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Cantori New York and PRISM Saxophone Quartet join to bring new music, new ideas to U.S. shores
by Cabe Franklin for Vocal Area Network
Posted February 25, 2007

Cantori and PRISMTwo venerable innovators of Northeast chamber music performance will join forces this March to present a weekend of concerts introducing new music to American audiences. Cantori New York and the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, each of which has won an ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming, will present the U.S. premieres of three works for choir and saxophone in performances on March 10 (New York) and March 11 (Philadelphia). The shows will mark the first collaboration between the two groups.

The genesis of the shows lay in the relationship between Cantori New York and one of the featured composers, the Estonian Erkki-Sven Tüür. Cantori delivered the U.S. premiere of Tüür's Requiem in June 2003, a performance The New York Times called "strong and distinctive." Tüür, winner of the Cultural Prize of Estonia in 1991 and 1996, soon became interested in Cantori bringing another of his pieces to America; specifically his Meditatio for choir and saxophones. The project was eventually put on hold due to restrictions on th