The Orchestra of the League of Composers/ISCM Performs World Premiere of Alvin Singleton's After Choice in Inaugural Concert

June 8, 2009

The newly-formed Orchestra of the League of Composers, led by conductor Louis Karchin, celebrates its inaugural concert on June 10, 2009, with the world premiere of Alvin Singleton's After Choice. This event, hosted by WNYC Radio host John Schaefer, also features works by Elliott Carter, Christopher Dietz, Julia Wolfe, and Charles Wuorinen. Singleton's piece represents the first work the 85 year-old organization has commissioned in several decades. Composer Carman Moore writes of After Choice:

Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for the Orchestra of the League of Composers, Alvin Singleton's 8-minute After Choice is a true gem-one of his most resourceful pieces. This extremely listenable work for string orchestra utilizes licks from the late violin master Leroy Jenkins in a manner at once austere and opulent. This work, in memory of Mr. Jenkins, juggles and juxtaposes a recurring pizzicato phrase against arco lines as it relentlessly grows. The elements of sudden silences and suspense are, of course, major players, but simply flat-out writing renders this work a true keeper.

Louis Karchin leads the Orchestra of the League of Composers in the world premiere of After Choice at Columbia University's Miller Theatre on Wednesday, June 10.

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Alvin Singleton
After Choice
for string orchestra