Merkin Concert Hall in New York City has announced details of its 2009-10 season, which includes world premieres by Jake Heggie, Nico Muhly, and Paul Moravec performed by a variety of chamber ensembles. In November, flutist Carol Wincenc will perform the world premiere of a commissioned work by Jake Heggie, Fury of Light, with Heggie on piano; the concert celebrates Wincenc’s 40th year as a performing artist. Also on that program are George Crumb’s 1971 work Voice of the Whale for electric flute, electric piano, electric cello, and cymbals. The SIGNAL ensemble, directed by Brad Lubman, will perform the Merkin-commissioned world premiere of a work by Nico Muhly in March; and the Lark Chamber Artists with pianist Jeremy Denk will unveil a new piece by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec in April. The season also will include the amplified string quartet ETHEL performing on a March program with Dutch “avant-pop” composer Jacob TV; in January the New York Guitar Festival will present four concerts centered around silent films, curated by David Spelman, with guitarists including David Bromberg, Marc Ribot, Bon Iver, Alex de Grassi, Gyan Riley, and James Blackshaw.

Posted June 30, 2009