In its 2017-18 season, the Grammy-nominated self-conducted chamber music collective A Far Cry joins pianist Simone Dinnerstein to premiere a new concerto for piano and strings composed for Dinnerstein by Philip Glass. In celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday, select premiere performances of the concerto, paired with J. S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in G minor, will take place in Boston, MA; New London, CT; at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, NY; in Worcester, MA; Palm Beach, FL; and at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. A recording of the work for Glass’ Orange Mountain Music label is scheduled for release in 2018.
This Glass project, along with the A Far Cry’s ambitious The Blue Hour project, are the latest high-profile commissions/collaborations that have become a hallmark for the group.
“Playing with A Far Cry is the ultimate chamber music experience. Every musician is an active listener and contributor. I can’t wait to discover this new concerto with them!” – Simone Dinnerstein
2017-18 Tour Dates
Sep. 22 >>> New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall; Boston, MA [ INFO ]
Sep. 23 >>> Connecticut College; New London, CT [ INFO ]
Sep. 28 >>> Miller Theatre at Columbia University; New York, NY [ INFO ]
Feb. 11 >>> Mechanics Hall; Worcester, MA
Feb. 14 >>> Society of the Four Arts; Palm Beach, FL
May 25 >>> The Royal Conservatory; Toronto, ON
“The idea for this commission first germinated in Philip Glass’s garden, where we met for breakfast one beautiful morning in the fall of 2014. I had been a fan of Glass since my tweens. In fact, his music drama The Photographer was the first live event that I attended without an adult, at age twelve. As a result, I have always associated his music with coming of age. I was thrilled and honored when I received Glass’s invitation to breakfast and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of his concerto.
“There are almost no concertos written for piano and strings since Bach’s time. Both Glass and I have a strong interest in the music of Bach and how it impacts us today. The pairing of the Bach concerto with his own composition will create myriad strands of connectivity, enabling the listener to create bridges between the old and the new.”
A FAR CRY SAYS
“A Far Cry has always been a proponent of new music, and it has been a dream of ours since day one to commission a major work from an iconic American composer such as Philip Glass. We’re delighted to be partnering on this project with Simone Dinnerstein, a collaborator beloved by our group and one of America’s finest pianists.” – Jason Fisher, viola