The League of Composers, created in 1923, is America’s oldest organization devoted to contemporary music. The League draws on a remarkably rich history, including such groundbreaking premieres as Schönberg’s Die Glückliche Hand, Béla Bartók’s Village Scenes, Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and Anton Webern’s Symphony for Chamber Orchestra. The League also sponsored the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, many pieces by Aaron Copland, György Ligeti’s Horn Trio, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlequin, and many works by former honorary Board Co-Chairs Elliott Carter and Milton Babbitt.
Their orchestra’s second summer concert of 2019 features Thea Musrgave’s Aurora , whose symbolic title invoking the dawn, represents potential and burgeoning of young talent (the commissioning of this work coming from the Colburn School of Performing Arts).
The Orchestra of the League of Composers
Louis Karchin and David Fulmer, conductors
Heather Buck, soprano
Curtis Macomber, violin
Thea Musgrave: Aurora (1999)
Martin Boykan: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2003)
Friedrich Heinrich Kern: Von Taufedern und Sternen (2018)
Louis Karchin: Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney (2018)