The New York Philharmonic has been in the news (if only briefly) about their noticeable lack of inclusion of anything other than dead, white, men in their 2011-2012 concert season. But as I mentioned then, the NY Phil is just continuing a long-standing and unfortunate precedent. This year Sofia Gubaidulina has the honor of being the only woman to have her work performed by the ensemble.
This past weekend saw the New York premiere of Gubaidulina’s In Tempus Praesens, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter. Alex Ross, critic for The New Yorker, shared through his blog a video of the composer and soloist discussing the work and the creative process:
But more is yet to come. Gubaidulina’s Two Paths will be heard in New York the week of April 13th, featuring Cynthia Phelps and Rebecca young on viola. Below is a short interview with Kurt Masur and Cynthia Phelps about performing the work:
You can find out more information and buy tickets for the upcoming performances here.