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2016 Concert features new SONOS commission


Tuesday May 24, 2016, 8:00pm 

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023

Tickets: $30 General Admission, $20 Student/Senior


Jessie Montgomery: Starburst for strings
Jean Sibelius: The Wood Nymph (Skogsrået), melodrama for speaker, piano, 2 horns & string orchestra, Op. 15 – N.Y. Premiere (narrator, TBC)
Alexander Brott: Aurora Borealis – U.S. Premiere
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Chamber Symphony Op. 97 (1996) – U.S. Premiere
- Intermission -
Paul Moravec: Albany Rhythms
Alice Ho: Dark Waters – new chamber orchestra version with electronics introduction
Fredrik Sixten: Concerto for Two Pianos – World Premiere SONOS Commission
Dave Grusin: Theme to On Golden Pond – World Premiere SONOS Commission



SONOS Chamber Orchestra: Nature as an inspiration for Music

Nature and physical surroundings have long inspired composers: whether it's the more than 150,000 lakes in Finland, the Northern Lights in Canada, or the astronomical wonders of our Cosmos. To honor the 150th birth season of Jean Sibelius, SONOS performs “The Wood Nymph” and a newly commissioned Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra (including a “Valse Triste”) by Fredrik Sixten.  South Korea's Yoo + Kim Piano Duo (winners of the 2013 Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition) will perform. Also on the program is music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec, and Finnish composer Pehr Henrik Nordgen.

Classical music continues to draw audiences and provides an opportunity to be soothed, entertained and sometimes even challenged.  As an art, new music must always be composed and producers and artists much program these to further the art.  In 2008, Music Director Erik Ochsner met Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten and then SONOS performed Fredrik's magnificent Requiem.  To reflect our commitment to living composers, we are very excited to announce a SONOS commission:

Concerto for 2 Pianos and Chamber Orchestra by Fredrik Sixten

Yoo + Kim, piano duo



After the huge success of Fredrik's Requiem in 2012, SONOS commissioned this new concerto which is composed in honor of the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation, and dedicated to the memory of Ruth Unger.

Listen to the SONOS Chamber Orchestra choir perform Agnus Dei from the Fredik Sixten's Requiem.


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