Stony Brook University Department of Music presents the 31st annual Premieres! Concert. Created in 1988 by composer John Lessard, pianist Gilbert Kalish, and percussionist Raymond DesRoches, the Premieres Series has been responsible for the creation of over 100 works by a broad spectrum of composers, including Pulitzer, MacArthur, and Guggenheim award winners.
This year’s concert will feature two works that pay homage to the music of other composers. Irish composer Greg Caffrey’s Ómós reflects the composer’s enthusiasm for Toru Takemitsu’s unhurried, colorful, and beautiful work. The point of departure for Grammy-Award nominated composer Pauline Kim Harris’s Mine Alone (the title taken from the Marc Chagall quote, “Mine alone is the country of my soul”) is Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, opus 132. New Stony Brook composition faculty Nirmali Fenn’s Blown Echoes, for oboe and electronics, explores the bell-like sound of the bellbird, a distinctive feature of the soundscape of her native country, Australia, and the concert concludes with In the Age of the Rise, Eliza Brown’s powerful commentary on life in the future of climate change.
Hailed by The New York Times as “a small army of musicians who demonstrate consistent accomplishment,” the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players performs a large number of concerts annually at Stony Brook University and in the NYC metropolitan area. Eduardo Leandro serves as artistic director; Ford Fourqueran is currently serving as interim executive director.