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SMS High School Composers to Premiere Works at NY PHIL BIENNIAL


Lincoln Center’s Rubenstein Atrium
Sunday, June 1, 11:30 am

Special Music School High School composers Zachary Detrick and Julian Galesi will premiere new works at the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a kaleidoscopic exploration of today’s music bringing together more than 50 composers for concerts of symphonies, concertos, staged opera, chamber music and solo works. An ensemble of their fellow 9th graders will perform Detrick’s Beyond Outer and Galesi’s Vote for Sheriff, which join works by iconic composers Julia Wolfe, Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter on the Biennial program.

Influenced by his obsession with outer space, Detrick’s highly atmospheric orchestral piece explores his feelings about writing music, and about the new SMS High School, which he calls a pioneer in its field. He’s thrilled to be part of the Biennial. “It’s very exciting,” he told National Public Radio’s Jeff Lunden in a recent interview. “The fact that Special Music School High School gets to be a part of it is a big honor, and it shows you how important it is to have a place like this, where a lot of people are very excited about making music.”

“I definitely think that being a composer is what I'm alive for,” he continued. “It's what I love doing. It's where I get to be my most creative and most inspired, and I look forward to doing a lot of composition projects in the future.”

The June 1 Biennial program also includes the WORLD PREMIERE of Huang Ruo’s Chamber Concerto No. 2, The Lost Garden, performed by Kaufman’s acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music. They will also perform Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Vijay Iyer’s Three Fragments.

Zachary Detrick’s interview aired on NPR's "All Things Considered" on Wednesday, June 28. Click here to listen.