conductor: John Adams
Orchestra: Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker
2017-01-25 | Berlin (Germany), Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie — 20:00
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Conductor: Jerry Hou
Orchestra: Rice University, Loop38
2016-12-06 | Houston, TX (United States of America), MATCH
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Conductor: Alan Pierson/Benjamin Bolter
Orchestra: Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble
2016-11-19 | Evanston, IL (United States of America), Galvin Recital Hall
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Orchestra: Holst-Sinfonietta
2016-11-09 | Freiburg (Germany), SWR-Studio — 20:00
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Conductor: David Bloom
2016-06-03 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), Turner Hall Ballroom
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Conductor: Dan Welcher
Orchestra: University of Texas at Austin
2016-03-30 | Austin, TX (United States of America), Bates Recital Hall
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Conductor: Yuga Cohler
Orchestra: Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra
2015-11-15 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), LACMA Bing Theatre
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Conductor: Jayce Ogren
Orchestra: Ensemble InterContemporain
2015-10-10 | Paris (France), Philharmonie de Paris — 20:30 | national Premiere
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Conductor: Ted Hearne
Orchestra: San Francisco Conservatory
2015-10-01 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
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Conductor: Alan Pierson
Orchestra: Alarm Will Sound
2015-07-23 | Columbia, MO (United States of America), University of Missouri
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Conductor: Glen Adsit
Orchestra: Foot in the Door Ensemble
2015-01-30 | Reykjavik (Iceland), Harpa
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Conductor: John Adams
Orchestra: New World Symphony
2014-12-06 | Miami, FL (United States of America), New World Center
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Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2014-11-30 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall
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Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2014-11-29 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall
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Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2014-11-28 | St. Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall
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Conductor: Stilian Kirov
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
2014-10-17 | Seattle, WA (United States of America), Benaroya Hall Grand Lobby
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Conductor: Glen Adsit
Orchestra: Foot in the Door Ensemble
2014-10-15 | West Hartford, CT (United States of America), Millard Auditorium; Hartt School of Music
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Conductor: David Bloom
Orchestra: Contemporaneous
2014-06-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Winter Garden
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Orchestra: Manhattan School of Music
2014-04-24 | New York, NY (United States of America), Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music
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Conductor: Daniel Nesta Curtis
Orchestra: Carnegie Mellon University
2014-03-01 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), Kresge Theater
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Conductor: Timothy Weiss
Orchestra: Oberlin Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble
2013-12-13 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Warner Concert Hall
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Conductor: John Adams
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2013-12-03 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall
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2013-04-25 | New York, NY (United States of America), Zankel Hall; Carnegie Hall
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Conductor: Christopher James Lee
Orchestra: University of Michigan School of Music
2013-02-26 | Ann Arbor, MI (United States of America), Britton Recital Hall
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Conductor: David Bloom
Orchestra: Contemporaneous
2013-02-11 | Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (United States of America), Bard College
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Conductor: David Bloom
Orchestra: Contemporaneous
2013-02-10 | Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (United States of America), Bard College
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Conductor: Roderick Cox
Orchestra: Alabama Symphony Orchestra
2013-01-10 | Birmingham, AL (United States of America), Alys Stephens Center
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Conductor: Jayce Ogren
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2012-12-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Peter Norton Symphony Space — CONTACT! New Music Series
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Conductor: Jayce Ogren
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2012-12-21 | New York, NY (United States of America), Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium — CONTACT! New Music Series
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Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
2012-12-02 | London (United Kingdom), Queen Elizabeth Hall — 16.00 h - New Music Show 3
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Conductor: David Dzubay
Orchestra: Indiana University New Music Ensemble
2012-09-27 | Bloomington, IN (United States of America), Auer Hall, Indiana University
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Conductor: Marin Alsop
Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
2012-08-11 | Santa Cruz, CA (United States of America), Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
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Conductor: Sydney Hodkinson
Orchestra: Aspen Festival Contemporary Ensemble
2012-08-04 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Harris Concert Hall
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Conductor: Clark Rundell
Orchestra: Ensemble 10/10
2012-01-25 | Liverpool (United Kingdom), The Cornerstone, Hope University | national Premiere
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Conductor: John Adams
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2011-05-24 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall | World Premiere