Spring For Music 2012

June 18, 2012

St. Paul, Minn. — This May the Spring for Music festival returned to Carnegie Hall, showcasing some of North America's most exciting orchestras.

The festival featured the Houston Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Nashville Symphony. Each of the innovative programs was unique and demonstrated the vitality of classical music today: from rarely heard works by Varese and Busoni to New York premieres by Paul Lansky and Avner Dorman paired with Beethoven.

Monday, June 18, at 8 p.m., hear the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The Alabama Symphony juxtaposes the current with the canonic in their Carnegie Hall debut. Two New York premieres — Avner Dorman's Astrolatry, and Paul Lansky's Shapeshifters for Two Pianos and Orchestra, both Alabama Symphony Orchestra commissions — are paired with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Music director Justin Brown, also making his Carnegie Hall debut, conducts, with piano soloists Quattro Mani.

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