Conductor Jeffrey Milarsky returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to lead the LA Phil New Music Group in a Green Umbrella concert, Tuesday, April 10, at 8 pm. The concert features the world premiere of Oscar Bettison's LA Phil-commissioned Livre des Sauvages, the U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Five Star Signs, and John Cage's Concerto for Prepared Piano, performed by Gloria Cheng. Milarsky replaces John Adams, who had to withdraw as conductor due to scheduling demands.
The concert opens with Five Star Signs from Stockhausen's Tierkreis, replacing the originally scheduled complete Tierkreis set. Following is Cage's Concerto for Prepared Piano. The concert closes with Bettison's chamber concerto Livre des Sauvages. The title of the piece comes from a crude graphic novel of the same name about intersecting cultures with a mysterious origin, most likely written by a European reflecting on Native Americans of the late 18th or early 19th centuries.
Jeffrey Milarsky's wide-ranging repertoire, which spans from Bach to Xenakis, has brought him to lead such groups as the San Francisco Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Milwaukee Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New World Symphony and the New York Philharmonic chamber music series. In the United States and abroad, he has premiered and recorded works by contemporary composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Fred Lerdahl, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Gerard Grisey, Jonathan Dawe, Tristan Murail, Ralph Shapey, Luigi Nono, Mario Davidovsky, and Wolfgang Rihm. Milarsky is Senior Lecturer in Music at Columbia University, where he is the Music Director and Conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. In addition, he is on the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Percussion Ensemble as well as the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Music Performance Program. He is Music Director at AXIOM, the Juilliard School's critically acclaimed contemporary ensemble. In September of 2008, he was named to the conducting faculty of the Juilliard School. In addition, he is on the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Percussion Ensemble as well as the Music Director of AXIOM, the Juilliard School's critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble. In September of 2008, he was named to the conducting faculty of the Juilliard School. An in-demand timpanist and percussionist, Milarsky has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony, among other ensembles. As an active chamber and orchestral musician, Milarsky performs and records regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Composers Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, and Concordia. He has recorded extensively for Angel, Bridge, Teldec, Telarc, New World, CRI, MusicMasters, EMI, Koch, and London Records.