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News - Gabriela Lena Frank and the Philadelphia Orchestra's Four BeethovenNOW Premieres

Images: Frank by Sabina Frank; Beethoven from Wikimedia
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Beethoven's music was groundbreaking, original, and provocative. To celebrate his legacy in 2020, we must pay attention to the voices of today through music that sheds a light on contemporary struggles and aspirations.

— Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director

With the leadership of Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank and three of today's most compelling composers — Iman Habibi, Jessica Hunt, and Carlos Simon (all fellows of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music) — Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra re-state classical music's most known and beloved works, the nine symphonies of Beethoven, in contemporary context.

In addition to composing her new work, Pachamama Meets an Ode, which will premiere alongside performances of Symphonies Nos. 1 and 9, Frank has served as mentor to, and champion of, her three Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music composers. Last November, as Habibi composed Jeder Baum spricht, Hunt worked on Climb, and Simon created Fate Now Conquers, the four gathered at Frank's Creative Academy in Boonville, CA.

Watch the BeethovenNOW trailer
The composers share their thoughts on the premieres.

The Four Pairings:
Symphonies 5 & 6 / Iman Habibi Jeder Baum spricht
March 12, 14, & 15

Symphonies 2 & 3 / Jessica Hunt Climb
March 19, 21, & 22

Symphonies 8, 4, & 7 / Carlos Simon Fate Now Conquers
March 27, 28, & 29

Symphonies 1 & 9 / Gabriela Lena Frank Pachamama Meets an Ode
April 2, 4, & 5

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