The NYU Symphony will return to the Symphony Space on Monday, April 4, with a concert of all twentieth and twenty-first century music that, to quote composer and noted critic Virgil Thomson, “makes sense here and now.”

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Maestro Andrew Cyr

The NYU Symphony will return to the Symphony Space on Monday, April 4, with a concert of all twentieth and twenty-first century music that, to quote composer and noted critic Virgil Thomson, “makes sense here and now.”

Maestro Andrew Cyr will conduct the program that includes Anna Clyne’s Masquerade; George Antheil’s Symphony No. 4; Jason Treuting’s oblique music for 4 plus (blank), featuring Palladium Percussion; and the World Premiere of works written for the occasion by Susanna Hancock and Nicholas Hall, winners of the 2016 NYU Steinhardt School Composition Competition.

Hailed as “a prominent influence in the world of newly emerging music” by The Washington Post, Cyr is the Grammy-nominated conductor and founder of Metropolis Ensemble. Palladium Percussion is a quartet whose members––Russell Fisher, Gregory Auffredou, Adam Holmes, and Luis Jacome––are dedicated to performing the music of our time, such as Treuting’s (founding member of the So Percussion) oblique music, written in 2010.

Imbued in this program is a grand sense of occasion and elaborate settings, ranging from Clyne’s (recent Composer-in-Residence, Chicago Symphony) Masquerade, a 2013 BBC Radio 3 commission for the Last Night of the Proms and representing “acrobatics, exotic street entertainers, dancers, fireworks…masked guises, and elaborate settings...drawn from original mid-18th century promenade concerts held in London's pleasure gardens," to Antheil's WWII-era 4th Symphony, described admiringly by Virgil Thomson as a "comical, brash complexity...containing every kind of joke, acrobatic turn, patriotic reference, and glamorous monstrosity.” The work, championed by Leopold Stokowski and premiered by the NBC Symphony Orchestra, represents Antheil's American comeback, following the calamitous reception of his now iconic Ballet Mécanique.

Nicholas Hall’s work, Listening Through an Open Door (2016) was originally composed for the JACK String Quartet, expanded here for the NYU Symphony. Susanna Hancock’s Beghilolia (2016) evokes the soundworld of John Luther Adams, exploring “facets of color, texture, contour, specialization, and acoustic phenomena.”

The concert is free and open to the public and will take place at 8 p.m. Registration is not required. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For more information about this and future NYU Symphony performances, contact nyu.orchestras@gmail.com.

NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, established in 1925, instructs over 1,600 students majoring in music and performing arts programs. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).

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