The New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy (NWS), and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas have launched their groundbreaking 2021-2022 season. The season builds on NWS's mission to prepare young musicians for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world, and its vision of an inclusive and dynamic future for classical music. NWS is a laboratory for generating new ideas about how music is taught, presented, and experienced and its commitment to inclusion and access defines the 2021-2022 season.
Season highlights include a Clarinet Festival with instrument greats Martin Fröst, Anthony McGill, and Jörg Widmann, and works by Claude Debussy, Nina Shekhar, and Tōru Takemitsu. This festival builds on NWS's season-long instrument festivals launched in 2019 with Viola Visions and 2021's Percussion Perspectives. The season also includes a focus on the work of composer Primous Fountain, with whom MTT has had a long relationship, and a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary celebration of music and art from the Harlem Renaissance.
Tilson Thomas shared, "The new season will be a joyous reunion of our New World Symphony Fellows, our audience, and our community. Together we look forward to continuing exploration of our rich tradition."