American Contemporary Music Festival in The National Gallery Of Art, Washington DC.
Vladimir Lande, festival music director and conductor.
The American Music Festival at the National Gallery of Art is the longest- running festival of its kind. Since its inception in 1944 by the Gallery's first head of music, Richard Bales, the festival has hosted more than 150 world premieres of works by American composers.
The Gallery has drawn on the expertise of two American music specialists in planning and organizing the festival. Composer and music consultant Peter Robles, guest artistic director, brings years of experience in creating tours and commissions for living composers.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and Princeton University, Dr. Robles is also guest curator of the Mile High Voltage Festival at the University of Denver, scheduled for February 2010. For the main concert of the Gallery's festival, featuring the National Gallery of Art Orchestra on November 29, he chose the theme "Lines in Motion." The concert will include Symphony no. 2 by John Corigliano, one of America's most noted composers and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music, as well as Waves by Fred Lerdahl, the Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition at Columbia University.
The concert will also include the premiere United States performance of a violin concerto by James Aikman, Lines in Motion. The festival features chamber music by Pierre Jalbert, Steve Reich, and Yehudi Wyner, and solo piano works by William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, and Leon Kirchner.
The 64th American Music Festival will also feature guest music director Maestro Vladimir Lande. An oboist who was one of the youngest principal players in the history of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Lande is now principal guest conductor of the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Also music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland, the Hopkins Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Conservatory Orchestra, and the Washington Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Lande now makes his home in Baltimore and frequently guest-conducts the National Gallery of Art Orchestra, as he will in the festival on November 29.