The Riverside Symphony and pianist Xak Bjerken, under the baton of George Rothman, gave the New York premiere of Stephen Hartke's Concerto for Piano and 20 players, Ship of State, on 11/16/2018, the fourth performance since the World Premiere. On December 12, 2018, his cello concerto Da Pacem received its premiere at Oberlin under the baton of Robert Spano with cellist Darrett Adkins. This issue includes these and other recent highlights for the composer.
Peng-Peng Gong's Symphony No. 10: Peking Fantasy, will receive its U.S. Premiere on January 29 with a joint Chinese New Year concert featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Kensho Watanabe, side by side with the Shanghai Philharmonic, Liang Zhang conductor, at Kimmel Hall. The work is a grand orchestral homage to Peking Opera, the crowning heritage of traditional Chinese performing arts.
Keiser Southern welcomes iconic composer William Bolcom from the EB Marks classical catalog. His opera Dinner at Eight, a dark comedy set in Depression-era Manhattan, continues to introduce audiences to its intriguing and cunning characters in upcoming performances.
On February 7 and 8 of 2018, two retrospective concerts were held as celebration of Sheila Silver's music, one at the Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook NY and the other at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.