Hear the Chicago Symphony play “Songs for Adam”

My Songs for Adam, a song cycle on poetry of Susan Stewart, was premiered last fall by baritone Brian Mulligan and the Chicago Symphony with Sir Andrew Davis conducting. Now the cycle is being included on the Chicago Symphony radio broadcast schedule.  Beginning February 12 for 7 days, the concert that included Adam will be broadcast on various radio stations throughout the country. Individual stations set their own times for offering the CSO broadcasts. You can find a list of stations and broadcast times here. Beginning February 15, and continuing for six weeks, the concert will be available for online streaming at the CSO website. You can find an excerpt from the score of Adam at my website. I hope you will have a chance to hear what was a superb performance of the piece.

Encores: no and yes

So my letter about repeat performances did make it into this week’s Arts & Leisure section. (Note the extended discussion of this topic below.)

But just at a moment when I am publicly kvetching about new music not having a life after the premiere, comes the news that my Songs for Adam will continue its life for a bit in the form of a radio broadcast. The piece will be heard on the Chicago Symphony’s radio series for one week beginning Friday, February 12. (You need to check here to find out if and when your local station will broadcast the concert.) In addition, the piece will be available for streaming on the web for six weeks beginning Monday, February 15. After the six weeks, supporting material about the performance (program notes and such) will be archived on the CSO website.

If my letter to the Times makes me sound unappreciative for the efforts that orchestras do make to provide continuing support for new pieces, let me correct that impression by saying I am more than grateful to the CSO for including the piece on their broadcast series.