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Summergarden concert at MoMA

Summergarden concert at MoMA

July 8, 2012

MoMA Summergarden 

New Juilliard Ensemble  New Music for Large Ensembles

I went to this because Henrik Strindberg’s music was being performed.  Henrik is from Stockholm and I met him in Iceland at the Nordic Days Music Festival last October and it was a special treat to see him here and get to hear his music again. The setting, in MoMA’s sculptural garden, was perfect, all seats were filled and it was finally not too hot. All four compositions were a premiere of some sort.  Joel Sachs conducted the excellent Ensemble and was a welcoming host who acknowledged that the chirping birds were an active part of the audience. First on the program “The Myth” by Sukhi Kang (Korea), a No. American premiere. Strindberg’s “Timeline” (2008) was a Western Hemisphere premiere performed by nine members of the ensemble and was full of gorgeous arpeggios.  All was as wonderful as I remembered and I particularly liked the piano part and will now re-listen many times to this striking music on his CD. After intermission was the Western Hemisphere premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s (Japan) “Drawing” and then to end the evening a longer (four movement) and lush composition by Roberto Sierra “Concierto de Camara” (2008), a New York premiere.  This was also performed by nine members of the Ensemble.  It was wonderful to be there to bask in the artistic setting, hear great music and see my Swedish friend.  He runs Sound of Stockholm Festival and I hope to get there before too long. For sure, I will be at the Nordic Days Music Festival again, probably 2014 in Finland. NYTimes review: