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The debut concert of CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic's new-music series, to be broadcast on Q2, Classical 105.9 FM WQXR's contemporary classical music stream, on Tuesday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m. Listeners may access the broadcasts by visiting www.wqxr.org/Q2: select the Q2 tab on the Player and click "Listen." The concert can also be heard on iTunes.
The first CONTACT! program took place on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at Peter Norton Symphony Space, and featured works by Marc-André Dalbavie, Arthur Kampela, Lei Liang, and Arlene Sierra,
performed by New York Philharmonic musicians and conducted by host Magnus Lindberg, The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic.
The broadcast will include introductions by the composers, in discussion with Mr. Lindberg, which took place that evening prior to complete performance of their works.
The compositions - all New York Philharmonic commissions - are Marc-André Dalbavie's Melodia, a piece where noise evolves into melody; Arthur Kampela's MACUNAÍMA, based on a book about a Brazilian mythic hero; Lei Liang's Verge, inspired by the birth of his son; and Arlene Sierra's Game of Attrition, inspired by Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, natural selection, and power struggles. The
instrumentation varies from work to work. Mr. Dalbavie's piece, for example, utilizes 13 players that include winds, horns, percussion, and strings. Mr. Kampela's piece is for 20 players, with five off-stage led by an assisting conductor. Mr. Liang employs 18 strings, and Ms. Sierra uses 20 instruments, including winds, brass, percussion, harp, keyboard, and strings.