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Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been a hot commodity for two decades. Ever since his orchestral work, Dust Dances (1994) was played by the American Composers' Orchestra, he has steadily received high-profile premieres and commissions, and three recordings of his works. At 47, he is established on two coasts, having just finished a residency with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and begun a term as artistic director of the ACO.

His music has been played here and there on new music programs in the Bay Area, but the average listener may have some catching up to do, given how prolific Bermel has been. The New Century Chamber Orchestra has finally taken the plunge, naming him their "Featured Composer" for the 2014-2015 season, and giving us all an opportunity to have a sustained, live introduction to the music of this highly appealing composer.

READ THE FULL San Francisco Classical Voice INTERVIEW HERE