New Music 2020-21 Season

“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form” -Plato

Looking way back, the Ancient Greeks already recognized the fluidity between music and our lives- both as metaphor as well as influence. The 20-21 New Milestones season unpacks the works of today with the lens of elements we engage with on a daily basis: transitions, space, scope, and time. Pairing new and archival performances along with interviews of composers and musicians, the New Milestones season presents an opportunity to get to know these important composers’ voices in ways that the traditional concert setting may not typically allow- up close and intimately. The four New Milestone programs will be interspersed with four Composers in Focus sessions in which audiences are invited to become more familiar with individual composers through engaging with their music in advance and culminating in a chance to speak with the composer and musicians who work closely with them.

New Milestones:

Primarily a concert experience, supplemented with informational material to provide context, this series explores and unpacks the work of a wide-ranging selection of international composers: Eleanor Alberga, Andreia Pinto Correia, Patrick Castillo, Zosha Di Castri, Dai Fujikura, Helen Grime, Malika Kishino, Olivier Messiaen, Jessie Montgomery, Juri Seo, Alvin Singleton, Tōru Takemitsu, Alejandro Viñao, Thomas Meadowcroft, and Trevor Weston. This group consciously includes women and people of color, but is also diverse in other ways; there are newcomers and standard-bearers; lovers of tonal melody and artists embracing dissonance; and important composers from the U.S. and many representing other parts of the world, notably Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Jamaica, Japan, Portugal and Scotland.

Concerts in this series include a rich array of newly recorded performances along with archival recordings, interview clips, and supporting material to help introduce the composers to new audiences and deepen the listening experience for those already familiar with the composers and their work. A special section on the CMS Website will offer additional insights through extensive historical and biographical information along with program notes.

The full events will remain available to watch on demand. Free admission.

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Composers in Focus:

CMS welcomes Zosha Di Castri, Jessie Montgomery, Tania León and Joan Tower and offers audiences a rare opportunity to sit in on intimate conversations between composers and musicians who know each other’s work, and in some cases have known each other for decades. The webinar-style presentations will include live, real-time conversations with composers as well as pre-recorded performances of their music.

Free admission with required Zoom registration.

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New Milestones Resources

Learn more about these programs with additional essays, photos, videos, and more!

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