At 82, Joan Tower continues to expand her catalog of orchestral music with two major world premieres in 2021, along with a new Naxos album that features world premiere recordings of four different works from the past three decades.
A New Day is a cello concerto written for Alisa Weilerstein that will premiere at the Colorado Music Festival July 25 under the direction of Peter Oundjian. The premiere will conclude an all-Tower program that also features her Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 5, Made in America, and Duets. A New Day is co-commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra, who will all perform the work with Weilerstein over the course of the 2021-2022 season.
1920/2019 was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic to mark the centennial of women’s suffrage in America. Music Director Jaap van Zweden leads the Philharmonic in the rescheduled world premiere of 1920/2019 on December 3, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
New York Philharmonic – December 3, 4 2021
World premiere recordings of Tower’s Strike Zones, Still/Rapids, Small, and Ivory and Ebony comprise her latest release on Naxos, available from July 23. The album features several longtime champions of Tower’s music: percussionist Evelyn Glennie, pianist Blair McMillen, and conductor David Alan Miller leading the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Read more about the album here and stream it below.
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