The SDG new commissions for 2017-2018 involve a wide range of composers, from Grammy and Pulitzer winners; a wide range of locations, from Oregon to New York, from Chicago to Salzburg; and a wide range of venues, from summer festivals and universities, to museums and churches.
World Premiere: Oregon Bach Festival, Summer 2018
Performance and Commercial Recording: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Both performances will be conducted by JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic.
In this full-length oratorio for chorus, orchestra, and four soloists, Richard Danielpour brings the last 24 hours of Jesus’s life back to its Jewish origins. The texts are assembled from the four Gospels, complemented by Hebrew Scriptures, leaning heavily on Isaiah, the Psalms, and other ancient Jewish texts.
The Via Dolorosa, literally “the way of sorrows,” is the traditional route in Jerusalem that Jesus traveled on the day of his crucifixion from the judgment seat of Pilate to the site of the crucifixion. Laycock’s musical portrait of the 14 stations along the Via Dolorosa is a 32-minute work for orchestra, chorus, soprano and tenor soloists, commissioned by SDG Music Foundation with generous support from William H. and Judith M. Scheide. Dedicated to the memory of Anita Nelson.
World Premiere: September 17, 2017,
St. Bonaventure University, New York
New York City Premiere: September 19, 2017,
The Cloisters of The Met Museum
European Premiere: Salzburg, Austria,
Fall 2017, Franziskaner Kirche
The New York City premiere of Luisi’s Mass will be performed in the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters, which houses a twelfth-century Romanesque apse, originally part of the San Martín church at Fuentidueña in Segovia and re-created stone-by-stone in this historic chapel. Performers include students from St. Bonaventure University and Houghton College, along with an instrumental ensemble from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and two soloists.
The world premiere of Dr. Pann’s flute trio will be performed at the SDG Fall Gala, October 28, 2017, by Jennie Oh Brown, flute; Kurt Fowler, cello; Jennifer Blyth, piano. Flutist Jennie Oh Brown is a faculty member at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and in the Music Department at Elmhurst College. She is also the Artistic Director and flutist with Picosa, a Chicago-based chamber ensemble that performs an eclectic body of repertoire from around the globe and across the centuries, from Baroque to new experimental music.