The Orchestra Now to Premiere Scott Wheeler’s ‘Birds of America’ at Carnegie Hall

By Logan Martell
(Credit: Photo by Trans-Siberian Art Festival)

On Nov. 18, 2021, The Orchestra Now will give its first Carnegie Hall concert of the season.

The program will feature the world premiere of award-winning composer Scott Wheeler’s “Birds of America,” performed by violinist Gil Shaham, as well as the venue’s first full performance of Julia Perry’s “Stabat Mater,” performed by mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter. The program will be rounded out by George Bristow’s “Arcadian Symphony.” Leon Botstein conducts.

Currently the Senior Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Boston’s Emerson College, Wheeler has been commissioned by companies such as the Met, and has been performed by artists such as Renee Fleming and Kent Nagano.

The Orchestra Now is comprised of 65 promising young musicians from 13 countries, handpicked from some of the world’s leading conservatories, and united in their mission to make orchestral music relevant and accessible to modern audiences.