North American Orchestras Will Perform 165 Premieres in 2012-2013

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Notable Focal Points This Season Include:

  • Community Celebrations & Ties
  • Commissioning Consortiums and Partnerships
  • Female Composers
  • Ethnic Diversity
  • Alternative Concert Formats

New York, NY (November 7, 2012) – In the 2012-13 season, North American orchestras are performing premieres of 165 compositions by 150 composers, according to the League’s newly published Premieres List.  Of these works, 127 are world premieres, 27 are U.S. premieres and 11 are Canadian premieres.  25% of the premieres are directly connected to community celebrations or partnerships.

“Even in challenging times, orchestras continue to champion the work of the present day. And they are clearly embracing closer ties to community priorities in addition to artistic goals,” said League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen.

Notable trends this season include:

  • Community celebrations and collaborations:  25% of this season’s premieres are prompted by local ties and connections:  city celebrations and anniversaries, cultural partnerships or local composers with a relationship to the community
  • Commissioning consortiums and partnerships:  15% of this season’s premieres are the result of funding partnerships between orchestras, presenters or cultural organizations
  • Female composers:  14% of this season’s premieres are composed by women.
  • Ethnic diversity:  10% of this season’s premieres represent composers whose backgrounds include influences beyond Western Europe.  
  • Alternative formats:  10% of this season’s premieres will be programmed in alternative casual concerts aimed at attracting younger or new audiences or will include after-concert parties

Living composers who will have more than one work premiered include:

John Luther Adams
Mason Bates
Daniel Bjarnason
Unsuk Chin
Anna Clyne
Michael Daugherty
Gabriela Lena Frank
Peter Lieberson
Tod Machover
Steven Mackey
Michael Oesterle
Matthias Pintscher
Christopher Rouse,
Kaija Saariaho
Sean Shephard
Augusta Read Thomas
Wayne Shorter


A detailed fact sheet analyzing these trends can be found here.

The complete Symphony Premieres Listing can be found here:

By orchestra     By composer

Each summer, Symphony, the magazine of the League of American Orchestras, compiles a list of world, U.S., and Canadian premieres scheduled for the upcoming season. The list includes names of the works, the orchestras premiering them, scheduled premiere dates, conductors, commissioning parties, and soloists. Titles and names not provided by the orchestras in the survey are designated TBA. The list is compiled based on responses to a League of American Orchestras survey and is not meant to be comprehensive. 

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of approximately 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.