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Sleeping Giant Collective and the Albany Symphony

The Albany Symphony has teams up with composer collective Sleeping Giant.

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Sleeping Giant Sings

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Albany Symphony

After seeing Requiem Reimagined, it may be a bit tough to comprehend just how the six composers of Sleeping Giant were able to work together to create a coherent piece that also incorporated the music of Mozart and his student Franz Xaver Süssmayr. In total, eight composers played a role in Requiem Reimagined, so just how did they do it?

The video above demonstrates an early meeting between the Sleeping Giant composers to plan the project. Needless to say, lots of discussions about the piece and lots of singing were involved.

Requiem Reimagined was premiered by the Albany Symphony on March 21, 2015 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY.

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The Reviews Are In!

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Albany Symphony

The reviews are in for Requiem Reimagined! The Albany Symphony program, which featured a reworking of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem by composer collective Sleeping Giant, received its premiere over the weekend at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY. Led by David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony joined forces with Albany Pro Musica and the Giants to perform two fantastic performances on the work, which was enthusiastically received by the audience.

Below are the reviews of Requiem Reimagined published in the press. We will add to this list as more reviews are published.

Review: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ Troy Music Hall by Joseph Dalton

‘Requiem Reimagined’ new twist on old classic by Joseph Dalton

Mozart’s Requiem reborn by ASO team by Amy Biancolli

Albany Symphony to perform Sleeping Giant’s Requiem Reimagined

Posted on March 19, 2015 by Albany Symphony

This weekend, through our Music Alive residencies, the Albany Symphony will be premiering the Sleeping Giant collective’s uniquely reimagined rendition of the famously unfinished Requiem Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The original work was written in 1791 shortly before Mozart’s controversial death, and these six composers of Sleeping Giant have creatively suffused their own voices into this timeless work.

The upcoming performances were just listed in the Daily Gazette, and the Times Union!

If you’re anywhere near Troy or Albany this weekend, make sure not to miss this unique world premiere!

Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm (almost sold out)

Sunday, March 22, 3:00pm

  1. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
  2. Get tickets




Robert Honstein talks Requiem Reimagined

Posted on March 18, 2015 by Albany Symphony

This Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, the Sleeping Giant composer collective premieres their newly composed work Reimagined through their Music Alive residency with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

The work is a joint-composed piece between all six members of this talented collective, weaving their unique compositional voices into one coherent oeuvre based on themes and sonic moments found within Mozart’s Requiem Mass. Above, see Sleeping Giant member Robert Honstein give us a sneak peek of his portion of Reimagined.

Here’s what the Albany Symphony has to say about this weekend’s upcoming events:

Witness Wolfgang as you have – and have never – heard before. The Symphony, joined by Albany Pro Musica, brings Mozart’s Requiem to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for a weekend of unique and traditional performances of this blockbuster work, Reimagined by Composer Collective Sleeping Giant.

Sleeping Giant gives Mozart’s famously unfinished Requiem Mass a 21st century makeover. The performance will present the mysterious wonder of this haunting classic in a context that both challenges and reveres the original score. 

If you’re anywhere near Troy or Albany this weekend, make sure not to miss this unique world premiere!

Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm

Sunday, March 22, 3:00pm

  1. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
  2. Get tickets



Requiem Reimagined: Timo Andres

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Albany Symphony

As part of their Music Alive residency with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Sleeping Giant Composer Collective (consisting of composers Timo Andres, Chris Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Jacob Cooper, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman) reworked and reimagined Mozart’s unfinished Requiem, giving the piece a 21st century makeover.

Every Wednesday until the concert, the Albany Symphony will publish a new video about the project, each with a different Giant. In this week’s video, watch Timo Andres talk about part of his contribution to Requiem Reimagined.


The concert will be presented on March 21 and 22 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Albany, NY. More info here.

Meet Sleeping Giant Collective and the Albany Symphony

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Albany Symphony

Residency Snapshot:

Sleeping Giant will be in residence for nine cumulative weeks of activity during the 2014-2015 season in Albany. In the last few years, these gentlemen have experimented with modern-day reworkings of historical musical narratives and languages, and the first stage of their residency with Albany continues this exploration through a multi-faceted retelling of Mozart’s Requiem as part of Albany Symphony’s subscription concert series. Through musical and dramatic processes that both revere and undermine the original score, this performance seeks to mine the mysterious wonder of the Requiem. Using Mozart’s score (and Sussmayr’s completion) as a canvas, Sleeping Giant’s Requiem performance will be an unsettling but reverential love song to the ritual of classical music. In the spring, the Albany Symphony’s 18-member new music ensemble, Dogs of Desire, will collaborate with the members of Sleeping Giant to create a new evening-length work which will feature staging, lighting design, electronics, and video. Several members of Sleeping Giant will also participate with Albany Symphony’s “Adopt-a-School” program to add a layer of composition to the program that previously did not exist. Finally, Sleeping Giant will play a role in the redesign of the Symphony’s American Music Festival, aiding in its artistic and interdisciplinary growth.

Get to know Sleeping Giant:

To get an idea of how the collective works together on these projects, listen to Timo Andres’ and Ted Hearne’s movements of Histories, co-commissioned by the Deviant Septet and Carnegie Hall. Ted’s final movement includes not only his personal re-imagining of Stravinsky, but incorporates thematic elements of each of his peers’ prior movements:

Sleeping Giant is a collective of six Brooklyn-based composers. These “talented guys” (The New Yorker), who are “rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations, stylistic range and acute attention to instrumental nuance” (WQXR) have composed a diverse body of music that prizes vitality and diversity over a rigid aesthetic. Their works have appeared in concert halls and clubs throughout the US and Europe, from Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center to Wigmore Hall and the Concertgebouw in performances by the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Jack Quartet, and the New York Youth Symphony.

Sleeping Giant has presented sold-out concerts at New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s Littlefield, and at John Zorn’s The Stone. In 2011, they collaborated on Histories, a Stravinsky-inspired work for Ensemble ACJW and the Deviant Septet commissioned by Carnegie Hall. They are currently working on an evening-length piece for eighth blackbird, to be toured throughout the USA in the 2014-2015 season. From 2014-2017 they will be the New Music USA/Music Alive Composers-in-Residence of the Albany Symphony.

Get to know Artistic Director David Alan Miller and the Dogs of Desire:


Through our Music Alive program administered in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, the Albany Symphony has teamed up with Sleeping Giant, a collective comprising six composers Timothy AndresChristopher CerroneJacob CooperTed HearneRobert Honstein, and Andrew Norman.  The joint energy of these six artists and the opportunity to deploy them in all of the Albany Symphony’s activities, particularly education and community engagement, only strengthens a long-standing commitment to new music in Albany.

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