The New York Times' music critic Joshua Barone surveys the landscape of classical music podcasts, noting that it is finally beginning to flourish. "During the past year," he writes, "established shows have evolved while others have joined. And one, 'Mission: Commission,' is breaking new ground."
Hosted by Miller's executive director Melissa Smey, Mission: Commission follows the creative journeys of three composers who have been given six weeks to create a newly commissioned piece of music: Marcos Balter writes for harpist Parker Ramsay, Courtney Bryan writies for trombonist Andrae Murchison and herself on piano, and August Read Thomas writes for percussionist John Corkill.
According to Barone, "Rarely are audiences granted this kind of insight into a composer’s process. New works might be given a brief introduction from the stage, a program note or some advance press. What often gets lost is the story of creation — the hiccups and dead ends, the thrill of discovery. And that is central to “Mission: Commission...”