• The Carnegie Hall Season in Review: Carnegie Hall Commissions

    Since the inception of the commissioning program in the 1990-1991 season, Carnegie Hall has regularly commissioned new works, ranging from solos to large orchestral pieces, and also works for jazz band. This continued throughout the 2010–2011 season, with the performance of 11 new pieces commissioned and co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

    Composer: Timothy Andres
    Work: Trade Winds (New York Premiere)
    Performance: Ensemble ACJW, October 12, 2010

    Composer: Stephen Hartke
    Work: Night Songs for a Desert Flower (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Performance: Brentano String Quartet, November 3, 2010

    Composer: Atsuhiko Gondai
    Work: Decathexis (US Premiere, co-commission with Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto)
    Performance: Saito Kinen Orchestra; Tatsuya Shimono, Conductor, December 14, 2010

    Composer: David Bruce
    Work: Steampunk (New York Premiere)
    Performance: Ensemble ACJW, February 7, 2011

    Composer: Brad Mehldau
    Work: Love Songs (New York Premiere of expanded version)
    Performance: Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano; Brad Mehldau, Piano, February 19, 2011

    Composer: Jake Heggie
    Work: The Breaking Waves (World Premiere)
    Performance: Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano; David Zobel, Piano, March 6, 2011

    Composer: Brad Mehldau
    Work: Rock 'n' Roll Dances No. 3 & 4 (World Premiere)
    Performance: Brad Mehldau, Piano, March 11, 2011

    Composer: Thomas Adès
    Work: The Four Quarters (World Premiere)
    Performance: Emerson String Quartet, March 12, 2011

    Composer: Mark Grey
    Work: Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels) Original libretto by Niloufar Talebi (World Premiere, co-commission)
    Performance: Jessica Rivera, Soprano; Molly Morkoski, Piano; Ensemble Meme; Donato Cabrera, Conductor, March 29, 2011

    Composer: Christopher Rouse
    Work: String Quartet No. 3 (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Performance: Calder Quartet, April 15, 2011

    Composer: Steve Reich
    Work: WTC 9/11 (New York Premiere, co-commission)
    Performance: Kronos Quartet, April 30, 2011

    Kronos Quartet performing Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 (Stefan Cohen)
    Kronos Quartet performs the New York premiere of Steve Reich's WTC 9/11, a Carnegie Hall co-commission. Photo by Stefan Cohen.