“How about some good—even great—news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country’s biggest ensembles are playing world premieres,” writes Mark Mobley on Thursday (11/20) at NPR’s Deceptive Cadence blog. “First up is the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which tonight is premiering Lakes Awake at Dawn for chorus and orchestra by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. It’s a joint commission by the BSO and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in honor of their shared music director, Andris Nelsons…. Also tonight, Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin will conduct his own Endgames, which focuses on woodwind outliers including the piccolo and contrabassoon. He will also lead the premiere of the Trombone Concerto written by his wife, Cindy McTee, with DSO principal trombonist Kenneth Thompkins as soloist…. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s organ. Tonight, they are premiering American composer Stephen Hartke’s Fourth Symphony with organist Cameron Carpenter and soprano Heidi Stober as soloists…. Friday, between a pair of Mozart symphonies, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debuts … the Double Concerto by four-time Oscar winner André Previn,” with soloists Jaime Laredo (violin) and Sharon Robinson (cello).

Posted November 21, 2014