Opening Session (VIDEO)

Session Date Start Time End Time Attachments
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 3:45 pm 5:15 pm

Welcome from Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras; Simon Woods, executive director, Seattle Symphony

Presentation of Gold Baton Award by Deborah Rutter, president, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association; president designate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


Performance by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Rodgers Radcliffe, conductor

Aaron Jay Kernis: Dreamsongs For Cello and Orchestra

II    Kora Song
Joshua Roman, cello soloist

Richard Wagner: Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung


“Cello Multitracks” (2010) by Gabriel Prokofiev (excerpts)

Joshua Roman. cello
Gabriel Prokofiev, DJ

“Cello Multitracks” is a dance suite for cello nonet; originally conceptualized as a multi-track work to be recorded by just one cellist.  The four contrasting movements continue Gabriel’s interest in taking influences from both electronic dance music and older, more traditional classical forms. Recorded using a range of performance techniques which often forego conventional classical requirements, combined with the multi-track effect of eight of the parts recorded by Peter Gregson on the same instrument, a unique sound world is created: an impossible ensemble; acoustic yet also “post-electronica.”


Keynote address by Claire Chase (Transcript)

Claire Chase, the flutist, cultural activist, founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble and 2012 MacArthur Fellow, gives the keynote address this year, sharing her unique perspective on rule-breaking new models that catalyze creativity and nimbleness in new organizational and artistic practices. With Edgard Varese’s 1936 statement that “music, which should pulsate with life, needs new means of expression” as a springboard, Chase imagines a 21st century musical ecosystem with invention as its engine and change as its guide. She will start her address with a performance of Varese’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5.


BMI and DCM, Inc. generously co-sponsored the Opening Session.

V-cube generously sponsored Web Broadcasting services for the Opening Session.