#3813: New Sounds Live Concerts 2015: "My City"

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WNYC's John Schaefer interviews composer Judd Greenstein at Brookfield Place October 16, 2015
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From the New Sounds Live concert series, hear the world premiere of Judd Greenstein's My City, by the American Composers Orchestra, with DM Stith & The Crossing, recorded at Brookfield Place in October 2015. The NYC-based composer Judd Greenstein is also a co-founder of New Amsterdam Records, and the founder of the annual Ecstatic Music Festival. 

The work, one of Greenstein’s largest to date, is a song cycle in two parts: setting the text of poems by Walt Whitman, first "Mannahatta," then "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry."  My City takes its cues from the poetry, and Greenstein feels as though it’s a partnership with the singer DM Stith, the choir The Crossing, and the American Composers Orchestra. This New York-centric work extends into both the past and the future of the city, as well as finding one’s current place in it. Greenstein also says of the second poem, “Whitman zooms in to find the meaning of life in a city, the interconnectedness not just between people at a given time but between all people who have shared human experience.”

PROGRAM #3813, ACO plays Judd Greenstein's My City (First Aired 12-23-2015)  

Artist: NOW Ensemble
Work: Judd Greenstein: Change, excerpt [1:00]
Recording: Awake
Source: New Amsterdam NWAM0029
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Artist(s): American Composers Orchestra,
George Manahan, cond., with DM Stith, The Crossing
Work: Greenstein: My City – Mannahatta [8:32]
Recording: This performance not commercially available.  
More about the work: juddgreenstein.com

Artist(s): American Composers Orchestra,
George Manahan, cond., with DM Stith, The Crossing
Work: Greenstein: My City – Crossing Brooklyn Ferry [31:33]
Recording: This performance not commercially available.  
More about the work: juddgreenstein.com


Artist(s): My Brightest Diamond
Work: Shara Worden : I am not the bad guy [5:11]
Recording: This Is My Hand
Source: Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR103