Extended Play: SONiC Festival

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 12pm

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      Miller is proud to be one of the key partners in Sounds of a New Century (SONiC), a new nine-day festival devoted to music written in the first decade of the 21st century by emerging composers age 40 and under. Produced in partnership with American Composers Orchestra, SONiC will feature works by over 100 composers.

        Supported in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University,  the festival recalls the landmark Ditson festivals of contemporary music, held at Miller Theatre in the 1940’s and 50’s, which featured premieres by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and Elliott Carter, among many others. Could the next Ives be among this crop of new voices? Miller hosts three performances during the festival’s opening weekend.


  • JACK Quartet
  • Talea Ensemble
  • The New York Virtuoso Singers
  • Prism Quartet
  • Young People's Chorus of New York City: Cantare Chorus
  • Concert Chorus
  • Imani Winds
  • Dither Electric Guitar Quartet
  • NOW Ensemble


  • 12:00 - 3:00
  • JACK Quartet
  • Alex Mincek String Quartet no. 3 (lift-tilt-filter-split)
  • Talea Ensemble
  • Hector Parra String Trio U.S. premiere
  • Anthony Cheung Roundabouts U.S. premiere
  • Victor Adan/Douglas Repetto Tractus world premiere, Meet the Composer Commission
  • 4:30 - 7:30
  • JACK Quartet
  • Vykintas Baltakas b(ell tree) U.S. premiere
  • Aaron Cassidy Second String Quartet New York premiere*
  • The New York Virtuoso Singers
  • Jenece C. Gerber Je me delace
  • Nicholas Reeves In Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Michael Fletcher H
  • Thomas Lavoy White Stones
  • Yotam Haber I Am world premiere
  • JACK Quartet
  • Hannah Lash Filigree in Textile world premiere**
  • Prism Quartet
  • David Laganella Leafless Tree
  • Roshanne Etezady Inkling
  • Ken Ueno from sunrise to sunset, the summer of the Ken Ueno S.E.P.S.A. bus rides destra e sinistra around Ischia just to get tomorrow’s scatolame
  • Lei Liang Yuan
  • Kati Agocs Coloratura
  • Kristin Kuster Breath Beneath
  • JACK Quartet
  • Jessie Montgomery Standing / Forward  world premiere
  • Young People's Chorus of New York City: Cantare Chorus
  • Elizabeth Ziman Beauty in a Moment
  • Tarik O'Regan The Taxi
  • Susie Ibarra Excerpts from Saturnalia
  • Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum Two Songs from e. e. cummings
  • JACK Quartet
  • Gregory Spears Buttonwood New York premiere
  • Concert Chorus
  • Gabriela Lena Frank
      Picaflor Esmeralda from Two Mountain Songs
  • Bora Yoon Semaphore Conductus
  • Rufus Wainwright Hope is a Thing of Feathers from Bloom
  • 9:00 - 12:00
  • JACK Quartet
  • Jason Eckardt Subject  world premiere***
  • Imani Winds
  • Valerie Coleman Red Clay and Mississippi Delta
  • Mohammed Fairouz Wind Quintet (I. March) New York premiere
  • Philip Taylor Prelude and Scherzo
  • Jason Moran Cane
  • i. Togo to Natchitoches
  • ii. Coin Coin's narrative
  • iii. Gens libre de couleur
  • iv.   Natchitoches to New York
  • JACK Quartet
  • Matthew Barnson String Quartet No. 3 world premiere
  • Dither Electric Guitar Quartet
  • Paula Matthusen but because without this
  • Jascha Narveson The Driving One
  • Ches Smith Metal Vacation
  • Lisa R. Coons Prolix
  • Lainie Fefferman Tongue of Thorns
  • JACK Quartet
  • Christopher Otto Algol
  • NOW Ensemble
  • Patrick Burke Awake
  • Mark Dancigers New Work
  • Sarah Kirkland Snider New Work
  • Judd Greenstein Change

Additional Information

* commissioned by Südwestrundfunk/Donaueschinger Musiktage for the JACK Quartet. The collaborative research in the development of this piece was supported through a generous grant from the ‘Practice Led and Applied Research’ scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) **This piece was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation. ***This piece has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.