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New Music Predictions: Matthew Aucoin

In a world of music where we are so often looking back into the past, Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary celebrations send a clear message about the importance of looking forward, particularly when it comes to programming. To mark each of the years since it first opened its doors in 1891, Carnegie Hall has commissioned 125 new works to be premiered throughout the 2015–2020 seasons.

So where do we expect this new music to go? This question was put to both established and emerging composers who have recently been commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

The universe is expanding; human music expands with it. Its circumference perpetually widens. Music never just grew in any one direction—but in our millennium, thank goodness, it’s easy to see that that’s the case. It makes me glad just to keep burrowing down my own little rabbit hole (or maybe it’s a wormhole). Who knows where it will lead?

—Matthew Aucoin


This article first appeared in Carnegie Hall: 125 Years of an Iconic Music Venue’s Most Remarkable People and Memorable Events, available at

Photo of Matthew Aucoin by John Andrews.

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