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Nico Muhly's "Aston Magna" Commission


    Founded by Lee Elman and the late Albert Fuller, the Aston Magna Music Festival, now under the musical direction of Daniel Stepner, is America’s oldest annual summer festival devoted to music performed on period instruments.

Nico Muhly is a composer who has written a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Ballet Theater, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, violinist Hilary Hahn, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Seattle Symphony, and many others. Muhly has also lent his skills as performer, arranger and conductor to Antony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear, Usher and - all together now - many others. In 2011, Muhly’s first full-scale opera, Two Boys, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater and the English National Opera. Oh, and by the way - he’s 32 years old.

Daniel Stepner

  Now, the Aston Magna Festival has commissioned Muhly to write a work inspired by The Aston Magna Estate in Great Barrington, MA.

The work will be performed in a program of Italian Trio Sonatas tonight at Brandeis University, at 8 p.m., tomorrow at Bard college at 8 p.m. and Saturday at Bard College at Simon’s Rock at 6 p.m.

Sarah has been a public radio producer for over fifteen years. She grew up in Saranac Lake, New York where she worked part-time at Pendragon Theatre all through high school and college. She graduated from UAlbany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board-op in the control room. Through a series of offered and seized opportunities she is now the Senior Contributing Producer of The Roundtable and Producer of The Book Show. During the main thrust of the Covid-19 pandemic shut-down, Sarah hosted a live Instagram interview program "A Face for Radio Video Series." On it, Sarah spoke with actors, musicians, comedians, and artists about the creative activities they were accomplishing and/or missing.
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