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New Century Chamber Orchestra Soars with Derek Bermel?s Murmurations / San Francisco Classical Voice

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"Folks in the States tend to like to shoot them, because they are a nuisance. But… they're also incredibly beautiful," composer Derek Bermel says. He was not referring, jokingly, to accordionists or bagpipers, but rather, describing starlings, whose flocking movements were the inspiration for his 2015 work Murmurations. The piece received its West Coast premiere this week by the New Century Chamber Orchestra at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, rounding out a program of Stravinsky and Schubert.

Grammy-nominated composer Bermel lists among his influences Jackson 5, Bartók, and a diverse range of international musical cultures. He has received commissions from the Pittsburgh and Saint Louis Symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and eighth blackbird, among other groups. Bermel came to New Century as its 2014–15 Featured Resident Composer; Jennifer Higdon will be in residence next season.  READ THE FULL San Francisco Classical Voice ARTICLE