Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Music Professor’s Composition to Make Local Premiere This Week

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“A Wine-Dark Sea,” a composition by University of New Orleans music professor Yotam Haber will be performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra this week. It will be the local premiere for the work, which was first performed in 2007 in New York City by the Knights Chamber Orchestra as a MATA Festival commission. The MATA Festival is a New York-based annual contemporary classical musical festival dedicated to championing the works of young composers. 

The LPO will perform “A Wine-Dark Sea” on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Orpheum Theater. It will also hold a performance on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Covington. 

Also part of the program, two UNO adjunct faculty members, Jane Atherholt and Christopher Pell, will perform as soloists with the orchestra on Frank Martin’s “Concerto for Seven Winds and Tympani.”

Haber is an assistant professor of music and an internationally-acclaimed composer. He is a 2005 Guggenheim fellow and a 2007 Rome Prize winner in music composition. At UNO, he directs the composition program and teaches advanced theory and upper-level seminars. He also creates and stages numerous workshops and contemporary classical performances. Haber holds a doctorate from Cornell University.

He is spending the current semester composing in Berlin, courtesy of an ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents, as well as an artist grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, known as the DAAD.

In April the Kronos Quartet performed the world premiere of one of Haber’s compositions at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Haber’s “break_break_break” was commissioned jointly by the Kronos Quartet and Carnegie Hall, as part of its 125 Commissions Project. In order to celebrate its 125th anniversary, at least 125 new works will be commissioned from leading composers and premiered at Carnegie Hall between the 2015 and 2020 seasons.