The NYU Symphony, the premier orchestral ensemble at NYU Steinhardt, will present a concert featuring Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Dreamland, and works by the 2015 NYU Steinhardt Composition Competition Winners Brian Haller and Brian Paul. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Cyr and will take place at the Peter Norton Symphony Space on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m.
Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra was written by Glass for Jonathan Haas, director of the NYU Steinhardt Percussion Program, who premiered it with the American Symphony Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 2000. The performance will feature the 2015 NYU Steinhardt Percussion Competition winners Alex Appel and Zac Robason and will incorporate a total of 13 timpani.
Sigurðsson is an Icelandic composer, producer, and musician, most famous for his work as recording-artist Björk’s programmer and engineer. Dreamland is the score to Þorfinnur Guðnason and Andri Snær Magnason’s 2009 Icelandic documentary of the same name about politics, environmentalism and damming. While the score is being performed, the film will be projected above the orchestra.
Andrew Cyr is a Grammy-nominated conductor and leader in the contemporary music scene. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the lauded Metropolis Ensemble, which has commissioned over ninety new works since its inception in 2006 by a roster of composers whose awards include the Pulitzer Price, the Juno Award, the Rome Prize, and the Guggenheim Fellowship.