The world premiere of ARCO, the Armory-commissioned orchestral work co-composed by Paul Haas, Paul Fowler and Bora Yoon and performed by Sympho, New York Polyphony, and Charles Perry Sprawls. ARCO is a visionary soundscape that sonically accentuates the unique spatial design of the Armory's drill hall while reflecting on the notion of human transformation and the in?nite inclusivity of universal cycles: creation, reincarnation, resurrection, and the continual process of rede?nition.
The music blends time periods and styles from Western and Eastern Classical traditions. The evening begins with Arvo Pärt's epic Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, and weaves through original composition and music drawn from composers ranging from Perotin and Monteverdi to Beethoven and Byrd, resulting in a multi-layered sound experience. This musical exploration of an architectural icon and of the human condition provides an eventful curtain-raiser to the festival.