Composers and Programs for the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music July 17-21 [Berkshire on Stage]

John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi in a photo by Sheppard Ferguson.

John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi in a photo by Sheppard Ferguson.

Harbison and Gandolfi focus on American composers, former Tanglewood Fellows

The 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of composers John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi, will highlight works by American composers as part of Tanglewood’s season-long focus on American music with a special emphasis on works by former/current Tanglewood Music Center Composition Fellows and works by women composers, including Hannah Lash, Kate Soper, Anna Weesner, British composer Charlotte Bray and Korean composer Seung-Ah Oh. This year’s festival will also feature music by some of today’s most respected American composers, represented either by very recent works or by very early pieces, including John Adams, Martin Boykan, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison and Steven Mackey, as well as works by 20th century masters Jacob Druckman, George Perle and Roger Sessions.

A highlight of this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music is the world premiere of Welsh-born American composer Bernard Rands’ Folk Songs, a kind of autobiography of the composer’s musical life in England and Wales, Italy, Germany and the United States. This year’s festival also features the world premiere of Voices by the young German composer and 2012 TMC Fellow Benjamin Scheuer. These new works have been commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center.

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