Go here for a substantial set of videos featuring Emmanuel Music’s Ryan Turner, along with John Harbison and Richard Dyer discussing John’s The Great Gatsby, to be performed by Emmanuel in Boston’s Jordan Hall this coming Sunday, May 12. Of particular interest in the videos are segments where John and Ryan perform excerpts from the piece, illustrating how the same motives and harmonies can be heard in both the synthetic period pop songs and in the main body of the work.
The Albany Symphony’s performance of a suite from The Great Gatsby as part of Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music festival is tomorrow night, May 7 – tickets here.
John Harbison’s Sixth Symphony is premiered by the Boston Symphony with mezzo Paula Murrihy this week. Harbison, Murrihy, and David Zinman, conductor for the premiere, discuss the piece at MIT this Wednesday. Update: more comments from JH about the piece here. Review in The Classical Review.
The Boston Symphony is playing two Harbison symphonies in upcoming subscription sets. Go here, click on “more details” and you will find a links to program notes for the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies. The BSO concludes its cycle of all the composer’s symphonies with the premiere of the Sixth this coming January 12.
-There is a substantial interview with John Harbison on the BSO’s Media Center page.
-You can find talks at the Institute for Advanced Studies by John Corigliano, George Perle, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and more here.