Symposium: John Harbison, David Zinman and Paula Murrihy on the genesis of a new symphony
January 11, 2012
In anticipation of the world premiere performances of John Harbison’s Symphony No. 6 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on January 12, 13, 14 and 17, 2012, the BSO and MIT will jointly present a roundtable discussion on the genesis of the new composition at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium from 6-7pm on Wednesday, January 11. The discussion will focus on several different aspects of the new work: its commissioning, composition, and rehearsal. Joining composer and MIT Institute Professor John Harbison in the discussion will be Maestro David Zinman, a longtime advocate of Mr. Harbison’s music, who will conduct the BSO for these performances; and mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, who will sing Mr. Harbison’s setting of James Wright’s poem Entering the Temple in Nimes, featured in the first movement of the new symphony. The discussion will be moderated by BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator Benjamin Schwartz, and will include a live performance of a vocal excerpt of the symphony with Ms. Murrihy. 6pm, Kresge Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Visit David Zinman at http://www.davidzinman.org. Paula Murrihy at www.paulamurrihy.com and John Harbison at http://web.mit.edu/music/facstaff/harbison.html.