On October 25 in Zankel Hall, Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices premiere David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, a work co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall that would go on to win the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music.
Six months later, on April 18, eighth blackbird gives the New York premiere of Steve Reich’s Double Sextet—another Carnegie Hall co-commission and the 2009 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Carnegie Hall formalized its commissioning program in the 1990–1991 centennial season, and since then it has regularly commissioned new works, ranging from solos to large orchestral pieces by Elliott Carter, David Del Tredici, Bill Frisell, Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Gordon, Brad Mehldau, Meredith Monk, André Previn, Kaija Saariaho, Charles Wuorinen, and many others.
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