Orchestral World Premieres from Wise Music

Orchestral World Premieres from Wise Music
© Adelaide Town Hall / Severance Hall, Cleveland / Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid / Verizon Hall, Philadelphia / Howard Blake © Clide Barda / Jaap van Zweden © Brad Trent / Marzena Diakun © Marco Borggreve / Chineke! © Orlando Gili / Geoffrey Paterson © BBC Chris Christodoulou / Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid / Cheryl Frances-Hoad © Brant Tilds Photography / Philadelphia Orchestra © Jessica Griffin

Wise Music Group is pleased to announce an array of exciting world premieres taking place during the first half of the 2021-22 season, from some of the most respected composers working today. After a period of enforced silence, concert halls are opening back up to audiences with new and rescheduled premieres, much to the joy of orchestras and spectators alike.

Listed below are the world premieres being performed between November 1 and March 31.

November 4, 2021
Mark Adamo 

Last Year (Concerto for Solo Violoncello with Harp, Piano, String Orchestra, and Percussion) World Premiere 

Jeffrey Ziegler, violoncello  

New Century Chamber Orchestra 

First Congregational Church Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States of America 

November 12, 2021 
Bent Sørensen 
La sera estatica World Premiere 
Copenhagen Philharmonic
John Storgårds, conductor  
The Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen, Denmark 

November 25, 2021 
Cheryl Frances-Hoad 

Scenes from the Wild World Premiere 
William Morgan, tenor  
City of London Sinfonia 
Geoffrey Paterson, conductor  
Southwark Cathedral, London, United Kingdom 

Based on the book by Dara McAnulty: Diary of a Young Naturalist. Where Dara traces the year through his autism and being bullied at school, but primarily through real events that describe his interaction with the natural world. His fascination for all flora and fauna and his horror at their destruction lead on to the start of his activism; by the end of this year he emerges, just before his 15th birthday, knowing where he must go.
December 3, 2021 
Joan Tower
1920/2019 World Premiere 
New York Philharmonic 
Jaap van Zweden, conductor  
Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY, United States of America 

1920/2019 was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden, Music Director. 2020 is the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. 1920 was the year when the amendment was ratified and adopted — an important and long sought-after achievement. This piece was written in 2019 as the #MeToo movement continued to grow. Victims of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment are ending their silence, finding strength by sharing their experiences and beliefs. Tower says these two years — 1920 and 2019 — were probably the two most historically significant years for the advancement of women in society.

December 9, 2021 
Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen
Weihnachtsortorium, version für Orchesters World Premiere
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra 
Vokalensemblet Gaia; Concert Clemens 
Florian Helgarth, conductor  
Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark 

December 19, 2021 
Howard Blake
The Snowman Symphony World Premiere 
Harrogate Symphony Orchestra 
Bryan Western, conductor  
The Royal Hall Harrogate, United Kingdom 
December 23, 2021 
Ramón Paus 
Cantata Sobre Fondo Alborán World Premiere 
ORCAM (Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid) 
Marzena Diakun, conductor 
Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain 

December 31, 2021 
Gabriela Lena Frank 
Pachamama Meets an Ode World Premiere 
Philadelphia Orchestra 
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor  
Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 


January 6, 2022 (& January 7-8, 2022) 

Hans Abrahamsen 

Vers le Silence World Premiere 

Cleveland Orchestra 

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor 

Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH, United States of America 


February 4, 2022 

Donnacha Dennehy 

Memoria World Premiere 

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 

Jessica Cottis, conductor 

National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 


March 10, 2022 

Bent Sørensen 

Sei Anime World Premiere 

Mahan Esfahani, cembalo 

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 

Andris Poga, conductor  

Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway 


March 16, 2022 

William Barton 

The Rising of Mother Country (for string quartet, oboe, clarinet, horn, piano, didgeridoo) World Premiere 

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble 

Chi-Chi Nwanoku, conductor 

Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Town Hall 


March 25, 2022 

Helen Grime 

Meditations on Joy World Premiere 

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 

Robin Ticciati, conductor  

Grime says of the work “This piece is an exploration of joy in its many different forms, from a personal perspective. The act of composing, although often a huge challenge, can occasionally elicit the most intense feeling of joy, and that is something that I wanted to pervade the whole piece. This is contrasted by much darker music, the one often coming out of the other quite unexpectedly.


March 31, 2022  

Missy Mazzoli 

Orpheus Undone World Premiere 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Symphony Center, Chicago, IL, United States of America