Over the years MidAmerica Productions has commissioned new works and presented numerous premieres in New York. The statistics include 80 World Premieres, 19 U.S. Premieres, and 91 New York Premieres, primarily in Carnegie Hall.
World premieres have included Dinos Constantinides’ Byron’s Greece, Hymn to the Human Spirit, and Midnight Fantasy II for wind ensemble; John Rutter’s Cantate Domino, Distant Land, Magnificat, and Mass of the Children; and John Leavitt’s A Christmas Garland. Among the U.S. premieres are Mozart’s Die Schüldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Reimann’s Concerto for Violin and Cello, Tchaikovsky’s Ode to Joy, Mikis Theodorakis’ Electra and Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, and René Clausen’s Hellas: In the Name of Freedom. In May 2015, John Rutter conducted the New York Premiere of his Canticles of Creation.
MidAmerica Productions is proud to present several premieres during the 2016 season. On Easter Sunday, March 27, David Thye will conduct the premiere of Dan Forrest’s new octavo cycle, “Folk Songs of America.” The composer will accompany the work from the piano.
The World Premiere of Ivo Antognini’s major new work, A Prayer for Mother Earth, will take place on Saturday, May 28, with conductor Andrew Crane leading the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
On Sunday, June 19, MidAmerica will present two premieres in Carnegie Hall. Composer Raymond Weidner will lead the World Premiere of his Canticle of Life as well as his Psalm 23 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and composer Larry Nickel will conduct the New York Premiere of his Requiem for Peace, also with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
The good news is that there’s still time to sign on to perform one of the premieres. For more information about the premieres or other concerts in Carnegie Hall in 2016, go to http://midamerica-music.com/carnegie-hall-and-lincoln-center or call 212-239-0205. We are looking forward to your appearance in Carnegie Hall in 2016.