Bravo’s flagship venture for the 30th season is the creation of the New Works Fund with a mission to nurture the creation of new music by today’s most innovative composers, and also to present the incredible wealth of venerated music by the leading composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. This season, Bravo! commissioned five world premieres—four works for orchestra and one for chamber.
Edgar Meyer: Overture for Violin and Orchestra
Equally at home in the worlds of bluegrass and classical, eclectic bass virtuoso and Grammy-winning composer Edgar Meyer writes music that swings and sighs, offering category-defying ruminations on what America sounds like, brimming with foot-tapping energy that is both folksy and stunningly virtuosic.
Roberto Sierra: Dos piezas para orquesta
One of the world’s finest orchestral colorists, Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra’s lively and idiosyncratic music infuses vibrant Latino eruptions into time-honored classical forms. From fandango to calypso, lush string textures to sassy, brassy percussion breaks, this is melting-pot music of the highest order.
Guillaume Connesson: Le Tombeau des Regrets
At just 47 years old, Connesson brings together the imaginatively diverse range of influences you might expect from a child of the 70s and 80s, from the rich musical traditions of his native France to the movie music of Bernard Hermann and John Williams, innovators like John Adams and Steve Reich, even the get-down funk of James Brown. As Gramophone magazine noted, his “retro, razzle-dazzle eclecticism knows no bounds.”
Julia Adolphe: White Stone
In a 2013 interview, Julia Adolphe noted, “in the music industry there’s a strict divide between pop and classical music, but they can be fused in the right way for a perfect combination on the stage.” Still not yet 30 years old, White Stone is the second work that Adolphe has been commissioned to write for the New York Philharmonic. Her music is thoughtful, sophisticated, and full of complex layers, yet infused with a luminous clarity.
David Ludwig: Pangaea for Piano and Strings
David Ludwig has an illustrious pedigree, coming from several generations of eminent musicians. (His uncle is pianist Peter Serkin, his grandfather was the pianist Rudolf Serkin, and his great-grandfather was the violinist/composer Adolf Busch.) According to Fanfare magazine, “Ludwig orchestrates with the skill and sophistication of a Ravel, and generates the power and thrills of a John Williams adventure film score.” Resourceful and relentlessly curious, his music draws on an eclectic array of inspirations from space exploration to Ladino folk songs.