Frans Lanting's LIFE: A Journey Through Time is the festival's first commission in decades. The multi-media work features a score by Glass accompanying Lanting's nature photography. Other world premieres include Michael Gatonska's The Whispering Wind and Greg Smith's The Melodic Life.
West Coast premieres include Michael Daugherty's Time Machine, Aaron Jay Kernis's Newly Drawn Sky, Thomas Ads's America — A Prophecy and Nicholas Maw's Concert Suite from his opera Sophie's Choice. The last two works feature mezzo Gale Fuller.
Soloists include renowned Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who will perform Kevin Puts's Percussion Concerto and give a solo recital, and violinist Leila Josefowicz, who will perform Mark Grey's San Andreas Suite and Elevation.
Marin Alsop, currently principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony and director-designate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is a champion of new music, frequently programming composers such as the Scotsman James MacMillan and the American Christopher Rouse. She also often conducted contemporary repertoire in her former post of music director of the Colorado Symphony.
Alsop recently led the world premiere recording of John Corigliano's Violin Concerto, commissioned and performed by Joshua Bell and scheduled for CD release on Sony later this year.