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WPAS 2010-11 season

In today's Washington Post: WPAS announces a brand-name lineup for next season, by Anne Midgette.

By Anne Midgette  |  March 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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WPAS President Neale Perl’s concluding statement is unfounded.

WPAS past presidents Patrick Hayes and Douglas H. Wheeler would never have made such an irresponsible statement in announcing an upcoming season.

Rather, the two past presidents strongly and fully supported the WPAS board of directors’ affirmed mission of “embracing both the traditions of the past and the vibrant artistry of the future,” while committing “to commissioning world premieres on local stages to support artists' creativity.”

WPAS should also be criticized for not informing the Washington Post (including Anne Midgette) or the general public that last Wednesday’s performance by the San Francisco Symphony, under Michael Tilson Thomas, was to include the 18 minute local world premiere performance of a 2010 classical work by Russian composer Victor Kissine.

Posted by: snaketime1 | March 30, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What is a "local world premiere?"

Posted by: newcriticalcritic | March 30, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

It is a toured world premiere – given within a very short period of time and involving the same musicians and musical preparation -- of a new work given its premiere in another city, usually the commissioning city.

In the case of Victor Kissine’s “Post-scriptum,” the work was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and dedicated to MTT and the musicians of the SFS. It was first performed by the SFS in SF on March 4, 2010.

I would have thought that you could have figured this out yourself.

(There are also ‘unofficial world premieres,’ whereby new works are presented professionally in one city [and sometimes reviewed], while the “official” world premiere takes place in another city under different auspices, most usually those the commissioning organization. For example, I heard the unofficial world premiere of Elliott Carter’s ‘Duo for Violin and Piano’ shortly before the official world premiere in New York City. Both performances involved Paul Zukofsky – who Anne Midgette cited as a curator last week -- and Gilbert Kalish. )

Posted by: snaketime1 | March 30, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

As of today, the WPAS still does not have the info about their new season. Why?

Posted by: cicciofrancolando | March 31, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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