Chief Conductor David Robertson has curated the first in a pair of concerts celebrating new music and contemporary inspiration.
Gnarly Buttons is the kind of awesome contemporary piece that leaves listeners smiling. It features John Adams' own instrument, the clarinet, and reveals a medley of influences from marching bands to Mozart. Organised as three "forgeries", there's a shape-note hymn, a "Mad Cow" hoe-down and the simple vernacular of a traditional folk song. The spotlight passes to the flute (and its "echoes") for ...explosante-fixe... – music that will show David Robertson's special affinity with Pierre Boulez. Its title comes from a line in André Breton's 1930s surrealist novel Insane Love: "Convulsive beauty will be erotic-veiled, exploding-fixed, magical-circumstantial, or it will not be at all." And to sit beside these contemporary classics, we've commissioned Australian Kate Neal to write a new work that promises to be a complete and transporting experience, engaging eyes as well as ears.