Given the reams of new music commissioned and premiered each season by David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the question arises as to whether the pieces are performed again. The question itself can open a philosophical discussion about the relative importance of an enduring classical repertoire and the value of providing opportunities for young artists. But it’s always fair to ask, has anyone else heard of this stuff before? And where does it go from here?
It is a pleasure to announce that a recent commission from ASO, Viet Cuong’s brilliant and memorable percussion quartet concerto “Re (new) al” has received two dozen performances since its debut by the Dogs of Desire at the 2017 American Music Festival at EMPAC. Inspired by renewable energy sources and commissioned by GE Renewable Energy, the piece became the engine of the 31-year-old composer’s rapid success. ASO’s continuing relationship with him continues on Saturday, November 13 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with the performance of his “Trees for Next Week”.