FALLS VILLAGE — The Next Festival of Emerging Artists will perform a concert of contemporary orchestral music for the benefit of the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7PM at Gordon Hall, Music Mountain.
In its seventh season at Music Mountain, the Next Festival with composer and Artistic Director Peter Askim will present, among other works, the American Premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Hika, a meditation on memory and its fragility, with a solo by featured performer, violinist Miranda Cuckson. A culinary tent of local food and refreshments will be open at 6 p.m.
Admission is free, and donations benefiting the library are welcome. For seating, contact the David M. Hunt Library at 860-824-7424.
Next Festival Artistic Director Peter Askim said of the concert’s program: “We are thrilled this year to be working with violinist Miranda Cuckson. Her solo in Toshio Hosokawa’s Hika is a conversation between a homesick soul and the cosmos, represented by the orchestra. Also on the program is Aaron Jay Kernis’ epic Sarabanda in Memoriam, a searing reaction to the cataclysm of 9/11, and Reena Esmail’s Teen Murti, which filters Hindustani musical traditions paying homage to the past with an eye to the future.”
Completing the program is a new work by Askim that he describes as “A celebration of the human spirit’s ability to transcend circumstance and find hope and joy in the midst of everyday life.”
The concert marks the conclusion of the Next Festival participants’ week of intense study and practice at Music Mountain. Founded in 2013, the festival brings together an ensemble of 20 young string players engaging in student-led chamber music rehearsals and one-on-one coaching with Peter Askim. After the concert, the festival moves to New York City for a second performance, as well as professional studio recordings and workshops with choreographers exploring multi-disciplinary collaboration and improvisation.
For more information about the Next Festival visit next-fest.org.