Despite its mysterious-sounding name, the Sphinx Commissioning Consortium is not a secret society conspiring toward a new world order. Its a group of nine American orchestras that commission a prominent black or Hispanic composer to create a new work each year. As part of the Sphinx ennead, New World Symphony will present the world premiere of the 2011 commissioned work in Opening Fanfare, a program that officially launches NWSs 24th season.
This years Sphinx composer is James Lee III, a former composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. He wrote Sukkot Through Orions Nebula, a festive piece that celebrates Judaisms Feast of Tabernacles. Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct, and the program will also feature Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, who will perform Schumanns Piano Concerto. Opening Fanfare begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center. If Saturdays performance sells out, you can catch a live stream on the New World Centers projection wall in SoundScape Park.
Sat., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 16, 2 p.m., 2011