A4TY Student New Music Project Featuring a New Work by Doug Balliett
"And yes, they were Works of Art indeed - no kiddie recital, this! (George Crumb, move over!). As someone said: The only thing missing is the NY Times." - Jon Deak, Founder, New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program commenting on A4TY 2016 concert.
The Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) presents its annual student composing project, Album for the Young (A4TY), with two performances premiering 34 student compositions ranging from solo works for piano, violin or cello, to works for small chamber ensembles of strings or mixed wind, strings, brass and percussion groups. These performances are part of the 2017 citywide Composers Now Festival which celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. The A4TY Student Composing Project encourages students ages 7-17 to compose new music and commissions professional composers to write new works for BSM students. We are pleased to present the premiere of Doug Balliett's Vassar college, 1918, set to text from a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay performed by BSM MAP Piano Quintet along with teachers Katie Copland, voice, and Eric Phinney, percussion.
Beginning with a school-wide Call for Scores and composition workshops led by teaching artists from the NY Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program, in partnership with BSM teaching artists, A4TY is now in its thirteenth season. Since its inception the program has premiered over 146 scores, commissioned 20 professional composers and presented 199 students performing new music. Founded by former BSM teaching artist Katy Luo, and currently curated by Margalit Cantor, A4TY brings living composers and BSM students into direct contact, opening a window into the other's working methods and creative process.
Bloomingdale 2016-17 Commission: Doug Balliett
Doug Balliett is a composer, instrumentalist and poet based in New York City. With a constant stream of commissions, a weekly show on New York Public Radio, and nearly 200 performances per year, Mr. Balliett has been identified as an emerging voice for his generation. For more information: http://thecolonials.org/doug-balliett.
Bloomingdale School of Music is a 2016 - 17 host site for Con Edison's Exploring the Metropolis Composer in Residence Program created to provide free, long-term studio space to composers who are in need of a dedicated workspace outside of their home.