The ASO offers another free performance to close its 60th anniversary season. In line with the ASO’s long history of championing American artists, the closing concert offers a trio of living American Pulitzer Prize-winning composers including Melinda Wagner and two of her mentors, Richard Wernick and Shulamit Ran. Philadelphia-born Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion was distinguished for its well-crafted flute solo. Boston native Richard Wernick’s Viola Concerto—written for violist Walter Trampler and Leon Botstein (who conducted the 1987 premiere)—alludes to the well-known Dylan Thomas poem “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Shulamit Ran’s Symphony, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, also won the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award the same year as her 1991 Pulitzer.
The program’s highlight is the world premiere of Roberto Sierra’s newly commissioned Concerto for Electric Violin, which presents a mixture of Sierra’s Latin-influenced ideas and modern compositional techniques through the voice of the electric violin, performed by the renowned electric violinist Tracy Silverman.
This performance is being offered for free as a gift to the City of New York. Reservations are required and will be available in early 2022 at americansymphony.org and jazz.org. Ticket holders will need to follow the venue’s guidelines and show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 using a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to enter the building.
We believe excellent orchestral music should be accessible to all, not reserved for a privileged few. In this spirit, we are offering free admission for this concert. If you have the means, please consider making a donation to help make more programs like this possible and provide “great music for everyone.”
Roberto Sierra (1953- )
Concerto for Electric Violin (2022) – World Premiere
Melinda Wagner (1957- )
Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion (1998)
II. Sad, Simple; Warm
III. Quarter = Ca. 100
Richard Wernick (1934- )
Viola Concerto (“Do Not Go Gentle…”) (1986)
I. “Do Not Go Gentle…”
II. “…Into That Good Night”