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The Kronos Quartet has been a long-time champion of the music of Michael Gordon, having commissioned Sad Park in 2006 and Potassium in 2000. This fall, they premiere two brand new pieces by Gordon: Clouded Yellow, with a world premiere at Dartmouth on October 2nd and at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on October 9th, and another world premiere, Exalted, for string quartet and chorus, for which they will join forces with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City at Le Poisson Rouge

Listen above to Francisco Nuñez and 3 of his choristers from the Young People's Chorus of NYC talk about their work on Gordon's Exalted.

On May 7, London's Barbican Centre presents the BBC Symphony in the UK premiere of Michael Gordon's Rewriting Beethoven's 7th Symphony. Commissioned by the Beethoven-Bonn Festival and premiered by the Bamberger Symphoniker in 2006, Gordon's remarkable re-imagining filters one of the classics of the classics through the lens of the 21st-century. Not looking to improve on the work's timeless quality, but to imagine 'what if someone unknowingly used this material in the course of writing his or her new work?'

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On June 16 at Korzo Theatre in Den Haag, The Netherlands, the Dutch percussion group Slagwerk Den Haag gives the world premiere of Michael Gordon's percussion sextet, Timber, an evening-length tour de force.

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On October 14 at Bowling Green State University, Mantra Percussion gives the US premiere of Michael Gordon's percussion sextet, Timber -- followed by a North American tour that includes the Canadian premiere on October 22 at the X Avant Festival (with indie rock-duo Buke & Gass).

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On November 29, Paul Hillier conducts the Coro Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal in the world premiere of Michael Gordon's The Bird Watcher for chorus. Click here for more info!

 

On November 29, Paul Hillier conducts the Coro Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal in the world premiere of Michael Gordon's The Bird Watcher for chorus. Click here for more info!

On October 14 at Bowling Green State University, Mantra Percussion gives the US premiere of Michael Gordon's percussion sextet, Timber -- followed by a North American tour that includes the Canadian premiere on October 22 at the X Avant Festival (with indie rock-duo Buke & Gass).

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Available now on iTunes and (in stunning wooden case) at Cantaloupe Music. Listen to NPR's All Things Considered review. image of wooden CD box

Timber's wooden CD case

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