Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky looks forward to a number of important premieres this month. His orchestral tone poem Silent Spring (2011) receives its world premiere on February 17, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's eponymous book, which helped launch the environmental movement. Conducted by Manfred Honeck, this premiere performance comes courtesy of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where Stucky currently serves as Composer of the Year; after three performances at the ensemble's Pittsburgh home, the same forces undertake the new work in its New York premiere on February 25 and at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on February 26. This follows the New York premiere of Stucky's Aus der Jugendzeit(2010-11), with baritone Randall Scarlata and the Dolce Suono Ensemble, at Symphony Space on February 6.
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