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Featured Composer Residency with Derek Bermel

New Century Chamber Orchestra has established a national commissioning consortium for Featured Composer Derek Bermel’s new work Murmurations

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Derek Bermel “From the Stage”

Posted on July 13, 2015 by New Century Chamber Orchestra

Derek Bermel discusses the inspiration behind Murmurations in our informative “From the Stage” interview.

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KDFC Features Derek Bermel

Posted on May 28, 2015 by New Century Chamber Orchestra

Bermel met up with KDFC Radio’s Jeffrey Freymann to discuss his new work Murmurations during a rehearsal session with New Century Chamber Orchestra.

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Single Tickets for West Coast Premiere!

Posted on May 12, 2015 by New Century Chamber Orchestra

The West Coast premiere of Derek Bermel’s Murmurations can be seen at four venues across the Bay Area, May 28-31, in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Rafael.

Single tickets range in price from $29 to $61 and can be purchased through City Box Office: www.cityboxoffice.com and (415) 392-4400. Discounted $15 single tickets are available for patrons under 35.

New Century also offers $8 general admission tickets to the Open Rehearsal on May 27 at the Kanbar Performing Arts Center.

SF Chronicle: A wide world of influences on clarinetist Derek Bermel’s music

Posted on March 30, 2015 by New Century Chamber Orchestra

Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle chats with Derek Bermel about his 2014/15 Featured Composer residency with New Century Chamber Orchestra and looks ahead to his new work Murmurations.

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The New Century Chamber Orchestra is partnering with the Grammy-nominated composer Derek Bermel for the commission of his new work, Murmurations, as part of his 2014-15 Featured Composer Residency.

New Century’s Featured Composer Residency Program was established during Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s inaugural season to give structure to the organization’s commitment to the creation and performance of new music. In the 2014-15 Season, Derek Bermel will serve as New Century’s seventh Featured Composer, following Clarice Assad, William Bolcom, Mark O’Connor, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Lera Auerbach, and Michael Daugherty.

To increase the national impact of the program, New Century has placed an emphasis on recording, broadcasting, and touring the commissioned works. This season, New Century has taken the next step to broaden its commitment to expanding contemporary string chamber orchestra repertoire, by establishing a national commissioning consortium. The member organizations of the New Century commissioning consortium for Murmurations are the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra of Houston, and A Far Cry of Boston.

Bermel’s Featured Composer Residency began in September 2014, with the presentation of three works by Bermel: A Short History of the Universe (as related by Nima Arkani-Hamed), Oct Up, and Silvioudades. The San Francisco Chronicle praised the performance, calling Bermel, “a brilliantly versatile composer and clarinetist,” and the music, “characteristically skillful and imaginative.”

New Century will present the west-coast premiere of Bermel’s Murmurations in May 2015.

Murmurations Performance Dates

May 27, 2015, 10:00am, Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, San Francisco (Open Rehearsal)
May 28, 2015, 8:00pm, First Congregational Church, Berkeley
May 29, 2015, 8:00pm, First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
May 30, 2015, 8:00pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco
May 31, 2015, 5:00pm, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael

About Derek Bermel

Grammy-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel is Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and Director of Copland House’s emerging composers institute Cultivate.

His many honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, Meet the Composer, and Cary Trust; and residencies at Yaddo, Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Bellagio, Copland House, Sacatar, and Civitella Ranieri. His discography features three critically-acclaimed discs: Voices, a CD of orchestral works (BMOP/sound); Soul Garden, his small ensemble/solo music (New World/CRI); and his most recent disc, Canzonas Americanas, with Alarm Will Sound (Cantaloupe).

About New Century

The San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1992. The conductorless ensemble is led by world-renowned violinist, Music Director and Concertmaster Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Since 2011, the orchestra has completed three highly-successful national tours, to a total of thirteen states. New Century has also established a rapidly increasing national radio presence with almost forty broadcasts on American Public Media’s Performance Today. The Orchestra has released seven compact discs. The three latest albums, From A to Z: 21st Century Concertos (May 2014), LIVE: Barber, Strauss, Mahler (November 2010), and Together (August 2009), were recorded with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on the NSS Music label.

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III. Twistor Scatterings, A Short History of the Universe (as related by Nima Arkani-Hamed)
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New Century Chamber Orchestra & Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: III. Twistor Scatterings, A Short History of the Universe (as related by Nima Arkani-Hamed), 2013 by Derek Bermel. Featuring Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Candace Guiarao, violin; Anna Kruger, viola; Michelle Djokic, cello; and Derek Bermel, clarinet. Recorded live on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, CA.

Oct Up [Excerpt]
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New Century Chamber Orchestra & Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: Oct Up [Excerpt] , 2010 by Derek Bermel. Recorded live on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, CA.

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