Recently, I got appointed the Chairman of the Board for the SONOS Chamber Orchestra in NYC. Until now, the orchestra has been a professional orchestra focused on reaching smaller communities. It doesn't have a permanent home (mainly due to budget reasons). But we're fortunate to get Tan Dun and Robert Spano (Atlanta Symphony Music Director) on our Advisory Board and we're making proactive steps to establish a strategic alliance with either Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall.
We're starting to plan programming for our 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons and I am soliciting your feedback on some of these ideas below. We do plan to invite other instrumentalists, singers, dancers, etc but for violinists, the music director and I are thinking about the following: (keep in mind that the mission of the orchestra is to present works that are rarely heard -- not the tchaikovsky, bruch, mendelssohn concertos because there are other orchestras in the nearby area such as Brooklyn Phil, Orchestra of St Lukes, NY PHilharmonic, etc).
Concert 1: Leila Josefowicz performing a new commissioned work for violin and chamber orchestra by John Adams. (Apparently, Josefowicz wanted to "test out" a new work composed by John Adams with Adams conducting our orchestra before doing a world premiere in a big city such as London).
Concert 2: Cho-Liang Lin (work TBD)
Concert 3: Ivry Gitlis performing Beethoven's Kreutzer violin sonata (arranged for chamber orchestra and solo violin).
Concert 4: Ida Haendel (work TBD)
Concert 5: Jennifer Koh - Magnus Lindberg Violin Concerto.
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