World Premieres: New Music from Philadelphia (NYC)

Credited with more than 300 commissions since its founding, the intrepid PRISM Quartet (Matthew Levy, Timothy McAllister, Zachary Shemon, Taimur Sullivan) presents a program of new and recent works by composers with deep ties to the City of Brotherly Love. The program features world premieres by four extraordinarily talented composition students, each representing one of four eminent music institutions in Philadelphia: Atomic Tangerine and Indigo; Green by Elise Arancio (Curtis Institute of Music), Spliced Tapes by Brendan McMullen (University of Pennsylvania), Four Short Songs by Gloria Quinn (University of the Arts), and Transgression (Act of Sin) by Sepehr Pirasteh (Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance). All four works were commissioned by the newly-formed Philadelphia Student Composers Project under the direction of Erin Busch.

The program also features past Quartet commissions from master composers with longstanding ties to Philadelphia, including Cha by Philadelphia native and Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe from the Quartet’s 2019 album, Animal, Vegetable, MineralCha is dedicated to the memory of the composer’s father. Wolfe writes: “My favorite memory is dancing the cha-cha-cha with my father. He would hit the dance floor and take me along with him. The piece takes the cha cha as a starting point and creates a joyful deconstruction/exaggeration of the style for the sax quartet.”

Pew Fellow David Serkin Ludwig — who recently left his long-time position on the composition faculty of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music to assume the role of Dean and Director of the Music Division of the Juilliard School — contributes Josquin Microludes from the Quartet’s 2016 album, The Curtis Project. Ludwig describes Microludes as “a set of miniatures that incorporates Josquin’s Mille Regretz into its musical language, as if channel surfing between ancient music and contemporary sounds.”

The program also includes the jazz-inflected I Never Knew and Straight Up by PRISM’s frequent collaborator James Primosch (1956-2021) from the group’s 2011 album Dedication, to honor his memory and rich musical legacy. Primosch, a Guggenheim and Pew Fellow,  served on the composition faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for more than 30 years.

The program is presented on December 7 at 7:30 PM at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church located at 120 West 69th Street. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for students/seniors, and are available at Enter the code PrismPromo5 for $5 off!

Josquin Microludes (2012) by David Serkin Ludwig
I. Milles regetz de vous abandonner…
II. et d’eslonger vostre fache amoureuse
III. jay si grand dueil et paine doloureuse…
IV. quon me verra brief mes jours definer…
V. …brief mes jours definer…

Spliced Tapes (2021, world premiere) by Brendan McMullen

Atomic Tangerine and Indigo; Green (2021, world premiere) by Elise Arancio

Straight Up (2004) and I Never Knew (2007) by James Primosch


TRANSGRESSION (Act of Sin) (2021, world premiere) by Sepehr Pirasteh

Four Short Songs for Saxophone Quartet (2021, world premiere) by Gloria Quinn
I. Glide
II. Drag
III. Bounce
IV. Scrape

Cha (2015) by Julia Wolfe

All works composed for the PRISM Quartet

Covid-19 Protocols: Vaccinations and Masks
This concert is open only to fully vaccinated and masked individuals. Anyone wishing to enter the building must show a proof of vaccination – such as a Covid-19 vaccination card or an Excelsior Pass – to staff at the door. Musicians and staff members have been vaccinated.

This concert is made possible with generous support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and Conn-Selmer, Inc.

Christ & St. Stephen's Church
120 W 69th St., New York, NY 10023

December 07, 2021
7:30 PM

$25 general admissions, $20 seniors/students with ID (all fees included). Enter the code PrismPromo5 for $5 off!