Coming on the heels of its highly-successful relationship with its classically-trained, genre-bending ensemble-in-residence Time for Three, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra recently announced another unique residency with a similar mission of artistic exploration into many forms of music in a symphonic format. For the next two years, the Indianapolis Symphony will team up with New Amsterdam to periodically showcase the sophisticated, adventurous sound of highly-trained composers and instrumentalists on the New Am label.
The residency is artistically unveiled in the ISO’s Lilly Classical Series concerts on Feb. 1 and 2, when the ISO presents Brooklyn-based New Am co-director and composer William Brittelle’s Dunes, a world premiere work which the composer wrote after a trek to Death Valley last year. To help visualize his inspiration, Brittelle invited videographer Stephen S. Taylor on his trek to interview the composer and document the creation and inspiration of the piece. The entire film can be viewed here, and it will be shown for audiences during the ISO’s pre-concert Words on Music program.
After the premiere of Brittelle’s work, several New Am artists will take the stage with the ISO for a special concert event on Saturday, March 9. New Am community member Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) will serve as vocalist for New Am co-director Sarah Kirkland Snider’s highly-lauded song cycle Penelope during the first half of the program. Inspired by Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Snider’s Penelope is a meditation on memory, identify and what it means to come home. Later in the performance, New Am composer and Indiana University alum Son Lux will join the ISO on stage and perform various pieces from his recent and critically-acclaimed albums and other new works, arranged specially for the ISO by New Am artists William Brittelle, Caroline Shaw, and Daniel Wohl. Tickets for the March 9 concert will go on sale Friday, Feb. 1.
More information about upcoming concerts featuring New Amsterdam artists and composers will be included on the ISO’s website at IndianapolisSymphony.org.
The New Am residency with the ISO is supported by a major grant from LDI, as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration Cultural Partnership Gift Program, and by a generous grant from the Austin Memorial Foundation.