Sirota Works to Bow in 2006-2007
The 2006-2007 season gets off to an auspicious beginning for Robert Sirota. Having completed his first year as the Manhattan School of Music's president, the composer has also finished two major orchestral works, both of which are to premiere in the new season. The sixteen-minute Epiphanies for String Quartet and Orchestra will be introduced by the Chiara String Quartet with Lincoln's Symphony (Nebraska) (and heard again in Tyler, Texas in January). Meridians for Orchestra is slated for an October premiere in Singapore and performed again a month later in Toronto. Both works are scheduled for publication by Music Associates of New York.
Sirota's moving string quartet entitled Triptych, also premiered and recorded by the Chiara String Quartet, will be performed by that ensemble in New York at the beginning, and by the American String Quartet, late in the season as well as at the 2007 Aspen Music Festival.
Other Sirota performances already scheduled include Dark Dances for viola and piano, and Mixed Emotions for piano solo.