FREE Orchestra Concert
You’ll find yourself at the very center of contemporary music-making with a special concert featuring new works by three young composers—Brendan Faegre, Takuma Itoh, and Emily Praetorius—conducted in rotation by seven emerging conductors. All are studying in the prestigious Conductors/Composers Workshop. This is a fascinating look at the difference a conductor’s interpretation can bring to a piece of music. Don’t miss the excitement when the creative sparks fly!
IN THE WORKS Composers:
Brendan Faegre is a composer, educator, bandleader, and percussionist. His music draws inspiration from the traditions within which he was formed: jazz and rock drumming, Hindustani classical music, and contemporary concert music.
Faegre’s works have been programmed at festivals around the world, including Huddersfield (UK), Gaudeamus (NL), TRANSIT Leuven (BE), Dark Music Days (IS), Beijing Modern (CN), and Bang on a Can (US). He has received commissions from groups such as the New York Youth Symphony, Slagwerk Den Haag, Ensemble Klang, Debut Orchestra, David Kweksilber Big Band and Huygens-Fokker Foundation. He has also been a fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Aspen Music Festival, Cortona Sessions, and Bowdoin International Music Festival, and serves as New Music Advisor and composer-in-residence for the Lake George Music Festival.
In 2012 he founded the Brendan Faegre Edge Ensemble, a group challenging the boundaries between notated and improvised music, and exploring the new sonic territory where contemporary, jazz, rock, and early music traditions meet. This season they premiered six new works by young composers from around the world. Faegre lives in the Netherlands with his wife, baroque violinist Lucia Giraudo. brendanfaegre.com
Takuma Itoh spent his early childhood in Japan before moving to Palo Alto, CA, where he grew up. His music has been described as “brashly youthful and fresh” (New York Times). Featured amongst one of “100 Composers Under 40” on NPR Music, Itoh has been the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; a Charles Ives Scholarship; Music Alive: New Partnerships grant with the Tucson Symphony; the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize; and six ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.
Itoh’s music has been performed by groups such as the Albany Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, the Shanghai Quartet, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and H2 Quartet. Itoh holds degrees from Cornell University, University of Michigan, and Rice University. His past teachers include Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, and Pierre Jalbert. Since 2012, Itoh has been a faculty member at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. takumaitoh.com
Emily Praetorius is a composer and clarinetist from Ojai, CA. She holds a Master’s of Music in composition from Manhattan School of Music (2014) and a Bachelor’s of Music in clarinet performance and composition from the University of Redlands (2008). Emily’s has written for a variety of different instrumental combinations, from clarinet duo with live electronics to viola quartet to full orchestra. Her music was most recently featured as part of the San Francisco Conservatory Hot Air Festival and her orchestra piece I Am Now Going to Shut it received an honorable mention from the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings. Emily is co-founder of the Blank Space House Concert Series in NYC and a member of Adflata, a composer-performer collective dedicated to bringing new music to new audiences. Her past teachers include Susan Botti, Sam Pluta, Reiko Fueting, Anthony Suter, and Kathryn Nevin. emilypraetorius.com