SONOS Chamber Orchestra: Nature as an inspiration for Music

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8PM

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
(129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023)

Tickets: $30 General Admission, $20 Student/Senior

Nature and physical surroundings have long inspired composers: whether it's the more than 150,000 lakes in Finland, the Northern Lights in Canada, or the astronomical wonders of our Cosmos. To honor the 150th birth season of Jean Sibelius, SONOS performs the New York Premiere of the melodrama version of “The Wood Nymph”, narrated by Edmund Stone, host of the radio program "The Score." Also on the program is a newly commissioned Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra (including a “Valse Triste”) by Fredrik Sixten. South Korea's Yoo + Kim Piano Duo (winners of the 2013 Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition) will perform. Also on the program is music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec, and Finnish composer Pehr Henrik Nordgen. 


  • Chamber Orchestra by Fredrik Sixten
  • 2 Pianos by Yoo + Kim, piano duo


Jessie Montgomery: Starburst for strings
Jean Sibelius:
The Wood Nymph (Skogsrået), melodrama for speaker, piano, 2 horns & string orchestra, Op. 15 – N.Y. Premiere (narrator, Edmund Stone)
Alexander Brott: Aurora Borealis – U.S. Premiere
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Chamber Symphony Op. 97 (1996) – U.S. Premiere

- Intermission -

Paul Moravec: Albany Rhythms
Alice Ho: Dark Waters – World Premiere of new orchestration
Fredrik Sixten: Concerto for Two Pianos – World Premiere SONOS Commission
Dave Grusin: Theme to On Golden Pond – World Premiere SONOS Commission

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Miro Yoon