From Q2 Live Concerts: “Live Webcast and Online Chat for SONiC Conclusion”

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SONiC 2011 and the World Premiere of St. Carolyn by the Sea from The National’s Bryce Dessner

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Bryce Dessner

On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm, the concluding night of the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center plays palatial host to the world premiere of composer-performer Bryce Dessner‘s double guitar concerto, St. Carolyn by the Sea. Featuring Bryce Dessner on guitar along with his twin brother Aaron Dessner, the SONiC-commissioned piece will be led by American Composer Orchestra conductor George Manahan and hosted by John Schaefer from WNYC’s New Sounds Live.


John Schaefer

Q2 Music host Olivia Giovetti will also be moderating a live online chat beginning at 6:45 p.m. for the virtual community listening in on this premiere-laden, culminating concert.


Olivia Giovetti

In a recent interview with Q2 Music’s own Nadia Sirota, Dessner explains the Jack Kerouac-inspired literary origins of St. Carolyn by the Sea and his trepidation in writing for orchestral forces.


Nadia Sirota

Fellow under-40 composer Andrew Norman also spoke with us about the re-orchestration of his piece Unstuck, which is based on how listeners make sense of a fragmented musical world. The night’s concert also features New York premieres from Ruby Fulton, Ryan Gallagher, Suzanne Farrin as well as a world premiere by Paul Yeon Lee.”

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