Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival will be back for a 12th year to present adventurous new music, exciting collaborations and US premieres January 12-14, 2017 at Aronoff Center and Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH. The festival kicks off Thursday, January 12th at Aronoff Center for the Arts with Bob Weir and The Campfire Boys (featuring my brother, Aaron Dessner, and my bandmates Scott and Bryan Devendorf) performing songs from Weir’s new solo record Blue Mountain.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will be back for a fourth year of groundbreaking artistic collaboration. On Friday, January 13th at the Taft Theatre, CSO will present a rare performance of Andrew Norman’s 21st century masterwork for orchestra, Play, followed by Matthias Pintscher’s idyll for orchestra, a work originally commissioned for the Cleveland Orchestra in 2014. To conclude Friday’s performances, Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan will be joined by Aaron Dessner to perform works from her new recording, At Swim.
Saturday, January 14th will feature more ambitious programming from CSO including work from Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with soloist Pekka Kuusisto (making his CSO debut) and composer Timo Andres, who will perform his work for piano and orchestra, The Blind Banister, which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. The evening will conclude with the U.S. premiere of my chamber concerto for electric guitar, Wires.
Visit musicnowfestival.org for ticket info.