The Juilliard Music Technology Center in New York and the Stockton Symphony in California have announced separate programs in November that will spotlight contemporary works written for accordion and for solo instrument with electronics. Juilliard’s “Beyond the Machine 12.0: eVirtuosos,” under the artistic direction of Edward Bilous, founding director of the Juilliard Music Technology Center, will focus on recent compositions for electronic and acoustic instruments, with works to include Kaija Saariaho’s Pres for cello and electronics and Six Japanese Gardens for percussion and electronics; Russell Pinkston’s Lizamander for flute and Max MSP; Esequiel Viñao’s Conference of the Birds for piano and electronic tape; and Javier Alvarez’s Temazcal for percussion and tape. On November 10, the Stockton Symphony, under Music Director Peter Jaffe, will perform the world premiere of an accordion concerto by Max Simončič, a Slovenian-born composer who is based in Stockton; Peter Soave will serve as soloist. The Simončič premiere is part of a program that also includes Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture and Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony.

Posted October 31, 2011